Thought to be originally built in 223 CE as a watch tower for Sun Quan, the Yellow Crane Tower has been destroyed by fire or warfare 12 times, but was always rebuilt. The most recent iteration was rebuilt in 1981. The current Tower stands 169 feet tall and is situated on Snake Hill, a short distance from the original site on the banks of the Yangtze River in Wuhan. The tower is a sacred site of Taoism. The Tang Dynasty Chenese scholar and poet, LuDongin, is said to have ascended to heaven from here.