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Clouds-Dragon Stone Carving 云龙石雕 — GE9

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Hidden : 2/14/2018
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粒度: 0.5至2毫米

















Alabaster is a kind of marble.  By Fangshan of Beijing, the Alabaster have so hard white. The main ingredient is calcium carbonate, the chemical formula is CaCO3, the other components are MgCO3 and SiO2, etc.

The fine Alabaster with hard that is an excellent building and engraving material. Basically it does not dissolve in water. It can be found in the following forms: aragonite, calcite, chalk, limestone, etc..

Rock: alabaster

Rock type: marble (metamorphic rock)

Granularity: 0.5 to 2 mm

Texture: solid

Ingredients: calcium carbonate

Color: milk white, light gray, pale yellow

Form: aragonite, calcite

1)pure carbonate marble: mainly calcite and dolomite.

2)siliceous carbonate marble: mainly talcum, quartz, diopside, granular silicalite and etc.

3)argillaceous carbonate marble,: mainly serpentine, chlorite, orthopite and etc.

In the Forbidden City every palace before and after the two sides, there are stone steps, the step is in the middle of a long stone oblique, carved with dragon and Phoenix, sea cliff Jiang and other designs, this thing called “Ling Xi". The spirit of Ling Xi in the Baohe Palace, in the back of the hall of preserving harmony, known as " Clouds-Dragon Stone Carving ".

This is largest alabaster stone in the Forbidden City, 16.57 meters long, 3.07 meters wide, 1.70 meters thick, weighs more than 250 tons. It was first carved in the Ming Dynasty and again in the Qing Dynasty during the Qianlong emperor. Around the stone engraved with lotus pattern, the lower sea river carved teeth, middle clouds against the nine dragons and dragon state, vivid image, fine carving, strict in demands of vitality. It is generally believed that the sculpture on the stone carving of Clouds-Dragon is the symbol of the imperial power, and the right to represent the emperor is supreme and unshaken.

The alabaster stone material is produced from the Big-stone-nest in Fangshan, southwest of Beijing. It is about 60 kilometers from the Forbidden City. When such a heavy haul boulders need to turn more than ten thousand people, take every 0.5 km digging a well, the cold winter, ice on the ground water, use ice to reduce friction, then the rock point to the forbidden city.


In order to log this Earth Cache you must visit The Forbidden City in Beijing China(ticket:40or60RMB)。You can immediately log and then send the answers of the following questions to my email or message to make sure your log is valid. If I did not receive the mail or message within two weeks, I will delete your log。

1) Determine alabaster type of Clouds-Dragon Stone Carving (pure, siliceous and argillaceous marble).

2) For your observation, what meticulous is the alabaster grain (0.5, 1, 2mm)?

3) Make a photo with Clouds-Dragon Stone Carving. (optional).

Please do not write the answers in your log.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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