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The Longest Couplets in the World – Daguan Park, Kunming, My Yunnan Trip #15

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daguan Park

“Daguan Park, located in the southwestern suburb of Kunming City, is a lakeside park. Today many locals come to sit, drink tea, fly kites, and go boating. Among shady walks and pools, Daguan’s focal point is Daguan Ge, a square, three-storeyed pavilion built to better Kangxi‘s enjoyment of the distant Western Hills and now a storehouse of calligraphy extolling the area’s charms. The most famous poem here is a 118-character verse, carved into the gateposts by the Qing scholar Sun Ran, reputed to be the longest set of rhyming couplets in China. The park is set on Daguan Stream, which flows south into Lake Dian, and there are frequent hour-long cruises down the waterway, lined with willows, to points along Lake Dian’s northern shore. Lake Dian, also known as the Kunming Lake, is the largest lake on the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau.  At Longmen of the Western Hills, there is a panoramic view of the lake.”

As it is hard to take a picture of the long couplets, I bought a souvenir fan instead which is nicely designed with the couplets on both side and the drawing of the Daguan Ge in the middle. You can see the souvenir fan from the slide show and gallery below.  Please click any picture to open up the gallery and see the pictures in large size.

As it is hard to take a picture of the long couplets, I bought a souvenir fan instead which is nicely designed with the couplets on both side and the drawing of the Daguan Ge in the middle. You can see the souvenir fan from the slide show and gallery below.  Please click any picture to open up the gallery and see the pictures in large size.

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