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Datong Nine Dragon Wall

There are 3 most famous Nine Dragon Screen in China, and the most valuable one is Datong Nine Dragon Screen.  Datong Nine Dragon Screen, built over 600 years ago, is presently the oldest and largest glazed screen in China today, three times larger than that in Beihai Park , Beijing City. The screen was built for the thirteenth son of Zhu Yuanzhang, the first Emperor of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), has been well preserved and remains intact to this day. It is made up of 426 specially-fired glazed bricks, with a height of 8 meters (about 26 feet), 2.02 meters (6.6 feet) thick and 45.5 meters (149 feet) long. The Screen can be divided into three parts, the rectangular shaped with a height of 2.09 meters (6.9 feet).
Its narrow middle section is composed of 75 glazed tiles with images of oxen, dogs, deer rabbits and other animals. The design of the body is that of a green wave on the lower part and a blue and yellow cloud on the upper part. It consists of nine flying dragons, with a golden-scaled, shiny-eyed dragon located in the center. The nine dragons are life-like and illustrating their ability of calling the wind and controlling the rainfall. The areas around the dragons are supplemented with images of plants, mountains, stones, pedestal, body and roof. The pedestal is water and grass. The roof is covered with glazed tiles. There is a pond with a stone bridge located in front of the screen. Here’s some guide information in your travel of Datong Nine Dragon Screen: Address: Palace of prince Dai, Heyang Road, Datong County, Shanxi Province. Contact number: 0086-10-85968802 Admission Fee: CNY10 Opening Hours: 08:00 to 16:50

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