Ningbo. Tianfeng Tower

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The Tianfeng Pagoda is situated in the centre of Ningbo City, Zhejiang Province. With a height of about 51 meters (167 feet), this hexagonal building is a landmark and the tallest ancient structure in the city. It appears as a seven-storey tower with another seven stories underground and is renowned for its long history, architectural value and ancient artifacts.

The tower was first built in 695 in the Tang Dynasty (618-907); hence it is also known as the Tang Pagoda. Since then, this pagoda had been destroyed and reconstructed on many occasions from the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279) to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). The current tower was built in 1989. Guarded by a male and a female stone lion on the two sides, it is surrounded by a red wall, ready to tell people its long history. It is said that a great deal of silt was piled up highly to send bricks and stones up for the pagoda's construction in the Tang Dynasty. The silt left was so huge that two streets near the pagoda were named Dashani Jie (Big Silt Street) and Xiaoshani Jie (Small Silt Street). Made of bricks and wood, the exquisite pagoda boasts architectural features of the Song Dynasty (960-1279). At the same time, the elaborate tower is decorated with splendid cornices and fine carvings. Visitors get a dynamic feeling when approaching this elegant structure. More than one hundred ancient articles were unearthed here, such as a copper Buddha, ancient money, a bronze box and a priceless silver palace model covered with gold. Many of these are important ancient Chinese artifacts. They are of great help in studying the history of the tower as well as the architecture and craft of the Song Dynasty.

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Comments (57)

bonavista on October 12, 2013

Thank you very much,Det!

My best wishes,Andrey

Zygmunt Borowski on October 12, 2013

Very beautiful photo of this tower. like

Greetings from Zygmunt

bonavista on October 12, 2013

Dzekuje bardzo,Zygmunt! Thank you very much!

My best wishes,Andrey

Jan Sognnes on October 13, 2013

Fantastic tower! Excellent shot! Like

Greetings, Jan

bonavista on October 13, 2013

Thank you very much,Jan!

My best wishes,Andrey

dana ciszewska on October 14, 2013

Beautiful architecture,excellent composition.L.Dana

bonavista on October 14, 2013

Thank you very much,Dana!

My best wishes,Andrey

José Mª Alvarez Soli… on October 23, 2013

Bonita foto y edificio


Saludos, José Mª

bonavista on October 23, 2013

Thank you very much,Jose Maria!

My best wishes,Andrey

nkz on December 12, 2013

Интересная башня!

bonavista on December 12, 2013

А то! :)

Спасибо большое!

zhsv on February 27, 2015

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• • • Замечательное фото, привет из Минска. zhsv

bonavista on February 28, 2015

Спасибо большое,zhsv!

Jean Louis Capdevill… on May 21, 2015

Superbe pagode bien photographiée. Jean Louis

bonavista on May 21, 2015

Merci beaucoup,Jean Louis! Thank you very much!

My best wishes,Andrey

Ronny aus Lechbruck on March 20, 2016

Eine interessante Konstruktion und ein tolles Foto. Like

Gruß von Ronny

bonavista on March 21, 2016

Herzlichen Dank,Ronny! Thank you very muchfor your welcome visit, kind comment and like!

My best wishes,Andrey

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  • Uploaded on September 27, 2013
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    by bonavista
    • Camera: NIKON COOLPIX L120
    • Taken on 2013/04/16 10:11:46
    • Exposure: 0.005s (1/200)
    • Focal Length: 7.30mm
    • F/Stop: f/9.800
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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