Shi Baozhai, Shibao Pagoda
Shi Baozhai is located in Zhong County, at the south bank of the Yangtze River, 278 km away from Chongqing. During the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644) an insurgent army settled and used it as their fortress and then the place got its name the Precious Stone Fortress.
Shibaozhai consists of a gate, a pavilion and a temple. The gate is caved with some vivid reliefs. Within the gate is the 184 feet high 12-storey wooden pavilion. It is the tallest specimen of ancient architecture with the most storeys in China and reputed. Originally it was only nine storeys high; in 1956 three more (called Kuixing Pavilion) were added. A spiral staircase in the pavilion can take tourists to the top to reach the temple.
In addition to the murals, sculptures in the wooden architecture, the view of the river and the farms and village below is terrific. There are some unusual interesting features of like Duck Well and the Rice Flowing Well. It is said that duck drop down Duck well will reappear swimming in the Yangtze far at the bottom of the hill and legend that enough rice would flow out of the Rice Flowing Well hole each day.