Brief intro of the scenic spot:
Penglai Pavilion is located in the Danya Mountain of Beibin Sea in Penglai city, built in the six year of Jiayou period of Northern Song Dynasty (1061 A.D.). Penglai Pavilion stands on the peak of Danya Mountain with clouds around and boasts picturesque sight. The grand ancient buildings covers an area of 18900 square kilometers and consists of Penglai Pavilion, Tianhou Palace, Longwu Palace, lvzu Palace, Sanqing Palace, Mituo temple and some outbuildings. Because of its magic vision and grand scale, it is eponymous with Huanghe Pavilion, Yueyang Pavilion and Tengwang Pavilion which are crowned as ‘Four Famous Pavilions in China’. There are numerous paintings, art works, and inscriptions of famous scholars in the pavilion. It is said that Wu Emperor of Han Dynasty arrived at Shandong peninsula and steped on Danya Mountain to seek ‘fairyland in Penglai’ many times, since then, later generations called Danya Mountain as Penglai. Danya Mountain stands by the sea; one side near the sea is an abrupt Cliff with dark red veins that is the origin of the name ‘Danya Mountain’. Located on the Mountaintop and covered by green trees, it looks like a fairy palace from a remote point. Penglai Pavilion faces to south; it is a wooden building with double-deck structure, colorful pictures and carved girders. There are 16 pillars standing down below the pavilion and a delicate corridor on top providing convenience to tourists for overlook. People could see ‘mirage’ sometimes on the Penglai Pavilion.
Ancient Ships Museum in Dengzhou
Located at east of Penglai Pavilion, the museum faces to south built in 1990, in imitation of ancient park-style buildings. The front door of the museum is a decorated archway in traditional styles, with glazed tiles roof and door top inscriptions ‘free vision’. In the west side of the gate there is an inlaid marble stele with carving ‘Ancient ships museum in Dengzhou’ on it, the east side is a inlaid granite embossment of square ancient ship. Three halls settled in the museum, one for displaying sand table of water city Penglai and two PUC display panels of ‘Traffic Map of Dengzhou Port in domestic and oversea’ and ‘Dengzhou Port Transition Diagramt’; second one for displaying some unearthed relics found in 1984 including the war ship of Yuan Dynasty, wooden and stone anchorage of Song Dynasty and Yuan Dynasty, rosewood tiller of Ming Dynasty and other kinds of ancient anchors; the third hall for displaying some cultural relics found in Xiaohai, including gallipot of Loongshan Culture, tripodia pot of Yueshi –Culture, pottery vase of Western Han Dynasty, etc, 79 pieces in total, and two copper cannons casted in 8th year of Hongwu in Ming Dynasy(1375). There were over 100 cutrual relics displayed in the Museum by 1995. it is the second special museum displaying ancient ships in China.
Dengzhou Ancient Fair
The ancient port of Dengzhou was prosperous and croded with merchant from all over the world. A special Street of ancient fair of Dengzhou built in the east Xiaohai in 1984, its surface covered by granite and 6 meter wide, over 500 meters long, with a torii in traditional style standing at the south end of the Street. The inscription ‘Ancient Fair in Dengzhou’ on top torii is made out by calligrapher Wu Zuoren, the couplet hung on the columns of the gate is ‘feed guests from ten continents and three Islands, welcome friends from five lakes and four oceans’.
Penglai Water City
Penglai water city is located in east Danya Mountain of northwest urban area. In the 2th year of Qinli of Song Dynasty (1042), Daoyuzhai(stockaded village) was built here as berthing for warships. In the 9th year of Hongwu of Ming Dynasty (1376), water city was built on the base of the former Daoyuzhai, covering an area of 270 thousand square metres, presenting an irregula oblong whose south part is wider than its north part. Seaport and defence buildings are preserved well such as floodgate, breakwater, wave-calming console, dock, lighthouse, rampart, emplacement, moat and so on. It is the most comprehensive existing ancient naval base in China.
China Shipping Museum
It is located in Taipinglou, consists of two displaying halls, the ancient one is on the first floor and the modern one on the second floor, covering an area of 240 square meters for displaying over 50 typical models of ships in all historical periods. Over 20 ship models are displayed on the first floor including the canoe made 5000 years ago, warship of Eastern Han Dynasty, Dragon boat of Sui Dynasty, tourism boat of Tang Dynasty, Zhenghe′s treasure ship of Ming Dynasty; Over 30 modern ship models are displayed on the second floor including the modern worship, cargo ship, tourism ship, passenger and goods ro-ro ship, etc. These models reproduce the developmental course of Chinese shipbuilding technology systematically and vividly, and reflect the great functions of Near-modern and Modern shipbuilding technology in the fields of exploiting maritime communications, fishery in ocean, scientific expedition, and modernization of national defense.