Guangshui

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Guangshui
广水市
County-level city
Guangshui is located in Hubei
Guangshui
Guangshui
Location in Hubei
Coordinates: 31°37′N 113°50′E / 31.617°N 113.833°E / 31.617; 113.833Coordinates: 31°37′N 113°50′E / 31.617°N 113.833°E / 31.617; 113.833
Country People's Republic of China
Province Hubei
Prefecture-level city Suizhou
Time zone China Standard (UTC+8)

Guangshui (simplified Chinese: 广水; traditional Chinese: 廣水; pinyin: Guǎngshuǐ) is a city of approximately 137,000 inhabitants located in northeastern Hubei province, People's Republic of China, near the border with Henan province. Administratively, it is a county-level city of Suizhou City.

Kuixing Tower[edit]

Kuixing Tower is a historic tower in Guangshui. Built in 1377, the tower stands on a hill overlooking the city. Kuixing is the name of a god who is said to live in the constellation of Ursa Major and who governs literature and writing. As Guangshui is a city known for its calligraphy, the connection to Kuixing is apparent. According to legend, many great poets studied in Guangshui, and Li Bai's famous poem called 'A Tranquil Night' was written there.

A Tranquil Night
A bed, I see a silver light,
I wonder if it's frost aground.
Looking up, I find the moon bright;
Bowing, in homesickness I'm drowned.

Traditionally, parents whose children are attending college entrance examinations come there to pray and burn incense.