Red Culture Museum-Tiger Leaping Stone Crossing Site of the Red Ninth Army Corps at the Beipan River

Red Culture Museum

Tiger Leaping Stone Crossing Site of the Red Ninth Army Corps at the Beipan River

by Live in Guizhou


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On April 18, 1935, during the Long March, the Red Ninth Army Corps passed through Shuicheng, and by April 20, they reached the banks of the Beipan River. The Beipan River was known for its turbulent waters and treacherous terrain. Due to the Gaojiadu iron chain bridge being heavily guarded by the Nationalist Party, the Red Army decided to take a detour and cross the river using the Tiger Leaping Stone downstream from the iron chain bridge. Thus, a Red Army detachment of about 300 people set off with great fanfare, pretending to cross the river from the Fa’er Ferry to confuse the enemy, covering for the main force to cleverly cross the Beipan River via Tiger Leaping Stone.

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To commemorate this historical event, the People’s Government of Liupanshui erected a monument at the site of Tiger Leaping Stone in 2019, designating it as a “Cultural Relic Protection Unit of Liupanshui City.”

The Tiger Leaping Stone, where the Red Ninth Army Corps crossed the Beipan River during the Long March, is located at the boundary between Longchang Township and Ye Zhong Township in Shuicheng District. It was once an important passage across the Beipan River, holding significant value and meaning for the study of local transportation history and the history of the Long March.

In 1990, a modern road bridge, the Fada Highway Bridge, was built about 50 meters downstream from Tiger Leaping Stone, spanning the grand canyon of the Beipan River. On the stone mountain beside the southern end of the bridge, one can see an inscribed poem: “Where the Red Army once trod, today people and horses rejoice. Inheriting the martyrs’ will, changing the poor mountains and rivers.” Reading this poem, the thunderous sound of cannons seems to echo in one’s ears, and the myriad of difficulties faced appear vividly before one’s eyes.