A Love Garden in China
The Huaqing hot springs and gardens have attracted lots of high profile people over the centuries. From around 221 B.C. until 907 A.D the baths were used by the Emperors and their concubines who they bathed in the Nine Dragon and Guifei hot springs that are located here. The ruins of the baths are still there and gives you a good idea of what they would've looked like. This also the place where Empress Dowager CiXi and Chang-Kai-Chek hid out. But what it's best known for is the tragic love story of Tang Emperor Xuanzong and his concubine Yang Guifei.
Yang Guifei was a very beautiful woman who was the emperor's favourite concubine. He loved her so much that he neglected his duties and political affairs. After an coup that ended in an eight year civil war, which Yang Guifei was to blame for, the emperor was forced to have her executed. He did so reluctantly and had her killed by a eunuch. He never was able to forget her and was often seen weeping at one of her portraits.
The pavilion is now a very popular photo spot for modern day loved up couples. Like the imperial couple, they also promise to love each other for ever and hang their written love promises written out on red labels in the lover's tree. Let's hope their love stories will have a happier ending than the one of Yang Guifei and her Emperor.