"The Nine-Eye Spring" Jiayuguan Favorite Tip by mke1963

Jiayuguan General: 12 reviews and 14 photos


Favorite thing: Just below the fortress, inside the wall is a lake, now ornamental, but this lake is also home to a legend. During the fort's construction, water was an eternal problem and many men were tasked with bringing water from springs and streams some distance away: the small spring and stream at the foot of the ridge was just insufficient for the huge army of builders. An old man - they always seem to be old men - appeared and said that if granted one wish, he would find sufficient water nearby. When the military building supervisor conented and asked for the one wish, the man said that he wanted half the men working on the construction to be allowed home to help with the harvest, to which the supervisor agreed. The old man walked slowly down to the beach of the spring, and picked up a handful of dusty gravel. Hethrew the gravel high up in the air, and when it landed with a clatter on the beachside, water started pouring out from nine springs. The water quickly filled the entire stream bed and it became the lake that is seen today. The labourers and officials were impressed and turned to thank the old man - who had disappeared.

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  • Written Feb 19, 2006
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