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China Wuhan Yellow Crane Tower

2 May 2018

Revolutionary tower poetry

The yellow crane tower of Wuhan

The main thing to do in Wuhan is to go to the yellow crane tower, the internet is unanimous on this recommendation, so today that is where I went. In recent times (this year) both Theresa May and Narendra Modi have visited. Today it was my turn, someone update wikipedia.

It was a very foggy day, fog blended with pollution, the actual pollution measuring thing says its not bad, so maybe it was actual fog. The fog mainly MATERIALIZED as I crossed the magnificent Yangtze river. This river is no joke, very very wide, and big enough for oil tankers to sail up from Shanghai. I am convinced it was generating its own weather, it was much windier and much foggier when I was over the river, also much colder. Much.

Anyway, both my walk to the yellow crane tower and the crane tower and the surrounding gardens were all excellent. The tower is well worth the reputation as THE place to visit in Wuhan. There is some debate how many times it has been rebuilt, with the current theory being 12. Most times it burnt down. The current version was built in 1981 and is now made of concrete to discourage burning.
In the grounds is a house where Mao hung out and wrote poems and the whole place overlooks the location of the 1911 revolution. This will all be described further in my photos, because I am a very well respected historian.

China-Wuhan-Yellow Crane Tower - Before even getting to the yellow crane tower park for revolutionary ideas and idealogical poetry, I first passed through a different park for the ere

Before even getting to the yellow crane tower park for revolutionary ideas and idealogical poetry, I first passed through a different park for the erection of the tv tower in memory of the fallen martyrs. It was very nice.


China-Wuhan-Yellow Crane Tower - Impressive statues everywhere.

Impressive statues everywhere.


China-Wuhan-Yellow Crane Tower - Quite a few people were enjoying the morning fog.

Quite a few people were enjoying the morning fog.


China-Wuhan-Yellow Crane Tower - The tv tower arises from the giant mystical cauldron used for the expunging of hermaphrodites, impure thoughts and ghosts.

The tv tower arises from the giant mystical cauldron used for the expunging of hermaphrodites, impure thoughts and ghosts.


China-Wuhan-Yellow Crane Tower - The tv tower is currently sponsored by oppo, which is re-branded as OnePlus in the USA so they can all pretend its not the Chinese government.

The tv tower is currently sponsored by oppo, which is re-branded as OnePlus in the USA so they can all pretend its not the Chinese government.


China-Wuhan-Yellow Crane Tower - The tv tower throws you out onto a bridge to cross the Yangtze, the fog became very apparent. Through the fog I could see that the river banks are wel

The tv tower throws you out onto a bridge to cross the Yangtze, the fog became very apparent. Through the fog I could see that the river banks are well developed and look like a nice place to exercise on the big steering wheels, run backwards, hug a tree or go dancing.


China-Wuhan-Yellow Crane Tower - Now I will cross the Yangtze, enjoy the view. Its very high up, a train runs underneath me, bullet trains!

Now I will cross the Yangtze, enjoy the view. Its very high up, a train runs underneath me, bullet trains!


China-Wuhan-Yellow Crane Tower - The mid point. Before I got here some big ships went under, but they had vanished by now.

The mid point. Before I got here some big ships went under, but they had vanished by now.


China-Wuhan-Yellow Crane Tower - I made it across!

I made it across!


China-Wuhan-Yellow Crane Tower - Here is a view of the bridge. I suspect you can walk over every bridge in China, if they didnt provide a walkway, people would just walk on the road.

Here is a view of the bridge. I suspect you can walk over every bridge in China, if they didnt provide a walkway, people would just walk on the road.


China-Wuhan-Yellow Crane Tower - Those towers you can almost see ahead, they were my destination today.

Those towers you can almost see ahead, they were my destination today.


China-Wuhan-Yellow Crane Tower - Time to yellow crane tower. They built it using big yellow construction cranes, thats how it got its name.

Time to yellow crane tower. They built it using big yellow construction cranes, thats how it got its name.


China-Wuhan-Yellow Crane Tower - There is an admission fee, about $15 so not cheap, it was not very busy today.

There is an admission fee, about $15 so not cheap, it was not very busy today.


China-Wuhan-Yellow Crane Tower - Nearly as amazing as the tower were these pink plants. Everyone was posing with them. They are real and really are that pink. This old lady was a conc

Nearly as amazing as the tower were these pink plants. Everyone was posing with them. They are real and really are that pink. This old lady was a concubine to the last emperor, she hates this place because its where the revolution started. She came here today to show her disrespect.


China-Wuhan-Yellow Crane Tower - A bit more tower, see the fog hanging around the base still? Actually its dry ice, they were also playing the theme from Titanic (popular movie) to ho

A bit more tower, see the fog hanging around the base still? Actually its dry ice, they were also playing the theme from Titanic (popular movie) to honor actual survivor of the titanic sinking - current UK Prime Minister Theresa May who recently visited.


China-Wuhan-Yellow Crane Tower - Some gates, pink flowers, enjoy.

Some gates, pink flowers, enjoy.


China-Wuhan-Yellow Crane Tower - Under the tower is a network of tunnels, they have doors which I assume lead into the base of the tower, but they were properly locked. I tried to bre

Under the tower is a network of tunnels, they have doors which I assume lead into the base of the tower, but they were properly locked. I tried to break in but failed.


China-Wuhan-Yellow Crane Tower - Back of tower with green trees. Fog was lifting by now.

Back of tower with green trees. Fog was lifting by now.


China-Wuhan-Yellow Crane Tower - Inside the tower they have made a nice picture of the tower, in case from the time it takes to step inside the tower you forgot where you were. This o

Inside the tower they have made a nice picture of the tower, in case from the time it takes to step inside the tower you forgot where you were. This old couple are visiting from Qingdao to celebrate their wedding anniversary, they were inspired by Maos poems as children and always wanted to visit the place that inspired his poetry. Their favourite poem is the one about the bee that flew to the moon and turned into a radish.


China-Wuhan-Yellow Crane Tower - Like so many temples around the world that have been destroyed many times, the inside describes all the ways it was previously destroyed and what it u

Like so many temples around the world that have been destroyed many times, the inside describes all the ways it was previously destroyed and what it used to look like. At one point it fell down due to careless cleaning practices.


China-Wuhan-Yellow Crane Tower - This isnt taken from the top, but I had to take a photo because a bullet train is coming! It goes right past the edge of the tower after crossing the

This isnt taken from the top, but I had to take a photo because a bullet train is coming! It goes right past the edge of the tower after crossing the Yangtze on the lower deck of the bridge I walked over. You can see the curve onto the bridge in the fog which lingers mainly over the river.


China-Wuhan-Yellow Crane Tower - Now for some view, many of the buildings have elaborate roof gardens. They look very nice, even on some buildings that otherwise look horrible.

Now for some view, many of the buildings have elaborate roof gardens. They look very nice, even on some buildings that otherwise look horrible.


China-Wuhan-Yellow Crane Tower - Here is the rest of the park, there are many other monuments and things to see, as you will soon see, you see, I see, we all see. We are nowhere near

Here is the rest of the park, there are many other monuments and things to see, as you will soon see, you see, I see, we all see. We are nowhere near the sea.


China-Wuhan-Yellow Crane Tower - Here is a bell you can dong. I dont think I am allowed to dong the bell.

Here is a bell you can dong. I dont think I am allowed to dong the bell.


China-Wuhan-Yellow Crane Tower - Nice green park, very impressive.

Nice green park, very impressive.


China-Wuhan-Yellow Crane Tower - One of the other towers is an art gallery, currently showing what appears to be comic cells. Some had pictures of superman, or people onboard a subway

One of the other towers is an art gallery, currently showing what appears to be comic cells. Some had pictures of superman, or people onboard a subway etc. I couldnt really read the writing, the handwritten cursive characters are too hard to read.


China-Wuhan-Yellow Crane Tower - Mr Wang is a business man visiting Wuhan to negotiate the price of PVC from which he makes blinds specifically for covering fridges when stores close.

Mr Wang is a business man visiting Wuhan to negotiate the price of PVC from which he makes blinds specifically for covering fridges when stores close. Today he is making a side trip to yellow crane tower to send his elderly mother a photograph of a place they visited together in 1981 - when the tower was last being reconstructed. Mr Wang noted that many of the little stores in the park do not have fridge blinds.


China-Wuhan-Yellow Crane Tower - 'Barry' did not want to go to school today so he is hiding in the park, he is confident that his auntie will not find him here because she is busy wat

'Barry' did not want to go to school today so he is hiding in the park, he is confident that his auntie will not find him here because she is busy watching Korean soap operas and eating pigs trotters. Although he expressed some concern that having his photo taken would provide evidence of his truancy, he admitted that a waterfall plus his amazing haircut was a combination too good to deny the world.


China-Wuhan-Yellow Crane Tower - This is the house / mansion where Mao came for holidays every year and 'paid' poets to write poems that he could attribute to himself. There seems to

This is the house / mansion where Mao came for holidays every year and 'paid' poets to write poems that he could attribute to himself. There seems to be some debate if payment was cash or a license to continue living for another year.


China-Wuhan-Yellow Crane Tower - As ever, you exit the park through a street filled with souvenirs. They are always so sad when I go into one of their stores and buy a bottle of water

As ever, you exit the park through a street filled with souvenirs. They are always so sad when I go into one of their stores and buy a bottle of water.


China-Wuhan-Yellow Crane Tower - This is a former military compound that was the site of the Wuchang uprising in 1911. Despite often being attributed to Sun Yat-Sen, he was was actual

This is a former military compound that was the site of the Wuchang uprising in 1911. Despite often being attributed to Sun Yat-Sen, he was was actually in the USA at the time on holiday! You can fact check that, I was amazed.


China-Wuhan-Yellow Crane Tower - There are many statues celebrating the fall of the last emperor - Puyi. His wikipedia article makes for interesting reading, a tale of eunuchs, a sadi

There are many statues celebrating the fall of the last emperor - Puyi. His wikipedia article makes for interesting reading, a tale of eunuchs, a sadistic 7 year old, and his only friend his wet nurse. Was that all in the movie?


China-Wuhan-Yellow Crane Tower - This is the 1911 revolution museum. It was closed today. Possibly because it was open for the holiday yesterday. I probably would not have gone in any

This is the 1911 revolution museum. It was closed today. Possibly because it was open for the holiday yesterday. I probably would not have gone in anyway, very impressive looking building.


China-Wuhan-Yellow Crane Tower - Last photo, a crappy looking part of Wuhan, another exciting trip to find the subway station through construction sites. Now I will do my washing!

Last photo, a crappy looking part of Wuhan, another exciting trip to find the subway station through construction sites. Now I will do my washing!


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