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Wuzhuting Platform and ancient metasequoia

Wuzhuting Platform is one of minor platforms on Luota Platform. It is particularly and historically significant because it records the rise and fall of the regime of Wu Zhuchong, the leader of Tujia Aboriginal Tribe.

Wu Zhuchong (or known as Hecuochong in Tujia language) is the first and only Tujia native ancestor who was recorded in the histories of Chieftain Dynasty and feudal government in his Tujia name. He was a famous Tujia tribal leader in Youshui River basin in the late Tang Dynasty and period of Five Dynasties. The messages about him mentioned in the official historical records are limited. Nevertheless, in the Tujia folk sacrifices, Wu Zhuchong is worshipped as an ancestor god and hunting king god.

Wuzhuing Relics is a gourd-shaped limestone honeycomb hilly platform extending from east to west with the altitude of 1040m, surrounded by steep limestone. According to the ancient legend, there were ninety-nine and a hillside forts in Wuzhuting. Today, you will still find the address names called after silo forts, soldier forts, horse forts and teaching yard. On the platform, Wuwangbao Royal Palace Relics is longitudinally distributed in the EW direction. The ascending road was built against the mountain, winding by the side of the cliff, which is as narrow as 20cm. It is a place ideal for defending but hard to be attacked. Beacon towers of the first palace, residual walls of the second and third palace, as well as wall and gate of the first, second and third palaces are still retained nowadays.

Beneath the perilous cliffs of the platform, there are three ancient metasequoias, which are called living fossils as all of them are more than one thousand years old. They are "living fossils" that survived after the Quaternary ice age. They are also witnesses of the great changes of Wuzhuting Platform. 




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