As the water level continues to drop during the dry season, nearly the whole Longmen Haoyue, a stone girder group located under the Dongshuimen Bridge on Nanbin Road, Nan’an District, Chongqing, is above the water surface. But it is underwater for most time of a year. Now, the four characters of “Long Men Hao Yue” are clearly visible. This unique reef scenery along the river bank has attracted many visitors.
Along the Yangtze River wind two over-100-meter-long stone girders like two crouching dragons, cutting the passing water into two currents. This is Longmenhao, a spot well known among Chongqing locals. Taking pride of place is a turtle-shaped giant stone on which four big, red characters of “Long Men Hao Yue” are inscribed. Our reporter visited it personally and saw nearly the whole “turtle” whose main body has hidden beneath the water for years came above the surface. This rarely seen sight has drawn many citizens and shutterbugs.
As early as the Ming and Qing Dynasties, Longmen Haoyue has been very famous as one of “Eight Scenes of Yucheng” and “Twelve Scenes of Bayu.” To quote a record of “Twelve Scenes of Bayu” in the Annals of Baxian County by Wang Erjian, there was a sandstone in the inside of Longmenhao, and this stone girder was right located in the way of eastward river water. Gotten intercepted here, passing water was forced to flow to the river center, forming a vortex-like a full moon.
Many people went to the mouth of Longmenhao by boat and climbed up to the stone girders on both sides to get an eyeful of the natural beauty.
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