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Manila/China September 2018 - Xian - Huaqing Palace and Hot Springs

Added: Sunday, February 17th 2019 at 9:41am by Maria
 
 
 


30km east of Xian, Huaqing Palace and Hot Springs features the Imperial Pools of the Tang Dynasty, The Pear Garden, Frost Flying Hall, Nine-Dragon Lake, Five-Room Building and Mount Li.


Mt Li provides a beautiful back drop for this magnificent tourist attraction.





Huaqing Pool is famous for the romantic love story of Tang Emperor Xuanzong and his concubine Yang Yuhuan.
 



It's said that King You first built a palace here during Western Zhou Dynasty (1046BC - 771BC) at the foot of Mount Li.

In later dynasties, additions to the palace had been made.

During his reign, the Emperor Xuanzong spent dizzying amounts of his funds to expand it to a luxurious palace named Huaqing Hot Springs or Huaqing Palace.



 


Inside Huaqing Pool, there are still five hot spring pools remaining: the Lotus Pool, Haitang Pool, Star Pool, Shangshi Pool, and the Prince Pool.



The Lotus Pool was Emperor Xuanzong's private bathing pool, which looks like a lotus.




Haitang Pool, also named Guifei Pool, is like a Chinese crabapple and was for Yang Yuhuan.

The Star Pool was said to have no roof, so one can bath there at night, enjoying the whole stars.




Shangshi Pool was for the officials, and the Prince Pool, of course, for the Prince.
 

The Pear Garden in Huaqing Pool is the most famous imperial theater in China.

In the Garden, Emperor Xuanzong and his concubine Yang Yuhuan created many tunes and dances.

We were told these pear trees were the original and they are still bearing fruit after all these years.




However, the most famous one, Ni Shang Yu Yi Qu has been long-lost.

West of the Pear Garden stands Frost Flying Hall, aka Feishuang Hall in Chinese, the bedroom palace of Emperor Xuanzong.



the trees and the gardens and ponds and lakes are truly breath-taking..


The name, Frost Flying, comes from an interesting story. It’s said that the whole hall is quite warm even in winter due to the hot springs.



When the snow fell down upon it, all snow turned into frost at once.


South of the Pear Garden and Frost Flying Hall lies the Nine-Dragon Lake, covering about 530 square meters (634 square yards). The lake is divided into two parts, with the strait crossed by the long Nine-Dragon Bridge.

Actually, there are only eight dragon stone carvings on the bridge. The ninth is carved under a pavilion by the lake.
 



one of the dragons...





Five-Room Building...

Jo, Paul and Tammy walking into the building. Tammy loves to wave hello to the camera...lol.




Another famous building in Huaqing Pool is the Five-Room Building.

It was the shelter of Empress Dowager Cixi after the Eight-Power Allied Force captured Beijing in 1900, and was also the temporary residence of Chiang Kai-shek, the leader of the Chinese Nationalist Party during the world-famous Xian Incident in Dec. 12th 1936.



On that day, it was at this place that Chiang was kidnapped by two generals and was forced to unite all Chinese people to fight against enemies.


the koi pond surrounding the building...


one of the many pagodas around the gardens of the palace..




this place really has so many interesting things to see and it is a very beautiful place to visit.



 
Mount Li...



Mount Li is part of the Huaqing Pool Scenic Area, and is famous for the Beacon Tower fortification of the Western Zhou Dynasty located on the mountain.



One more place to go and see on this day's tour........


(to be continued...)





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All I can say is, wow!  Everything is so beautiful.  The pools, the views, the scenery....the list goes on and on.  The buildings are spectacular!

I loved it!!  It really is a beautiful place to visit Dani..

This is amazing and so beautiful. You are doing something that most only dream about. You are one independent Lady.

wait till you see what I'm doing in April and May this year....going to Africa to do a safari for starters!!!!  I cant wait!!

Sounds so exciting.

This was so beautiful Maria, thank you for bring it too us. Bro. Doc

You're welcome Bro Doc.  It is a very beautiful place..{#basic-smile.gif}

Yes, it is. Bro. Doc

I love those first,,Hugging pools.... beautiful  mountain ...backdrop

a beautiful place..tho some sad stories there ..

 huaging?!

no sad stories there, it was a very romantic love story actually.  Yes this place is truly beautiful, I would have loved to have seen it during the Tang Dynasty. The opulence would have been extraordinary!!

Huaqing with a Q.

Beautiful!!!

Totally!!!

You are so right, it is breathtaking.

China has such a fascinating history, the dynasties, the emperors and empresses, the costumes were really beautiful and they had a way with art!!

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