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The Half Wall Of China Stays Standing For 400 Years

The Half Wall Of China Stays Standing For 400 Years

It is a view that has been fooling spectators for more than 400 years in southern China.

Half of this stunning pagoda temple in Dexing, a city in China's Jiangxi province, looks perfect.

But the other half collapsed shortly after it was built during the Ming Dynasty.

Locals took it as a sign of ill fortune and never attempted to rebuild it.

But nearly half a millennium later, the remains of the mountaintop Xiushui Pagoda are standing just as strong as they were when they were first built.

Local tour guide Song Hsu explained: "If you approach it from the right angle, it looks perfect. It's only when you walk round the other side you see what has happened.

"It is very strange that whatever affected half of the tower left the rest of it completely intact," he added.

The first three stories remain almost untouched, but above that, the south face of the tower simply collapsed and fell away.

"Luckily the original staircase remains so people can get to the top," said Song.

The narrow passageway leads to a spectacular viewing platform 27 metres above the peak.

Local museum curator Ye Ganjin said:"The legend is that the tower was built to appease two monsters, a male and a female.

"After the tower was completed, the female monster is said to have left the mountain and taken her half of the tower with her."

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