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Ancient Xijin Ferry


The Xijin Ferry was built in the Six Dynasties period (222-589) at the foot of Yuntai Hill, west of the city. In the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), the famous Italian traveler, Marco Polo entered Zhenjiang from here after crossing thee Yangtze River from Guazhou.

A street came into being gradually after the water receded. Now the zigzag ancient street stretches hundreds of meters on thee mountain slope. Its five arches divided the street into different scenic sights. Walking along the street, visitors feel as if they were experiencing one dynasty after another. Inscriptions are seen on the arches, such as "Happy Boating" and "Journeying Together", expressing the wishes of the ancient people before boarding the ferry boat. "Hills covered with green wood" and "Flying Pavilion and Sailing Boats" remind the visitors who are walking along the street of thee charming landscapes and the busy ferry in the old days.

At the end of the street stands a stone pagoda built in the Yuan Dynasty. The bottle-shaped pagoda stands on a platform supported by four stone pillars. It is the country's only stone pagoda arching over the street, a lama pagoda, five meters high. Walking under it once is regarded as a prayer.

Walking down the street and passing through the arches, you reach the ancient ferry where stands the Waiting Pavilion with upturned eaves and red- painted beams. Looking around on the stone steps, you still can imagine, though the water has retreated for several hundred meters, how the two great poets Li Bai and Su Shi crossed the Yangtze River to Guazhou on its north bank from here and how the Italian traveler Marco Polo disembarked here.


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