Notes

University of Bristol – Historical Photographs of China reference number: JS02-127. Real photograph post card. A utilitarian version of the historic landmark, Yellow Crane Tower (Huanghe Lou Huanghelou, Huang He Lu, 黄鹤楼). Originally built as a watch tower in the Three Kingdoms Period, it has been demolished and rebuilt many times. The 'Yellow Stork Tower' is described on page 217 in A Leaf in the Storm by Lin Yutang (Heinemann, 1942), as 'an ugly brick building of nondescript foreign style ... a place for tourists to go up and look down on the river'. One could take tea at the restaurant there and watch boats navigate the strong cross currents, as the Han and Yangtse rivers converge below. The brick version in JS02-127 has now been replaced by a tower built in a traditional style. See WS01-011.

Caption on mount
The new Huang Hua Lu Tower. Wuchang / Looking across Yangtze to Tortoise Hill Hanyang
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Location
Estimated date
1920s
Material
Paper
Media
Black and white photograph