The Flower (or Flowery) Pagoda (花塔), Guangzhou
University of Bristol - Historical Photographs of China reference number: VH03-70. Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution reference: L00381-042. Liu RongTa (Six Banyan Trees Pagoda), also known as Hua Ta (花塔 Flower, or Flowery, Pagoda) was first constructed in 1047. It is often simply referred to by the name of the temple it is a part of, i.e. 六榕寺 Liurong si = Temple of the Six Banyan Trees. Su Dongpo wrote a poem about the six luxuriant banyan trees, after a visit in 1100. The pagoda is nine stories on the outside, but seventeen stories inside. Photograph by Sylvester Dutton and Michaels, Canton (Michaels' first name may have been Vince). This print is of only part of Dutton and Michaels’ photograph, cropped to a portrait format. More complete prints include the following words, scratched into the negative, in the foreground area: ‘Pagoda at Canton – 2300 Years Old / Dutton & Michaels Artists’. See Hu-s06 (another print). See also AB-s03 and UB01-19.