CHONGQING’S RED FORTRESS
Shibaozhai Pagoda, or “Stone Treasure Fortress” in English, is considered an architectural wonder of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) as it was constructed without nails. Built into a steep, craggy hill, the Pagoda’s twelve stories overlook the Yangzte River in Zhong County, Chongqing.
One of China’s largesst wooden temples, the Pagoda’s red pavilion is accessible via a wooden bridge and a yellow entrance gate adorned with dragons and lions. Shibaozhai Pagoda can be reached via cruise boats along the Yangzte River, stopping at the Pagoda for two to three hours. Another outstanding presence is that of the Pavilion, whose vivid red colour provides a striking contract to the surrounding greenery, and its surprising shape that’s similar to a pyramid.