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Jade Peak Pagoda

2016-06-17 15:36:00Share:

The Jade Peak Pagoda (Chinese: 玉峰塔; pinyin: Yù Fēng Tǎ) is a Chinese pagoda on Jade Spring Hill in the Summer Palace in Beijing’s Haidian District, China. The site was originally an imperial retreat during the Liao Dynasty (907–1125) and was renovated by the Qianlong Emperor (r. 1735–1796) in 1752.

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  The pagoda is 30 metres (98 ft) high, has seven stories, has an octagonal base and frame, and is built of brick and stone. Its design imitates the Cishou Pagoda of Jiangtian Temple on the Golden Hill, near Zhenjiang, Jiangsu. It was designed to appear similar to wooden structures. All eight sides on every level feature doors and windows. The walls are thick, and the interior features a wide spiral stone staircase. Niches in the walls of each storey include carved couplets by the Qianlong Emperor and once held a set of bronze Buddhas.

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  The octagonal brick and stone structure of seven storeys imitates wooden structures. Standing thirty meters high, the pagoda has doors and windows on all eight sides at each level. The pagoda walls are quite thick and the spiral stone staircase is wide and gentle, convenient for people to ascend. There are still niches in the walls of each storey, but the bronze statues of Buddha in them have long been lost. Most couplets with inscriptions by Emperor Qianlong engraved on stones alongside each niche have survived, however.