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Mochou Lake

mochou-lakeMochou Lake is located oin Hanzhong Men Street in Nanjing. Its total area is about 148 acres. It is generally agreed that Mochou Lake is a jewel of Nanjing.

mochou-lake01According to legend, the lake was named after a woman called Mochou. She died of loyal love to her husband. In admiration of this brave woman, millions of people from both home and abroad have come to visit this place.

The lake was turned into a park in 1952. Behind the threshold, visitors will see rockeries, pools and fountains. Lying behind is the famous Shengqi Pavilion (Pavilion of Winning I-go). On the ancient two-story-pavilion, there are paintings and calligraphy works being displayed. A legend says that at the beginning of the Ming dynasty (1368-1644), Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang often summoned Xu Da, his general to play Chinese I-go (a strategy board game) with him on the pavilion. Xu always pretended to lose, although he was more skillful in the game than his lord. Later the emperor perceived the truth and ordered him to play fair, Xu not only won the game and but also arrayed his chessman into Chinese characters 'Wan Sui' which means “ Long live (His Majesty.)!” Then the emperor was deeply impressed and granted the pavilion and the lake to Xu. That is the origin of the name of the pavilion.

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