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Six Harmonies Pagoda

six-harmonies-pagodaThe Six Harmonies Pagoda is 60 metres high and was built of wood and bricks to subduing the bore in 1970. An octagon supported by 24 pillars, the pagoda has 13 upturned eaves, which become progressively narrower toward the top.

six-harmonies-pagoda01Contributing to the pleasing contour of the structure, a spiral staircase leads to the top of the seven-storey pagoda, the ceiling of each storey carved and painted with figurines, flower, birds and animals whose colours are fresh and refined.

Viewed from a distance the pagoda appears to be layered, bright on the upper surface and dark underneath, a technique used in ancient Chinese architecture to alternate light and shade and clearly delineate the pagoda for an attractive long-distance view. A panoramic view of the Qiantang River (totalling 410 kilometres and the drainage area being 42,000 square kilometres) and its bridge ( construction of the bridge started on August 8, 1934 and was completed on September 26, 1937; the 1,322-metres-long bridge was designed by Mao Yisheng ( 1896-1989), a bridge expert; it is double-decked, with double railroad tracks below and a four lane highway above) is afforded from the top. If tourists are on any of the three days after the Mid-Autumn Festival (the 15th day of the 8th lunar month), they will witness the spectacular Qiantang River Bore ( one of the magnificent sights of Nature in China) when a huge wall of water rushes in with a thunderous roar. The roar of the high tides is answered by the beating of gongs and drums along the banks of the river, creating an occasion never to be forgotten.

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