The site of this temple was established during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) to memorialize the memory of Yu the Great, who dredged the area to prevent flooding. It is on the opposite side of the Yangtze River from the Yellow Crane Tower. The Cabinet is named after a sentence in a poem written by Cui Hao, a poet in the Tang Dynasty (618-907). The Cabinet was ruined multiple times by fire, a fate also of the Yellow Crane Tower, and the present buildings were rebuilt in 1983. They have undergone recent select renovations--painting, updating, etc. On view are beautiful wood carved scenes from the life of Yu the Great, a larger-than-life gilded statue of his subsequent reign as Emporer Yu of the Xia dynasty, a bronze statue when he yielded implements for dredging, and a large urn for burning incense. Vividly painted ceilings, gilded doors, gates, and fences and decorative doors give any visitor a feeling of what it would have been like to stand on the terrace of this temple and reflect on the extensive flooding, arduous life of a Chinese peasant farmer, and the fury of the river. At the site, raised terraces, graceful gazebos, ornately carved windows, fences, and traditional landscaping add to the historical appeal.
There is also a smaller palace dedicated to the sacrifice of Dayu by people of the Wuhan region. The Pass leads from the Cabinet, over Lanjiang Road, to an entrance to the Hill Gui, but the gates to the walkway up the hill are not open.
After exiting the Cabinet, turn left, and go a short distance to gain entrance to the eco-park dedicated to Yu's efforts to prevent Yellow River flooding. It is worth your time to view this park.
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