Shanxi of China:Huaqing pool中国陕西:华清池

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Huaqing pool have a very romantic story, it famous for Tangtxuanzong and Consort(贵妃ɡuìfēi)Yang, today, we will talk about this place.

Huaqing Pool is situated about 35 kilometres east of the city of Xi’an. Historically, the western Zhou dynasty saw the construction of the Li palace on the spot, in the Qin dynasty a pool was built with stones, and was given the name Lishan tang (the Lishan hot spring). The site was extended into a palace in the Han dynasty, and renamed the Li palace (the resort palace), in the Tang dynasty, Lishimin (emperor Taizong) ordered to construct the hot spring palace, and emperor Xuanzong had a walled palace built around Lishan mountain in the year of 747. It was known as the Huaqing palace. It also had the name Huaqing pool on account of its location on the hot springs.

The Tang dynasty emperor Xuanzong and his favourite lady, Consort Yang used to make their home at frost drifting hall in winter days. When winter came, snowflakes (雪花xuěhuā) were floating in the air, and everything in sight was white, however, they came into thaw immediately in front of the hall. It owed a great deal to the luke warm vapour(蒸汽zhēnɡqì) rising out of the hot spring. This is the frost drifting hall that greets us today.

In the marble boat lies the nine dragon tang (the nine dragon hot spring where emperor Xuanzong used to take baths), at the head of his court ladies and hundreds of his officials, he would come to the Huanqing palace to spend his winter days in October of the lunar calendar and return to Chang’an city as the year drew to its close. The nine dragon hot spring was originally built with crystal jade, whose surface was decorated with the carvings of fish, dragons, birds and flowers. In it twin lotus flowers also carved with white jade could be seen as well. The spring water welled from the break of an earthen jar, and spouted up to the lotus flowers. Hence the name lotus flower(莲花liánhuā) tang (the lotus flower hot spring).

Lady yang used to make a stay in this pavilion to see sights or to air her hair after a bath, therefore, it was named the hair airing pavilion. Whether the sun was rising or setting, the pavilion was aglow with sunshine; hence the name the flying roseate (玫瑰色méiɡuisè) pavilion (行宫xínɡɡōnɡ).

This is Huaqing pool, if you have chance to go to Xi’an, you must come here and have a look, it is worth for you really.

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