After living in Yueyang, China for a little over three months, John and I finally went to visit the “famous” Yueyang Tower last Saturday. We were shown around by our Chinese friend, Sam, and his mother.
From what I gathered, Yueyang Tower has had quite a long history. There are five replicas of the tower during the five dynasties of its history prior to its current state situated on an island around a stream. Apparently each dynasty decided to remodel the tower. It was actually kinda cool to see how the tower has changed throughout its several thousand year history.
The actual tower was red, since it was recently renovated in some sort of beautify-China-for-tourists project. Sadly, it was not quite as impressive as in its former days (at least in my opinion, but then again I lack the appreciation of growing up with the magnificent sense of China’s history and culture). But I did get some sweet shots of the tower and the park surrounding it.
All in all, it was a fun afternoon. We got to see more of Yueyang! And hang out with a Chinese friend!
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