In northwest Kaifeng, the Dragon Pavilion, formerly
named Longevity Pavilion, was built in 1692, on the site of the
former mansion of a Ming dynasty prince.
The most striking architectural feature of this
pavilion is the stone staircases with blue stone centers, carved
with traditional dragons. The Great Hall is elevated on a 13 meter
(43ft) high brick platform from where visitors can enjoy stunning
views of the nearby Pan and Yang Lakes.
The pavilion also houses a tablet honoring the
emperor and in imperial times, officials, soldiers and civilians
would come to pay their respects. Inside the pavilion, there is
also a wax figure museum bringing to life stories from the Northern