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Hanzhong Hantai Museum & Ancient Alter Ruins

Hey Hey and a Big G'Day toya,

How much of a relief is it to find out that you aren’t pregnant! I was so worried about it too!

Tuesday I got a message from Buckland’s that I needed to go for my yearly Visa Medical and as we had all forgotten about it, it was a last minute four hour dash through the mountains to Xian City where after checking in to my usual hotel I had a late night dinner and a few beers with some happy Backpackers at the hostel. Wednesday morning found Frank (Buckland’s) and I making our way from room to room at the Entry & Exit Hospital and while I was in line waiting to have my inners scanned I met a beautiful girl named Jenny who is in the process of getting her passport to move to Singapore to work in a friend’s grand hotel. She interpreted what the scanning doctors were trying to tell me and I came to the conclusion that I wasn’t pregnant which instantly had the room in hysterics.

Without a bun in the oven and with a stomach full of a delicious lunch I grabbed a bus from Xian’s South Bus Station and with thoughts of future Beers N Noodles running through my mind I retraced the previous nights pathway.

As the weather has been perfect bike riding both Brad and I can be found out and about at every opportunity possible doing our best to locate some of the historical sites hidden away behind the cities modernish facades. When hunger sets in we head for the nearest street corner night food market and fill up on whatever dish or dishes look the most delicious. Over the past week or so I’ve been doing my best to create a list of things to see and do in the Hanzhong area and I have found quite a few sites that not only look impressive but are chockablock full of history.

<u>Below are two such sites.</u>

We knew there was famous museum somewhere close to where we live but strangely we hadn’t come across it during any of our rides. When I was in the taxi heading to the bus station (to Xian) I spotted a ticket office at street level and when I looked up I saw what I thought was a beautiful temple. Today after classes we grabbed our Chinese Plod Along bikes (now named Ying & Yang), off we went and what we found was a dream for anyone who loves their camera and history and where better than in the grounds of what once was an ancient palace to learn about your local history.

The museum costs Thirty Yuan to enter and not only are the grounds beautiful but the buildings are also right up there on the 'would you look at that’ scale here in China.

I wasn’t’ going to add in the &#8216;Baijiang Ancient Alter Ruins’ as the day we visited them was cloudy and grey and both Brad and I found them to be rather dull and boring. On the other hand from pictures in the brochure along with some in the Ticket Office (also known as the Punch Office in Chinglish!) it looks as though it transforms into a theme park (possibly only during the high tourist season) with shows full of beautiful girls in traditional clothes etc so I’m thinking it will be well worth checking it out over summer depending on whether I stay at the same school.

<u>Ancient Hantai (Hanzhong Museum)</u>

In 206 BC the Qin Dynasty (221 BC-206BC) was overthrown by a peasant revolt and Xiang Yu (the armies leader) proclaimed himself the ruler of China and then named Liu Bang the Han King of the Hanzhong area. Liu Bang treated his army well, was soon joined by the masses and in the following years he fought and finally defeated Xiang Yu and united China for the first time.

This was also the beginnings of the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD).

The Hanzhong Museum is in an area called Hantai which was the original centre of Nanzheng (Hanzhong) and is built on the site of the ancient palace of the first Han Emperor Han Gaozu and is located in the southern section of the city. It is a beautiful site and houses many cultural treasures from around the area. The Hantai was a rammed earth construction in the style of the Qin royal court and faced south. The palace mainly consists of three mesas, rises via steps northwards, is seven-meter (23 feet) high and covers an area of about fourteen thousand square meters.

From the time of the Song Dynasty (960-1279) the Hantai was a pleasure ground for governmental officials in Hanzhong. Many complementary buildings were built during the following centuries which include the three-storied Wangjiang Tower (Facing River Tower) which has become a famous architectural site in Hanzhong with its unique style and graceful charm. To the south is a hall where cherry bays planted during the Han Dynasty can be found filling the air with perfume in autumn and several delicate pavilions and pools add spice to this majestic palace which also houses around twelve thousand relics. It is comprised of six display rooms containing stone inscriptions, excavated cultural relics, ancient paintings and calligraphy, modern history of Hanzhong, ancient fossils and religious statues but the most famous is the;

<u>Baoxie Ancient Plank Road Exhibition Hall</u>

To the north of Hanzhong lays the protective screen of the Qinling Mountains and to the south the dangerous and difficult Ba Mountains, together making the Hanzhong Basin a closed geographic area. The ancients increasingly expanded their territory and after making explorations through the Qin and Ba mountains opened up many paths for communication and traffic. The different tracks across the Qinling included the Ziwu Road, the Tangluo Road, the Baoxie Road and the Old Road (the Chencang road).

Passing through the Ba Mountains were the Jinniu Road ("Golden Ox"), the Micang Road ("Rice Granary") and the Yangba Road ("Lychee"). These seven roads are generally known as the Shu Roads.

The original Room has now been subdivided into sections on traffic engineering, postal stations and the poetry associated with the ancient carriageways. These reinforce the idea that although the Baoxie Road was a traffic route that for many years provided the main artery for traffic across the Qinling it was also a cultural pathway. Here, you can gain an appreciation of the different engineering structures of the past, of the claims of Baocheng to be the first among the postal stations of the Tang period, as well as enjoy the wonderful sight of the poetry and songs, stone stele and Plank Road scroll paintings.

I plan on visiting the plank road site sometime in the next couple of weeks. More on the above in one of my next blog!

<u>Hanzhong Baijiang Ancient Alter Ruins</u>

The following I have copied directly from the sites brochure. It &#8216;kind of’ gets the point across along with being fun trying to make sense of it all….enjoy.

Beginning constructs in 206 BC it is an ancient alter historical remains that is built by Liu Bang, the first founder. After he elected a good date, ate vegetarian meal without meat or wine set up the alter. The field, aritual and does obisance Han Xin for senior general. It is Shaanxi Province key cultural relic preservation oran. After Han Xin is done obeisance the senior general, he led his soldiers clearly repair the plank road darkness. Chen warehouse, fights among rivals for the throne.

Therefore Baijiang Alter is the Chinese Dynasty birthplace, also entrusts with heavy responsibility the talented person without restraint of style, results in the talented person to result in the world historical witness.

Baijiang Alter has been through repeatedly the world the millennium to obtain has restored many times, present area 50,500 square meters, floor space 43,500 square meters. Forms take Beijiang Alter the world ruins as the core, has the stronghold gate, the checkerboard square, the Taiwan waterside pavilion, the observation post in the style of antiquity and so on imitates the Chinese architectural complex and ancient constructs the botanical garden landscare graceful and friendly disposition. It is the Chinese and foreign tourist visits antiquities visits scenic sites with the scenery travelling is a body of high grade outstanding scenic site.

Beers N Noodles toya…..shane ___________________________________________________________

The soundtrack to this entry was by Iron Maiden The albums were &#8216;Number of the Beast & Live After Death’ OHHH YEAH! Scream for me Long Beach! ____________________________________________________________

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