Daguan Park is located in the
southwestern section of Kunming City. It is found within
walking distance from the Western Hills and lies on
the shores of Dianchi Lake. The park grounds were established
in 1368 and large-scale construction was carried out
in 1696, complete with flowers, trees, ponds, causeways,
pavilions and halls.
The highlight of the ancient architecture
found in the park is the three-story Daguan Pavilion,
which is decorated with flying eaves and splendid paintings.
With a spectacular view across the sailboats of sparkling
Dianchi Lake to the distant tree-covered Western Hills,
the pavilion lives up to its name Daguan Pavilion, meaning
"grand view pavilion".
While the gardens and pavilions offer
plenty of natural beauty, Daguan Park's pride is the
famous 180-character long couplet written by wandering
poet Sun Ranwang during the Qing Dynasty. A copy of
his couplet can be found on two 5-meter-long tablets,
which have been hung on Daguan Pavilion's lakeside facade.
This couplet is reputed as the longest couplet in China.
The upper scroll depicts the beautiful scenery of Kunming,
while the lower scroll contains the author's comments
on some important historical events in Yunnan.
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