Yibin, the poetic city blessed by towers
During the war of resistance, China's construction experts Liang Sicheng, Mo Zongjiang had come here to study with high evaluation . At dust, the Ancient Tower Sunshine is known as one of the eight ancient Yibin views.
The three towers in Yibin suburbs are hoary , especially the Jiuzhou Tower. But they all rank among the Chinese famous tower after thousands of years.
Built tower in the south to keep Fengshui
Yangtze River waterway is dangerous since the ancient time,according to folklore, which is because of the evil monsters.Therefore, the ancestors built the towers to repress the monsters .Many Fengshui towers were situated at downstream of the river to lock the water gate in order to remedy the loss of wealth taken away by the water.So did the towers of Yibin.
Along the way down to the Yangtze River, we came to Nanxi,the First County of Yangtze River. You will see two towers,Zhennan Tower and Yingnan Tower, standing on each side of the river bank.
Zhennan Tower is located in Nanxi District,Jiangnan town,Honglin village, commonly known as the Old Tower. It was built between Yuan and Ming dynasty and had maintenance in Qing dynasty.
The tower faces west. The top of the tower was damaged in the Cultural Revolution. The brick tower is 24 meters in height with octagonal shape and seven eaves. All levels have shrines and octagonal algaes. The top of the tower are carved with the sculptures of Two Dragons Playing With a Pearl and Double Phoenixes Face The Sun. The tower is rough and quaint, having the style of constructions in Yuan and Ming. Standing on the top of the tower, broad view can be seen in front of you with imposing mountainous landscapes and city.It is just like the mirage!
Yingnan tower, commonly known as the new tower, located in Nanxi District Jiangnan town Xinta village.It was built in the Ming dynasty and repaired in Jiaqing years in Qing dynasty.The brick tower is 26.5 meters in height with octagonal shape and seven eaves. Each floor has arch-shaped doors and windows. Yingnan tower is tall and beautiful built by sophisticated architecture technology,which made a dramatical comparison to the old tower.
Nanxi ancient city was built in the Ming Dynasty with nine gates including Fuyuan door in the east,Yingen door, Fengxiang door in the north, Huangdu door in the east-north,Jinjiang door in the Southwest, Cuijin door,Wenming door and Guangfu door in the South and Yingying door in the East. Nanxi city gates’ layout is very elegant. From the perspective of urban fengshui, Nanxi location is not ideal, because the city is located in the river erosion area and the river was anti-arches facing the ancient city.Therefore, the ancient city planed to built Zhenan tower and Yingnan tower to guard the river and nine gates to protect the layout of the ancient city.
Although the towers are important in fengshui theory, as a form of architecture, its construction based on geographical knowledge of the ancestral and also the instinct of the pursuit of safety,
Yibin is in the north of the Central Plains, west of Yi area, south of Yunnan, east of the river.
Which means only was guaranteed by security and wealth supply, Yibin could develop well.Therefore, in the Three Kingdoms period, Zhuge Liang stationed here because of the considerations of strategic and economic. Shu military could not compete with Cao and Wei’s, so they must stay in the south to plan in a long-term.That’s why Yibin had fengshui towers in every countries.
Tower, the foreign Buddhist architecture exists in China for more than two thousand year. The history of the first tower of Yibin also has more than a thousand years, Yibin towers shelter Yibin city, Yibin city gates guard.
Public transport: Chengdu's major stations have buses to Yibin, Chengdu East Passenger Station has trains to Yibin Nanxi.
Program one, Chengdu - Renshou - Weiyuan - Zigong - Yibin, about 265 km
Program two, Chengdu - Ziyang - Neijiang - Zigong - Yibin, about 286 km
Yibin food recommendation: Yibin hot noodles, Li Zhuang white meat and Nanxi tofu. Accommodation in Yibin city or Nanxi is very convenient and optional .