Shibaozhai (zh-tspl|t=石寶寨|s=石宝寨|p=shí bǎo zhài|l=Precious Stone Fortress) is a
hillalong the bank of the Yangtze River(Chang Jiang) in Zhong County, Chongqing, China. This rocky and craggy hill has extremely steep sides and is about 200 meters (700 feet) tall.
On the river side of the hill is a red pavilion of nine floors which leans against the side of the hill providing a walkway to the temple at the top of the hill. A yellow entrance at the base of the pavilion provides an entrance.
At the base of the hill alongside the river bank is a row of merchant stalls which follows the path from the dock to the entrance of the pavilion.
At the top of Shibaozhai is a
templebuilt during the reign of the Qianlong Emperor(1736-1796) during the Qing Dynasty. The wooden red pavilion was built in 1819. Previously to the construction of the pavilion, visitors to the temple were hoisted to the top.
Many river cruise boats dock at Shibaozhai for a few hours to allow passengers to tour the pavilion and temple.
With the construction of the
Three Gorges Damthe base of the red pavilion will be beneath the water level. There are plans to build a coffer dam around the base to protect it from the rising water level.
*Bonavia, Judy. (1997). " The Yangzi River." Hong Kong: The Guidebook Company.
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