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The entrance plaque at the White Pagoda (Baita 白塔) Park Van Cutsem, Laurent; Luo, Yuqing


Photo 6811 shows the entrance of the White Pagoda Park (Baita gongyuan 白塔公園). Photo 6815 and 6821 shows the site of the White Pagoda. The following is the description on the entrance plaque: "Located on the southern edge of Fenghuangshan Scenic Area of the West Lake Scenic Area and to the north of the Qiantang River, Baita Park is an urban cultural park centering Zhakou White Pagoda, a national key cultural relics protection unit, and focusing on protection and utilization of the historic buildings and the railway industrial remains. White Pagoda was first built during 948 and 978 as a navigation mark on the Qiantang River. The Grand Canal also joined the river here. As early as the 5th century, the place nearby the pagoda had been a busy port for merchants entering Hangzhou via the Qiantang River. In the period of the Republic of China, Zhakou became the starting station of the southern end of Jiangshu Railway. Baita (White Pagoda) Park is a tourist attraction integrating historical sites and vibrant natural landscape. Tourists may take a small train or a rail bike to visit the pagoda. the railway relics, the site of Longshan Locks, Southern Song Dynasty Map Square and other historic attractions, or take a pleasant stroll on the embankment watching the river tides and dancing birds."

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