Yellow Crane Tower, ( 黄鹤楼huáng hè lóu) , is one of the famous ancient towers in south of China's Yangtse River ( the other tow buildings are Yueyang Tower and Tengwang Pavillion). And it is one of the famous attractions in Hubei Province.
History of the Yellow Croan Tower
Built on the Snake Hill in the south bank of Yangtse River,Wuhan City, about 1,800 years ago, It was named after an ancient poem "The Yellow Crane Tower" was written by Cui Hao, and many Chinese can recite it. The original building of the Yellow Crane Tower was destroyed ages ago, and other buildings were built on the original spot and also destroyed. Some sources say that the last wooden building was built in the late 1800s.
The present Yellow Crane Tower is a modern building that was built in the 1980s after the old Yellow Crane Tower was destroyed to make way for the Changjiang River Bridge that was completed in 1957. The original site was on a hill next to the river. The new building was built on a hill about a kilometer away from the river. The original building was a pagoda made of wood, and the new one is pagoda-style building made of concrete.
What to see ?
Nowadays, the Yellow Crane tower is a part of a small park area on the hill called Snake Hill Park, and there are some other buildings there you can visit such as one that has inscriptions of poems that were written by Chairman Mao. There is a teahouse where you can buy refreshments and listen to performances of traditional Chinese music.
The traffic that crosses the long bridge over the Yangtze River between Hanyang and Wuchang passes by the new pagoda-style building, so you can see it on the small hill from the road if you look towards the top of the hill as you pass by. From the top of the tower, you can get a good view of the city. It is about 50 meters high and has 5 stories. There are some telescopes for tourists to use. The Museum of the 1911 Revolution is at the bottom of the hill.
However,the Yellow Crane Tower is one of the top ten attracions in Hubei Province and it attracts most tourists to visit evryday.