Hubei East Lake Park, China
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East Lake Park
The East Lake Park lies on the foothill of Mount Lujia in Hubei Province. The lake covers 87 square kilometers, and is five times larger than the Xihu Lake ("West Lake"). Large and small lakes are intertwining together, "99 twists" people call it.
Take the advantage of the park's natural surrounding is the strategy of developer. The lake has six major tourist areas, south hills, reeds field on the northern bank, greenish jungle to the east and many other tourist attractions on the western shore.
Each tourist area has its own character and beauty. You probably need more than two days to visit all the interesting spots in the park.
There is a big monument on the western bank of the East Lake Park. The soil slope behind the monument is called "Chiu Nu Tun" it means "Tomb of Nine Brave Women" in whom nine brave soldiers from Taiping period (1850 ~ 1864) were buried there.
At that time an opposition group called "Taipingtianguo" ("Heavenly Kingdom of Peace"), once their major troops were hit hard by the royal army of Ch'ing. Royal army breaks the Taiping soldier's main force, thousands of Ch'ing soldiers flooded the Wuchang City.
Inside the city the remnant defeated Taiping troops among them, there were a group of courageous women soldiers, are hopelessly fighting with last ounce of their energy.
At the end, there are only nine left all women. Although their all covered with the blood and exhausted, they are determined to fight to the end. When the Ch'ing soldiers saw those nine young and pretty women, they shouted loudly: "alive, we want them alive, get them alive!"
It was not possible for those women soldiers to fight their way out of royal army. They then confront each other, "rather than being caught by the Ch'ing soldiers, we sisters should die together."
Towards the direction of Nanjing, ("Capital of the Taipingtianguo") they kneel, they kowtowed respectfully to show their loyalty, soon after in front of the Ch'ing soldiers all nine of them slash the sword through their throat and die. Next day people of Wuchang buried those nine brave women with tears in their eyes. Today many visitors come to "Chiu Nu Tun" to commemorate their courage.
Wuhan is an ancient city, it located near the junction of Yangtze River and the Hanshui River, and the river divided the region in to three cities Wuchang, Hankou and Hanyang. In ancient time, people called it "Three Cities of Wuhan".