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Seven Star Crags Zhaoqing China July 2013

Seven Star Crags Zhaoqing China July 2013

The Seven Star Crags (七星岩) are located across from the center of Zhaoqing City (肇庆市) in Guangdong China. The Star Lake is partitioned into five separate sections divided with small strips of land and walkways and it is one of the most scenic locations in the province. The crags are many times referred to as the little Guilin due to their striking visual similarity to Guilin's mountains. The limestone crags are naturally arranged in the same formation as the seven stars of the Big Dipper constellation. Legend has it that the pillars of limestone grew from stars that fell from the skies. We walked up one of the crags through the steep stairs up the side; at the top is a small pavilion for viewing the lake and neighboring crags. Numerous sculptures of Buddhist and Taoist idols are located around Star Lake. There is also a reserve for migratory birds within reach by boat ride.  
 
The Ancient City Wall (古城墙), first built in the Song Dynasty, is the only extant ancient city wall in Guangdong Province. It is of the shape of rectangle with the perimeter 2,800 meters. According to historical records, it was biult with bricks and was expanded in the year 1113 of the Song Dynasty. It has a tower on each city gate, a turret on each angle and a moat out of it.



Seven Star Crags Zhaoqing China July 2013

The Seven Star Crags (七星岩) are located across from the center of Zhaoqing City (肇庆市) in Guangdong China. The Star Lake is partitioned into five separate sections divided with small strips of land and walkways and it is one of the most scenic locations in the province. The crags are many times referred to as the little Guilin due to their striking visual similarity to Guilin's mountains. The limestone crags are naturally arranged in the same formation as the seven stars of the Big Dipper constellation. Legend has it that the pillars of limestone grew from stars that fell from the skies. We walked up one of the crags through the steep stairs up the side; at the top is a small pavilion for viewing the lake and neighboring crags. Numerous sculptures of Buddhist and Taoist idols are located around Star Lake. There is also a reserve for migratory birds within reach by boat ride.  
 
The Ancient City Wall (古城墙), first built in the Song Dynasty, is the only extant ancient city wall in Guangdong Province. It is of the shape of rectangle with the perimeter 2,800 meters. According to historical records, it was biult with bricks and was expanded in the year 1113 of the Song Dynasty. It has a tower on each city gate, a turret on each angle and a moat out of it.