Mug Shot — «Guiyang - Jiaxiu Tower»

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Guìyáng is the capital of Guizhou province of Southwest China. It is located in the centre of the province, situated on the east of the Yunnan–Guizhou Plateau, and on the north bank of the Nanming River, a branch of the Wu River. The city was first constructed as early as 1283 AD during the Yuan dynasty. It was originally called Shunyuan, meaning obeying the Yuan. Guiyang is the economic and commercial hub of Guizhou Province. The city is also a large center for retail and wholesale commercial activities with operations of major domestic and international general retailers as well as consumer electronics and appliance sellers. Wholesale operations include large regional produce, furniture, and industrial and construction machinery depots. Hydro-electric power generators are located along the city's main rivers including the Wu River. Coal is mined in the locality of Guiyang and Anshun, and there are large thermal generating plants at Guiyang and Duyun, supplying electricity for a portion of the city's industry. A large iron and steel plant came into production in Guiyang in 1960, supplying the local machinery-manufacturing industry. Guiyang has a sizable domestic pharmaceuticals industry, producing traditional Chinese as well as western medicines.

Jiaxiu Tower is a landmark of Guiyang. It is also called the First Scholar's Tower. It is situated on Fuyu Bridge over the Nanming River. Originally built in 1598 in the Ming times, the tower is magnificent and unique, and of great culture significance for the city. In ancient times, many intellectuals studied very hard for the scholarly honor or official rank in feudal China. In order to encourage them, the local majesty ordered a tower be built and conferred on it the name of Jiaxiu. The name Jiaxiu literally means getting the very best in imperial examinations. Thereafter, Guizhou was honored successively by three number one scholars as expected. Rumors say that two of the three lived nearby the Nanming River. Jiaxiu Tower is a three-storey tower rising 20 meters high. Green tiles, red pillars, engraved windows and white stone parapets make the tower superb and striking. Ascending the tower you can get a good view of the surrounding city scenery. Most impressive is the night scene of the tower. Colorfully decorated with lanterns, the tower is beautifully reflected in water, and strolling on the bridge a visitor may feel as if they have entered a fairyland.

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