Located on the southern bank of the Yangtze River, Suojiang Tower is just one kilometer away in east suburb of Jiujiang City. The name is given to a group of ancient buildings including Suojiang Tower, Wenfeng Pagoda (Huilong Pagoda), four iron oxen and nearby buildings. The tower is regarded as the symbol of Jiujiang City.
Suojiang Tower was firstly built in 1558 by an official of Jiujiang City, Wu Xiu in Ming Dynasty. It was built because the geographical location of Jiujiang, surrounded on three sides by the Yangtze River, was vulnerable to floods. It took eighteen years for the tower to be built by public donations. Suojiang Tower has three stories and is surrounded by four iron oxen.
A pagoda was built near Suojiang Tower - Huilong Pagoda, also known as Wenfeng Pagoda. Standing at a height of about 35 meters (about 115 feet), people can ascend to the top of the Pagoda via a wooden staircase, where they can have a view of Jiujiang City and Yangtze River. Suojiang Pagoda is built of stones and medieval thick bricks, making its seven stories very solid.
Suojiang Tower and Pagoda were built to protect people from disasters, but these structures don't seem to have the same power over themselves. The ravages of earthquakes and wars completely destroyed Suojiang Tower. Four iron oxen were gone. In the Second World War, Japanese invaders shelled Jiujiang City with cannons. Suojiang Pagoda was caught up in a bombardment. Because of the shelling, the Pagoda now slopes northeastward; the top of the Pagoda has already strayed away from the centerline by about 76 centimeters (2 feet),but it stands still. This is an attestation to exquisite craftsmanship in ancient times.
In 2004, the local government rebuilt and restored Suojiang Tower and Pagoda in order to preserve these fantastic examples of ancient architecture. Both are well worth a visit while you are in Jiujiang.
Location: Binjiang Road, Xunyang District, Jiujiang
Entrance Fee: RMB 20
Opening hours: 8:00-17:30
Transportation: Take No.5 Bus and get off at Suojiang Tower stop.
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