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Brief introduction to Xiao Qiao's Grave
Xiao Qiao' Grave is also known as The Two Qiao's Grave. In Zhou Yu's biography in SGZ-Book of Wu, it says, "Sun Ce (Sun Quan's older brother) wished to take over Jing Province. Zhou Yu followed him to conquer Wan, and at that time, they came across the two daughters of Master Qiao, who were among the most beautiful women of the time. Ce took the Elder Qiao for himself, and gave the Younger Qiao to Zhou Yu." Xiao Qiao was with Zhou Yu when he garrisoned at Baqiu (today's Yueyang), and followed the army in the many expeditions. She also participated in the famous Battle of Chibi. Afterwards, she died, and was buried at Baqiu. Xiao Qiao's Grave is northeast of Yueyang Tower. The graveyard was around the military office of Zhou Yu of the Three Kingdoms, and the building at the grave was the garden of the military office. Xiao Qiao's grave has been destroyed several times throughout history, and has been rebuilt many times. According to the "Records of Baling Prefecture", it is said that in the second year of Jiaqing (AD1719), the Prefect, Shen Tingying, renovated Xiao Qiao's Grave; in the 7th year of Guangxu (AD 1881), Lu Baozong, Education Minister of Yue Province, renovated Xiao Qiao's Grave and the memorial hut, as well as planting two Nuzhen trees on the mound. They were all destroyed in Japanese gunfire later.
Today's Xiao Qiao's Grave was renovated in 1993. The round mound is 2.5m tall, 8.5m in diameter. At the entrance, there is a reflection-wall on which it is engraved the calligraphy of Su Dongpo, the great literary character of the Northern Song dynasty:
`My thoughts drift back, to Gongjin of yore,
when he first married Xiao Qiao,
Graceful, able was he...'
Southeast of Xiao Qiao's Grave there have been an addition of the "Pavalion of Memories of Qiao" and a Long Corridor. In the Pavalion there are the statues of Zhou Yu and Xiao Qiao. Around the mound itself there are pathways and stone railings. The architecture of the garden has quite the style of the Southlands, the environment peaceful and the scenary pleasing.
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