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 Tomb of Libai

Lying at the foot of Mt. Qingshan southeast of Dangtu County, Ma'anshan, the Tomb of Li Bai (701-762), a great poet of the Tang Dynasty, covers an area of three hectares, in the shade of ancient pines and willow trees. Near the tomb there is a memorial hall named Taibai, which houses stone inscriptions of past dynasties and paintings and calligraphy by distinguished artists. Through the ages, numerous men of letters came to show their respect to Li Bai.

Li Bai was fond of lingering among scenic spots with mountains and waters to get inspirations of composing poems. Such poems includeRecalling Antiquity when Anchoring at Niuzhu at Night,Viewing Tianmen Mountain from a Great Distance,Niuzhuji(a rock projecting over the water at Niuzhu) andSix Poems Composed on River. The legend goes that Li Bai fell into the water and got drowned when rowing on the Caishi River to enjoy a beautiful full moon. After his death a tomb containing his personal effects was made in Ma'anshan. In the Northern Song Dynasty a memorial temple of Li Bai was built. In the year of 1440 in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), Taibai Tower and Qingfeng Pavilion were erected. The existing Taibai Tower reconstructed in 1876 is one of the major historical sites under the protection of Anhui Province. In 1986, the People's Government of Ma'anshan City reconstructed a compound of buildings left from the Qing Dynasty nearby the Taibai Tower into the Li Bai Memorial. The memorial, covering an area of over 10,000 square meters, includes the Taibai Tower, the Memorial Temple of Li Bai, Qingfeng Pavilion, Taibai Hall, Tongfeng Tower, Stele Corridor, etc.

The memorial has collected over 40 sets ofCollected Works of Li Baipublished at home and abroad since the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), seven of which are rare editions. It has also collected more than 700 items of paintings and calligraphies and hundreds of historical relics through the ages. A research office of Li Bai's life and works is attached to the memorial. Inside the Memorial Temple of Li Bai there is a 2.2-meter tallsculpture of Li Bai.

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