Yangzi Explorer

Shibao Pagoda

Shibao Pagoda is one of a highlight along the Yangtze River cruise, and literally means Stone Treasure Fortress. It is a hill along the bank of the Yangtze River in Zhongxian County, Chongqing, China.

This rocky and craggy hill has extremely steep sides and is about 200 meters tall. On the river side of the hill is a read 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.

The Shibaozhai Temple is a 12-story, 18th century temple built on the northern bank of the Yangtze River of China. It was erected by Emperor Qianlong on a large rock rising almost 100 feet out of the river, and was an architectural delight, having been built without nails.

River cruise ships sailing the Yangtze River often stopover at Shibaozhai, so that the passengers can climb to the top of the pagoda. The higher one climbs in the temple, the more likely your wish or dreams will come true. This may be easier said than done, since each floor of the Shibaizhai Temple is reached via a creaky, unstable ladder.

With the construction of the Three Gorges Dam the 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.