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Yellow Crane Tower

Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen

Sincerely welcome to Wuhan . Let me introduce my team first. Mr. Liu is our driver. He has 20 years of driving,so you are in safe hands. And my name is Huang Fei, sounds like Huangfei, which means the wife of the emperor. Also sounds like Wangfei, a famous singer in China. So it always be mistaken that makes me very helpless ,but I love it, because you remember it now! Ok, Return to the topic As Confucius once said : What a great joy it is to have friends from afar! I'd like to welcome to you all. During your stay in our city, we'll do everything possible smooth your way. If you have any problems or requests, please don't hesitate to let me know. Hope that we can have a good time together and I believe we will!

Now we are on the way to Yellow Crane Tower. At first, I would like to outline the general picture of Wuhan for you. Wuhan is in the southeast of China and covers a total area of 8046 square kilometers. If you pay attention to the map of Wuhan, you will notice that its shape in the map looks like a butterfly. Can you guess how many people does Wuhan have? 7,000,000. Oh, no, but near it, try again. Yeah, right, 8,300,000. Wuhan has a population of 9,785,392 in the city.

Now ,Through the window,. You can see a tower located on the top of the Hill .Yes! this is the Yellow Grane Tower. And the hill is Snake hill ,in the Wuchang Town of Wuhan. This forever tower, together with Yueyang Tower of Hunan Province and Tengwang Pavillion of Jiangxi province are regarded as the three known towers in the south of the Yangtze River, of which Yellow Crane Tower is the most famous for it’s long history and magnificence. It also enjoys the fame of “unrivalled scenery” all over the world.

According to the history, the yellow crane tower was first built in 223AD during the three-kingdom period. At the beginning, the tower was originally used for military to observe the enemy’s activity. When the war finished, the tower gradually became a scenic attraction. In ancient time, many literati visited this place, and sometimes even put down poems for it .Such as Cuihao in Tang Dynasty, he wrote a famous poem which was name YELLO CRANE TOWER, and another famous poet LiBai, whose poems affected the whole dynasty in his time, also visited this beautiful place many. In this place he once saw off his friend, another poet MengHaoran, and wrote a famous poem for it to show his emotion. From then on, the yellow crane tower was well know throughout China.

Over the centuries, the tower had been destroyed by wars for many times, but its popularity with Chinese ensured that it was always rebuilt. The current tower was completed in 1985 and its design derived from a picture of Qing dynasty. It stands 51.4 meters high and has 5 floors .The appearance of the tower is the same regardless of the direction it is viewed from. The tower has 60 upturned eaves layer upon layer, covered with yellow glazed tiles and

supported with 72 huge pillars. The exports comment that it is an authentic reproduction of both the exterior and interior design, with the exception of the addition of air-conditioner and an elevator. Since ancient time, the yellow crane tower has been regarded as the symbol of Wuhan.

The whole scenery of Yellow Crane Tower is divided into four parts for visiting, The first part is the White Tower 、The tower was the oldest stone tower of Wuhan .The second part consists of the gateway, two verandas, two pavilions and the combined bronze carving of snake, crane and turtle. The third part is the main tower-Yellow Crane Tower 、The fourth part was the tablet corridor .they lie on four terrains individually.

Now we are standing in front of the main tower-Yellow Crane Tower . With yellow upturned eaves, each floor seems to have been designed to resemble a yellow crane spreading its wings to fly. Let’s enter the hall on the first floor. On the wall, there is a nine-meter (about 30 feet) long and six-meter (about 20 feet) wide painted porcelain picture which depicts clouds, rivers and cranes to represent a romantic mood in the heaven. What do you think of the picture? It is very beautiful, isn’t it? Do you know why we call the tower YELLOW CRANE TOWER? The answer lies in the picture. Have you noticed that, in the picture there is a Taoist who played a flute and rode a crane gliding through the sky? It is a story about kindness and rewarding.

Long long ago, there was a warm-hearted old man. He was very poor and ran a small wine tavern to earn a living. One day in the summer, the weather was very hot and the sun was very strong, a Taoist dressed in tattered clothes entered the alehouse. He begged the shopkeeper for wine:” Excuse me, I am very thirsty but I haven’t any money. For god’s sake, could you give me a bowl of wine?” “sure” the shopkeeper smiled: “just help yourself” and gave him a bowl of wine. After that, the Taoist often patronized the tavern and enjoyed the wine without paying money. One year later, the Taoist wanted to reward the poor man. He picked up an orange peel from the ground and drew a magic crane on the wall. When he clapped his hands, the crane can dance with the rhythm. Many people came to watch this miracle. From then on, the tavern was always full of guests. During the ten years, the old man got out of the involvement of poverty and ran a large restaurant. Ten years later, the Taoist revisited the old place. When he met Xin, Xin thanked him. He said: it is your kindness that makes you wealthy. After saying goodbye, the Taoist played the flute and then rode the crane to the sky. In honor of the yellow crane and Taoist, the old man, Xin , built a tower and named it yellow crane tower.

Now we are on the second floor, and we can appreciate various miniature copied the styles from Tang dynasty to Qing dynasty. Now, let us enjoy the yellow crane in Tang dynasty, it has two stories, the first floor was the gate of the wall , the second floor was used for visitors to enjoy the view of the city. I have a question, which resembles with the current tower most, pay attention, please. Right, the design of yellow crane tower was followed a Qing dynasty picture. Let us have a look at the model in Qing dynasty. It has 3stories, the first floor has 12eaves which represent 12 hours in one day, the second floor also has 12eaves and it stands for 12months in a year. The third floor has 24eaves and represents 24 solar terms. It is very interesting to enjoy kinds of models in different dynasties. On the three floor you can learn something about Chinese ancient culture----poem. Maybe you can try to learn Chinese from

poem and show the poem to your family members back home. Such as YELLOW CRANE TOWER, and it is very simple. Of course, if you want to enjoy the Yangtze River and the view of Wuhan, the good choice is to go to the fifth floor. And the rest time, enjoy yourself.

That’s all for the explanation to yellow crane tower. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. You will have another 30 minutes to have a look around the temple and the other three parts. If you have any problems, do let me know. I would like to repeat our bus number,WH12345. Please don’t forget. See you later.

Your current visit to China is drawing to a close. I would like to say a few words before you leave this country, though I am not a speech-maker. Times have elapsed so quickly and you have visited several scenic spots in this city. The time we stayed together was rather short and really the surface was only scratched. What the Chinese people call “looking at the flowers on the horse’s back.” Every one in the group has been very cooperative, friendly, understanding and punctual. That is what I witnessed and experienced, and as a national guide, it was much appreciated.

Parting is such sweet sorrow. Happy to meet, sorry to depart, and happy to meet again. Wish you have a nice journey home. Goodbye.