Value of White Crane Ridge
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Value of White Crane Ridge

White Crane Ridge

White Crane Ridge located on the north part of Huling district, upstream of Yangtze River. It is the only one key historical site under state protection in Three Gorges cultural sight. UNESCO conferred it "the only well protect ancient hydrological station in the world". White Crane Ridge is a natural giant stone ridge which is 1600 meters in length and 15 meters in width. From December to March in next year, it will emerge during the dry period of Yangtze River. It is said that the immortal Zhu ever cultivated himself at here, after successes, he left by riding white crane, hence the name.

Value of White Crane Ridge - Art Value

There are many poem inscriptions which were written by the man of letters in past dynasties in different styles on White Crane Ridge, such as Huang Tingjian, Zhu Xi, Pang Gongsun, Zhu Ang, Wang Shizhen and so on. So White Crane Ridge with highly art value, and praised as "the stone inscribed motto under water"

It was introduced by the heritage of Huang Tingjian that the government has receipt experts' suggestions to build the under water museum to protect White Crane Ridge stone inscription. At that time, national treasure- White Crane Ridge – will be well protected.

The stone fish carvings on White Crane Ridge not only owned important scientific research value, but also unique art value. It is the historical record of low water level of Yangtze River as well as good moral, because the pronunciation of fish in Chinese is similar to surplus. So there is one stone inscription on White Crane Ridge said: If the stone fish come out of the water in low water level, this year will be a harvest year.

Value of White Crane Ridge – Archeology Value

White Crane Ridge suited in the upstream of Yangtze River, northern of Huling District. It is the only one key historical site under state protection in Three Gorges cultural sight. UNESCO conferred it "the only well protect ancient hydrological station in the world". White Crane Ridge owns very important history, scientific and art value. The large amounts of stone inscriptions are national treasure which surprised the experts and visitors both in home and abroad.

There are 108 pieces of stone inscriptions related to hydrological science, so it gets the reputation of "under water forest of stone tablets in the world". All the inscriptions on the north slope. The time started in the first year of Guangde in Tang Dynasty (763) and ended in February 15, 1963 when the Huling cultural center was built, just 1200 years. The inscriptions recorded the low water history in 72 years. There are 180 pieces of stone inscriptions, including one in Tang Dynasty, 98 in Song Dynasty, 5 in Yuan Dynasty, 16 in Ming Dynasty, 23 in Qing Dynasty and 40 in modern times.

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