Jin Shrines, Tower of the Beautiful Ying Island  晉祠勝瀛樓



  • Tower of the Beautiful Ying Island (English)
  • 勝瀛樓 (Traditional Chinese)
  • 胜瀛楼 (Simplified Chinese)
  • Shèngyínglóu (Pinyin)
  • Sheng-ying-lou (Wade-Giles)

Building Information

The name likens Jinci to the famous Isle of Transcendents, Yingzhou 瀛洲. First construction unknown, located between the Jinqingmen and the Eternal Youth Spring. Thought to be built at the beginning of the Qing. Liu Yongde states that the style of the building is consistent with late Ming or early Qing structures, and that it was likely named in response to the poem by Yu Qian which relates that because of Jinci’s beauty, local people say that it is a little Yingzhou. The Qianlong period painting of the site shows this building, but does not appear in Gao Ruxing’s Taiyuan xianzhi.1

Date 1600-1900
Dynasty Ming 1368 - 1644 2

Works Cited

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  • 1 MILLER. 2007. The Divine Nature of Power: Chinese Ritual Architecture at the Sacred Site of Jinci, 192.Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record
  • 2 WILKINSON. 2000. Chinese History: A Manual, 12.Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record

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