Longevity Hill Spots
Purple Cloud Tower (Ziqi Donglai Chengguan)


This tower was built during Emperor Qianlong's reign (1736-1795). The inscriptions inscription on the stele to the south mean means “Purple Cloud from the East”, a phrase from a story about ancient Chinese philosopher Laozi trying to get through a major military pass. The inscription on the stele to the north means “ Rise of Rosy Clouds in Chicheng Mountain”, a famous line written by Sun Chuo (314-371), a writer of the Jin Dynasty, in his verse “An Ode to Tiantai Mountain”. The gate tower was a scenic spot as well as a pass for sectioned defense within the garden.