Shibaozhai (China, Yangtze River)
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Shibaozhai is a hill on Yangtze River, located in Zhong County (Chongqing, China). The rocky hill features extremely steep sides and heigth around 200 m (660 ft). On the river side there is a red pavilion leaning against the hill, which provides walkway to the temple at top, with entrance at its base.
At top of Shibaozhai is a 3-storied hall dedicated to Manjusri created during the reign of Xianfeng Emperor (1850–1861), named the Purple Rain Pavilion. In 1819, the 9-story pavilion was built adjacent to the cliff in order to aid people in getting to top of the hill. Prior to its construction, visitors to the temple were lifted to the top using chains. In 1956, another three stories were added at top of the structure. On pagoda's top is a Buddhist temple.
At the hill's base alongside the bank of the river is a row of merchant stalls that follows the path from the dock to pavilion's entrance. Many river cruise ships dock at Shibaozhai for a couple of hours to allow their passengers to tour the famous pavilion and temple.