The Shibaozhai Temple is a 12-story, 18th century temple built on the northern bank of the Yangtze River of China. Shibaozhai (Stone Treasure Stronghold) was erected by Emperor Qianlong on a large rock rising almost 100 feet out of the river. The Shibaozhai Temple is an architecural delight, having been built without nails. This site celebrates an ancient legend concerning a small hole in the temple wall where rice trickled out to feed the monks. Unfortunately, when the monks got greedy and enlarged the hole to make the rice flow quicker, the rice dried up altogether.
When the Yangtze River rises to its full pool in 2009, the water will reach the base of Shibahozhai, so the Chinese government is building a wall around the pavilion.
River cruise ships sailing the Yangtze River often stopover at Shibaozhai so that the passengers can climb to the top of the pagoda. The higher one climbs in the temple, the more likely your wish or dreams will come true. This may be easier said than done, since each floor of the Shibaozhai Temple is reached via a creaky, unstable ladder. I guess the climb wasn't too bad, because we all made it to the top!
Shabaozhai Temple Pictures
Entrance to Shibaozhai Temple - China Yangtze River Cruise
Shibaozhai Temple Stopover - China Yangtze River Cruise
View of Viking Century Star on the Yangtze River from the Shibaozhai Temple
Shibaozhai Temple - China Yangtze River Cruise
Rooftop of Shibaozhai Temple - China Yangtze River Cruise
Shops Along Walkway to Shibaozhai Temple - China Yangtze River Cruise
Shibaozhai Temple - Story of Ever-flowing Rice - China Yangtze River Cruise
Chinese Farms Along the Yangtze River
Shopping Along the Yangtze River