Leifeng Tower

Leifeng Tower

Leifeng Tower was first built in 997 of Song Dynasty by Ch’ien Chu (Qian Chu), the local Lord of Wuyüeh (Wu Yue), to pray for peace and prosperity. Like all the ancient towers of China, Leifeng Tower was ruined and rebuilt many times.On 25th September 1924, the remnants of Leifeng Tower collapsed for the last time in history.In 1999, the Hangchou Government began the rebuilding process that finally ended in 2002, returning to people a renewed Leifeng Tower.

But for the most ordinary Chinese, the fame of Leifeng Tower has nothing to do with its own historical or cultural significance, but because of a folk story, The Tale of the White Snake. In one version of the story, a snake demon Pai Suchen (Bai Suzhen) meets the scholar and herbalist Hsü Hsien (Xu Xian) by West Lake, beginning a love story that culminated in matrimonial bliss.However,a monk called Fahai found out that Pai was in fact a demon. In order to subdue the demon, Fahai cruelly locked Pai up in Leifeng Tower…

            

 

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