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Heptachord Terrace (Guqin Tai)

Heptachord Terrace is located on the south bank of Moon Lake, near the western foot of Tortoise Hill. The terrace is also named Boya Terrace because of the famous story that happened here.

It is said that in the Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 B.C.), a famous musician Yu Boya once was stranded here by a sudden heavy rain. He played a piece of music High Mountains and Flowing Steams on the boat, and a woodcutter, Zhong Ziqi, heard his music. Yu Boya found that Zhong Ziqi could completely understand his music. So he invited Zhong Ziqi to come into the boat, and the two discussed the music for a whole night. The next day, they made an appointment that they would meet here one year later. But unfortunately, Yu Boya only saw the grave of Zhong Ziqi at the appointed date. Zhong Ziqi, the only person who could understand his music passed away. Yu Boya was so depressed and grief-stricken that he played the piece of music in front of the grave and then smashed his heptachord and never played music again.

The famous story about their friendship touched many people. And so Heptachord Terrace was built during the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127) to memorize their friendship. After experiencing several destructions and reconstructions, the terrace existing now is from the constructions of 1957. With great layout and beautiful scenery inside, many people come to visit here each year.

Admission Fee: CNY 8
Bus Route: 5, 6, 13, 42, 524

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