Yanshui Pavilion

Yanshui PavilionYanshui Pavilion

Yanshui Pavilion is located in the southern bank of Gantang Lake. It was the place where Zhou Yu (renowned general in Three Kingdom Era) trained his troops. In Tang Dynasty, Bai Juyi, a famous poet of the Tang Dynasty, who served as the commander of Jiangzhou at the moment, built a pavilion called Jinyue. In Song Dynasty, Zhou Dun Yi, a distinguished scholar, built another pavilion along the bank, called Yanshui Pavilion. With time passing by, two pavilions were destroyed.

By the end of Ming Dynasty and early Qing Dynasty, they were rebuilt on original location, which are well-preserved until now. That was the origin of its current name-Yanshui Pavilion.

After the liberation, the pavilion underwent repairs and maintenance, and zigzag bridge connected to the bank was built. As a matter of fact, the buildings on Jinyue Island fall into three sections. They are normally called Yanshui Pavilion even if they have their own features.

Yanshui Pavilion has long been the venue where refined scholars and poets get together. Inside the pavilion are couplets and tablet in different styles inspired by the landscape around. some focus on description of events and landscape, and others focus on emotions. It is  fun to wander around the pavilion and admire those brilliant works.

In ancient times, Yanshui Pavilion was the place where people offered sacrifices to virtuous scholars and officials in Tang, Song and Ming Dynasties. The halls and rooms have been uses as Jiujiang Cultural Relics Showroom, in which unearthed relics which local characteristics could be viewed.

Beside the staircase lay two stone sword boxes. As the legend has it, Jiujiang used to be harried by the pirates because the city was the opposite to two peaks in Mt. Lu Shan. According to geomancy, something must be done to keep it safe. Thus, in Song Dynasty, the official built two building alongside the pavilion. But late on it was damaged. The current stone boxes were made in Qing Dynasty during the expansion project.

According to historical record, Zhou Yu trained his troops here and defeated Cao Cao in an important battle. Hence, people built Zhou Yu Battle Exhibition Hall in the Pavilion in memory of him. The hall is the showcase of his life as a general. In the middle stands his statue with 3 meters high.

Location: Xunyang Road, Xunyang District
Entrance Fee: RMB 5
Transportation: Take Bus No.10,15,102,105 and 106.

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