I studied the 'Preface to the Tengwang Pavillion' by Wang Bo when I was a high school student more than 50 years ago. The Pavillion was built in the year 653 by Prince Teng, a son the first emperor of the Tang dynasty. The Pavillion was destroyed and rebuilt 28 times over the years. The present pavillion was completed in 1989. Wang Bo wrote the immortal preface while attending a function at the pavillion in 675. Unfortunately, a year later he was drown when his boat capsized on the way from Guangzhou to the present day Vietnam; he was only 27 years old.
The Pavillion has six storeys. Since most of us in the group are senior citizens, our guide managed to get permission for us to use the lift to go to the top floor. From there, we went down floor by floor. If you have a keen interest in Chinese history and literature, the Pavillion is not to be missed. There are murals, paintings and calligraphy depicting Chinese history and literature. We were at the right time to see a 20-minute performace of ancient songs and dances at the fifth floor. If you are not interested in Chinese literature, this is just another pavillion/pagoda.
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