Pavilion of Prince Teng

Pavilion of Prince Teng

Architecture | Culture | History

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For all the Chinese students, perhaps they haven’t to to the Pavilion of Prince Teng but every one is familiar with this place as there is a classic poem named after this place. It is one of the “Three Famous Buildings in Southern Yangtze River” and a landmark of Nanchang. Climbing up the pavilion to the 5th floor, you will have the best panoramic view.
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Basic Information

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  • Opening Hours: April 1 – December 31, 8:00 – 18:30
    Opening Hours: January 1 – March 31, 8:00 – 18:00
  • Visiting Time: 2-3 hours
  • Chinese Name: 滕王阁
  • Address: No. 58, Fanggu Street, Donghu District, Nanchang, Jiangxi Province

Overview – Pavilion of Prince Teng

The Pavilion of Prince Teng is a building in the north west of the city of Nanchang, in Jiangxi province, China, on the east bank of the Gan River and is one of the Three Great Towers of southern China. The other two are the Yueyang Tower and the Yellow Crane Pavilion.

The Pavilion of Prince Teng was first built in 653 AD, by Li Yuanying, the younger brother of Emperor Taizong of Tang and uncle of Emperor Gaozong of Tang. Li Yuanying was enfeoffed as Prince Teng in 639 and spent his early years in Suzhou. In 652 he was assigned the governorship of Nanchang where the pavilion served as his townhouse.

The Pavilion of Prince Teng is the only existing royal architecture in southern China. Twenty years later, the building was rebuilt by the new governor. Upon its completion, a group of local intelligentsia gathered to compose prose and poetry about the building. The most famous of these is the Preface to the Pavilion of Prince Teng by Wang Bo. This piece made the Pavilion of Prince Teng a household name in China down to the present day.

It has been destroyed and rebuilt many times over its history. The present building was rebuilt in 1989 on the original site. The rebuilding plan was devised by the architect Liang Sicheng, and now the Pavilion of Prince Teng is the landmark of Nanchang. There are nine floors in total. The main architectural structure is in Song dynasty wooden style, showing the magnificence of the Pavilion.

Source: Wikipedia


The building sits atop a 12-metre tall concrete platform, which is intended to symbolise the now-destroyed ancient city wall. A stainless steel tablet at the entrance is engraved with a calligraphy work of Mao Zedong: “落霞与孤鹜齐飞,秋水共长天一色。” (“Falling snow and lone goose flying together; a single hue, autumn water and the long stretch of sky.”), a quotation from Preface to the Pavilion of Prince Teng.

The beautiful garden which is built in 1989 is the perfect ornament of the Pavilion. The building mainly serves tourism purposes. Apart from internal decoration, attractions include a theatre staging performances of period music, and displays of reconstructed ancient instruments. There are some restaurants and souvenir shops. The streets around the pavilion have been designed to conform with its style. This area has become the centre of Nanchang’s antiques trade.

Source: Wikipedia

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