Jiaxiu Pavilion

Culture

Jiaxiu Pavilion

by Live in Guizhou


Image Source: Sohu News

Sitting on a massive rock in the Nanming River in the southern part of Guiyang, the Jiaxiu Pavilion includes three parts: the Fuyu Bridge, the main building of Jiaxiu Pavilion, and Cuiwei Garden. It was first built in the 26th year during the reign of Wanli in the Ming Dynasty. Jiaxiu Pavilion got its name from the builder who believed that people in Guiyang are the finest and most talented; that is the inner meaning of Jiaxiu in Chinese.

Jiaxiu Pavilion is a magnificent three-storied building, 20-meter-high with three eaves and a pointed top containing carved windows and red lattices and upturned eaves on all sides. Downstairs is the Fuyu Bridge, which spans the north and south banks. Under the bridge, the clear blue swirling water forms a pool named Hanbi. When night falls with all the lights on, the outline of the pavilion and the bridge are reflected in the river as if it were a fairyland.

In Jiaxiu Pavilion, you can enjoy the rich collection of stone engravings, calligraphy works, paintings, and woodwork by ancient artists. Among them is a long antithetical couplet with 206 characters written by a member of the Imperial Academy from Guiyang, which claims to be the longest in the world.

The stunning architecture, cultural significance, and scenic views make Jiaxiu Pavilion a veritable treasure of Guizhou Province and an essential stop for any traveler interested in experiencing the best Chinese history and culture.