The Construction of the Seventeen-arch Bridge2016-01-22 09:57:34Share:
There is also an interesting story about the construction of the bridge. According to the legend, the Qianlong emperor summoned many craftsmen to build the Seventeen-arch Bridge.
One day, an old man appeared at the building site. With white scruffy hair and a dusty face, the old man carried a heavy box and he asked the craftsmen, “Do you need a dragon stone?” All the craftsmen thought he was crazy for doing that.
The old man walked around and asked again and again, but no one paid any attention to his words. Three days later, he left to the east. He slept under a tree after he left.
It began raining heavily when Mr. Wang saw the old man. He felt pity for the poor fellow, so he took the old man back home. The old man shaped the stone with this hammer every day. One year later, the old man said to Mr. Wang, “I am leaving now. I have nothing to repay you for your kindness except the stone. So I’ll give it to you.” “Don’t mention it. This stone took you a whole year to carved, so it is belongs to you.” “This stone is invaluable, and you can get a big fortune.” said the old man, and he went away.
The Seventeen-arch Bridge was nearing completion. However, they couldn’t find a suitable stone for the top of the bridge. At that time, they recalled the old man’s “dragon stone”. So they decided to find him. After several days of research, they found the stone was in Mr. Wang’s house. So they paid a lot of money to buy it.
To everyone’s surprise, the stone was made for the bridge! Of course, the old man was Lu Ban, the predecessor of all Chinese craftsmen.
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