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Legend of the Tail-broken Bronze Ox at the Summer Palace

2016-04-29 10:20:30Share:

  The Bronze Ox with broken tail, next to the 17-Arched Bridge, attracts numerous tourists home and abroad, who always speak highly of its elegant shape and vivid expression. In fact, there is still a legend about this ox, which should speak from Empress Dowager Cixi’s extension plan towards the Summer Palace.

 

  It is said that during the construction time, Empress Dowager Cixi got this delusion that she was the queen from heaven, thus she commanded to restore the Summer Palace as “a Heaven on Earth": The tower of Buddhist Incense symbolized the Heaven Palace while the Kunming Lake the Milky Way, and the Bafang Pavilion as well as the correlation of Dragon King Temple were the mortal world.

 

  Given the Milky Way, was, of course, also had Niulang and Zhinü. Hence, a head of bronze bull, to symbolize the cowboy, was put beside the Kunming Lake, which is under the Bafang pavilion; beside the marble boat, a pavilion named Zhinü was also built. The bull’s body faced east, while its head turned to the northwest, facing directly to the Zhinü pavilion. Bounded with Kunming Lake, a formation appeared with "cowboy" at the left while "Vega" at the right.

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