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Dongyong Park

Last updated by chinatravel at 2015/11/4

Dongyong Park has a floor area of 500 square kilometers, built in 1984. The park is themed with the legend that a filial person named Dongyong sold himself in order to get money to have his father buried, whose behavior touched the youngest fairy lady in the heaven so much that she came down to the world and eventually married him. It accommodates all the historical and cultural relics about the story of “Tianxianpei (Marriage with the seventh Fairy Lady)”.

The gate of the park is facing the main street of Huaiyin, with red walls and glazed tiles, statue dragon and painted phoenix. A pair of stone-lions is squatting on the two sides of the gate. Right after entering the gate, you are standing face to face with a rockery. Then passing through the rockery, you can see pavilions and attics. The most spectacular scenery is no more than the Chinese scholar-tree (Huaishu in Chinese), which is an old green tree with lush crown and big trunk as well as luxuriant branches.

Next to the Chinese scholar-tree is the Filial Ancestral Temple, on the roof of which are green old tiles. The court is of pink walls and colorful ramparts. The hall in the court is north-south oriented. Many carving door screens, together with the surrounding flowers and plants as well as miniature trees and rockery, forms a harmonious and well-balanced picture of great antiquity. A horizontal inscribed board, hanging in the hall of this ancestral temple, records Dongyong’s lifetime activities. On the two sides are the concerned historical and cultural relics, steles, family tree and famous persons’ calligraphy and painting. In the middle of the hall stands the statue made of white jade in Han dynasty which shows the sight of Dongyong and the seventh fairy lady coming back home after finishing their work. The sixteen window flowers around the wall display the stories of sixteen filial persons, by means of relief sculpture, in the light of the folk legend.

The northwest of the park is Yao Pool fairyland, where the seventh fairy lady had a bath and made up before she came down to the world. The statue of the seven fairy ladies in the pool stand in various fairy postures as beautiful as the white jade. Their expressions are different from each other with exuding tenderness and love in their soft eyes. Each is extremely lifelike.

On both sides of the park, there are a group of scenic spots, including “An Ancient Chinese Scholar-tree”, “Silk Bridge” and “Yuanyang Building (yuanyang are images of two deeply loved persons who cannot be separated under any circumstances or any pressure)”. It is said that the scholar-tree is the go-between under which Dongyong and the seventh fairy lady got married; under the Silk Bridge, the fairy lady washed the silk in Gunzi River water and brocaded ten pieces of cotton cloth overnight with the shuttle from heaven, and at last, she turned the freedom back to Dongyong. The Yuanyang Building is a building group by the pool water. In the attic on the water, there is a pair of pavilions next to each other, symbolizing Dongyong  and the fairy lady respectively, leaning close to and love each other. There is another pavilion with along passage extending into the pool, standing for their lovely son playing with water in the pool. On the island over the pool, there is a pair of white mandarin ducks (yuanyang) in contrast with the attic. Looking at the trace of the fish, the image of the attic in the water and thinking about the sweet love of the yuanyang. No one can help feeling cordial in the hometown of Dongyong. More fun thus comes into being in the tourists.

There is an earthen hill in the shape of a grain of rice, surrounded by thirteen earthen hillocks. For on the basis of the legend, Dong Tianbao, Dongyong’s son, was often bullied by thirteen boys---sons of those moneybags. One day, Tianbao was having his meal, a guy self-acclaimed as the thirteenth of the thirteen boys came to insult him again. Irritated by his rude behavior, Tianbao threw the bowl away. Suddenly, sand flew into the sky blown by the wind and wind stopped and sand disappeared in a short while. Then grew a hill shaped as a grain of rice up from the ground, having thirteen hillocks buried under it. Afterwards, this hill was named “the Rice Mountain”.

At the post-gate of the park, there is a hillock in the shape of a saddle. The steps ascending the hill are called “the one-hundred stairs” which lead to the top of the Shengxian Platform through which one can ascend to the heaven. It is said that once the seventh fairy lady was stopped on the way back home from work (by troops from heaven) and forced to climb the one-hundred stairs to the Shengxian Platform and left the folk world reluctantly in the light of the clouds. This place is encircled by water. Hill holes, uneven paths, bridges, pavilions and the sceneries set off each other. Standing on the Shengxian Platform, Tourists can have a panorama of the whole park.

Dongyong’s story, handed down for more than two thousand years, is permeated with the traditional virtue of the Chinese nation. And the park permeate the pavilions and attics, hills and water, bridges and stones with the legendary stories, old traces and sites, which induce fantastic reveries and thus get highly praised.

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