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Shi Bao Zhai
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Reviewed 28 June 2018

This temple, accessible by walking over the "drunk bridge" was very impressive. The nine floor pagoda leads up to a spectacular view over the Yangtse.

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Reviewed 21 June 2018

This excursion was part of my cruise package. It's roughly a 220 RMB or $34 USD option on the cruise, which is a bargain if you think about it.
Our cruise ship pulled into the port in the late afternoon. We were met by an English speaking guide, her English was very good, but kind of task master (no nonsense, no sense of humor, stereotype Chinese person). After hiking up from the cruise ship (mild hills) through the town we went through the entrance (if you pay for the entrance to the pagoda on your own it's roughly 3 USD, but no tour guide to help). Passing through the entrance you have to cross a swaying bridge (watch out you can get motion sick on this thing so look at the horizon while crossing).
Reaching the other side you get your first glimpse of a wonderful ancient pagoda. You will most likely have to wait a bit depending on the queue. You enter at the bottom and have to climb several stories on narrow steep stairs to get to the top (no elevator). The
on each floor as you climb there are old statues and some signage to tell you the significant history of the pagoda. The the treat is the view at the top and the rooms which are filled with beautiful statues of people painted period dress.
There are rest rooms at the top, getting down is much easier than going up, there is another set of stairs at the rear of the pagoda.
Wear good walking shoes, don't buy things on the way to the pagoda get them after you finish because you will need a free hand or two to help you climb the stairs.
If you are on a cruise stopping here I would go on the excursion. However I would not take a trip just to go see this one place. I also would think hard about going here if your not in decent physical shape.

Thank vir94545
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Reviewed 9 June 2018

We arrived here from our cruise ship and the local guide took us past various street vendors and shops, across a wiggly rope bridge to this massive temple. The outside is very impressive, but inside was really climbing some steep steps up to the top. There were a few things inside, but it was the view outside that was worth the climb. Once through, we did not have to climb back down. We wandered through other temples which explained the various gods. It was very crowded and we had to wait in the rain before we could cross the bridge again due to the busyness. Then there was a traffic jam waiting for our ship to dock (there were 3 ahead of it), so by that time we were very cold and wet and not very interested in the street vendors, which was unfortunate for all.

Thank StanleyandMarie
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Reviewed 5 June 2018

We’re pretty fit! So it was good to expend energy on this shore excursion from our Yangtze River cruise. The 99 step spiral staircase rises through floors on which are various exhibits and inscriptions, A’s well as offering stupendous views of the Yangtze River itself.

It’s a steep walk to the Temple, and the market traders are persistent in pushing their wares.

Thank borrum
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Reviewed 4 June 2018

Shibaozhai represents one of the gems of Chinese Architecture. From a distance it resemble a jade seal. In order to reach the temple you must go down a street filled with vendors, which can be annoying. There is a small bridge to get to the pagoda, which may be difficult for some with mobility issues. A red pavillion hugs one side of the rock. The entrance gate is yellow and decorated with lions and tigers. Every floor is dedicated to a famous general of the Three Kingdoms period. The history and myths of this pavilion are really fun. For example, the Duck Hole is said to turn into summer, if you take a live duck and drop it through the holt. It will reappears swimming in the Yangtze. Monks of the past drank water from this hole. Legend has it that from The Rice Flowing Hole just enough husked rice would blowup to feed the needed of the monks and their guests. Be prepared for crowds. Well worth the trip.

Thank Judi L
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