Suzhou and Hangzhou have been known as heaven on earth since ancient times. Despite the passage of time, the Jiangsu and Zhejiang areas both remain paradise in China. But what exactly are the boundaries of the paradise. It’s hard to define them, but, Shanghai, Nanjing and Hangzhou are generally recognized as the core of the paradise, while the Southern Jiangsu and the Northern Zhejiang are an extension of these places. It seems that the bordering area of Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Anhui may be regarded as the fringe of the paradise. Changzhou in Southern Jiangsu, Jinhua in Central Zhejiang and Maanshan in Eastern Anhui are situated on the borderline of the paradise. The three names are both strange and familiar. Although they are less magnificent than the paradise-like Suzhou and Hangzhou, they are destined to prosper at the acme of this mortal life.
a historical city in the center of the Yangtze River Delta
Changzhou, an important city in the center of the Yangtze River Delta, boasts a long history of 3200 years. It lies south of the Yangtze River, north of Tai Lake, and faces the East China Sea to the east. Being equally far from Shanghai, Nanjing and Hangzhou, Changzhou city is geologically important as it connects with Suzhou and Wuxi in the South of Yangtze River. “Su-Xi-Chang” is a simple name for this fertile land of fish and rice in southern Jiangsu. There is little urban-rural difference in this ring of cities. The gap between the rich and poor can hardly be seen on the way from one city to another. Bristling withtall buildings and equipped with a convenient transport system, the countrysides show no difference with the cities. The rural people even enjoy more comfort and tranquility than those in the cities.
古运河畔的大码头牌坊、皇华亭、亭内的毗陵驿石碑，在夜幕下被灯火点缀得五彩斑斓，飘摇的船影， 倒映的月光，穿行如梭的车，谈笑风生的人， 交汇在这座古老但并不陈旧的城市中，书写着这里刚柔并济新的篇章。
常州是座容易被忽略的城市，并非自身不够璀璨，而是身边有太多夺目的城，常州人似乎也习惯了，安静不争。在这座古老又现代的城市中心隐藏着一座规模恢宏的寺院 —— 天宁寺。
Sceneries with both masculine and feminine charm
Though located in the South of Yangtze River, Changzhou suggests a sense of masculinity. Comparing with the differences, Changzhou is tougher and more vigorous than Suzhou and Hangzhou in both the architectural style and the dialect. Walking in the city street, we see a steady stream of vehicles on the broad road, which would give us the false impression of staying in a northern city but for the ubiquitous sight of rivers and bridges. Had it not for the ubiquitous sight of rivers and bridges, the scene would give us a false impression of staying at a northern city.
Changzhou is a small city, so the residents here are used to riding motorcycles. The racing motorists in the street look as valiant as those in Changsha and Wuhan, while the river network interwoven with the streets and lanes softens the fieriness and adds more tenderness. The bridges in many shapes and sizes stretch across the canal. Although not world-famous architectures, they are colorfully decorated by the local people and do add a beautiful color to the evening scenery.
We can’t tell the prosperity of Changzhou by neglecting the ancient canal. This city is built on water and prospers by virtue of the water. The existing canal retains its old charm although having lost its economic function. The ancient canal of Changzhou stretches from Biji lane in the west to and Dongpo Park in the east. It runs along the most prosperous Yanling Road in Changzhou with ancient lanes full of historic relics, classic allusions & legends on both sides of it. Biji lane is known for Biji, a specialty of Changzhou. It is said that Changzhou Biji used to be a royal tribute, which gave rise to a local industry and a place named after it. Biji Lane may not be so well-known, but Pilingyi hidden in the lane is indeed a famous name. If you have read A Dream in Red Mansions, you will find that it was here that Baoyu met his father for the last time. It can be seen that what an important place Pilingyi was at that time when transportation was underdeveloped. The literary works may not be ively reliable. However, this famous wharf second only to Jinlingyi south of the Yangtze River was exactly where Qianlong Emperor landed during his two southern tours, which testified to the importance of Changzhou in history. These historic sites may evoke our emotional memories of the glorious past of the canal, but its decline does not mean the degradation of Changzhou. Instead, the city is improving its transportation facilities in its own ways and its status as the regional traffic hub remains unshakable.
The huge wharf archway by the ancient canal, Huanghua Pavilion and the Pilingyi stone tablet in it are colorfully illuminated against the night scene. The swaying shadow of the boats, the reflected moonlight, the moving vehicles, the cheerfullytalking passers-by, all mingle in this old but not outdated city to compose a new chapter with both strength and gentleness.
A BuddhistRetreat in the Bustling World
Changzhou is a neglected city not because it is not brilliant enough but because it is surrounded by too many dazzling cities. The people in Changzhou are used to being neglected and remain detached from the rivalries. A magnificent temple hides in the center of this ancient and modern city—Tian Ning Temple.
There are several Tian Ning Temples in China, but the one in Changzhou is the most famous. The Changzhou Tian Ning Temple was built during the Reign ofZhenguan in Tang Dynasty and was recognized as No.1 Buddhist monastery in south of Yangtze River and ranks among the four major Chinese Buddhist monasteries together with Jinshan Temple of Zhenjiang, Gaomin Temple in Yangzhou, Tiantong Temple of Ningbo. Qianlong Emperor made six southern tours and went to Tian Ning Temple to worship the Buddha for three times. He inscribed on the plaque: “龙城象教”（ 龙城is another name of Changzhou and象教 means Buddhism.）and the couplets “合相正三摩，光融西竺；众音超万有，界现南兰” （Buddhist teachings）which are still hung in the temple today manifest its distinguished status in theBuddhist World. Despite the bustling worldly life outside Tian Ning Temple, the pilgrims are overpowered by the Hall of Heavenly King upon entering the temple. This sizable hall is in the front rank among similar temples in China. It attracts a large number of worshippers all year round who seem to send their prayers to the Pure Land from here. The Maitreya Buddha in the Hall of Heavenly King sits on the white marble altar in aniche with upturned eaves and 90 exquisitely carved Buddha images on the top. Fix your attention in the hall, and you cannot hear the bustling noise of the outside world. Only the indistinct melodies of the bell, the repeatedchanting and the ticking of time fall upon your ears. It is amazing that the surrounding yellow walls can mark out a sphere of Buddhist tranquility in this worldly habitation.
Lost in the majesty of the Hall of Heavenly King, and the tranquility of the temple, we see more than 500 stone carvings of arhats on the side walls of the Mahavira Hall, which are in different postures and with vivid s. Watch carefully and you may find an arhat that looks like you.
Although the Tian Ning Temple has hidden in the downtown for over a thousand years, the Tian Ning Tower consecrated in 2008 disturbs the tranquility. The teachings of Mahayana Buddhism are presented in form of traditional handicrafts such as Dongyang wood carving, Yangzhou lacquer ware, Changzhou crewel embroidery, Hui’an stone carving throughout this highest Buddhist tower in China from the ment at the bottom to the bell tower at the top. This embodiment of Buddhist culture comes into your view once you enter the Changzhou city. It gives a true feeling of existence, which Changzhou city has been longing for. Just like Tian Ning Temple, Changzhou city has been overshadowed by the paradise of Suzhou and Hangzhou over the years. It holds itself aloof from the rivalries and grows at apacethat's neither fast nor slow. It has neither been dazzlingly brilliant nor been completely obscure. It shines just right. Maybe it is Tian Ning Temple that grants the peaceful and gentle mood to the city.
A birthplace for No. 1 Scholars
There are many antique place names in Changzhou, of which Shuanggui Arch, Chungui Arch, Zaoke Arch and Shike Arch are known for their implied meanings. The four arches got their names for bringing forth the No. 1 scholars. Although the stone arches no only exist today, the place names are inerasable in the minds of the local people. The old streets and lanes have been replaced by high-rise buildings. Seeing the writings on the road sign, the passers-by seem to witness the legends a thousand years ago. Whether father and son succeeding in the government examination at the same time, or both brothers are coming first in the imperial examination or five sons passing the examination simultaneously or one candidate winning the first place in metropolitan, provincial and the highest imperial exams in the same year, these legendary scenes all took place in Changzhou.
During the 1,000 years from the beginning of imperialist examinations system to abolishing of the system in late Qing Dynasty, there were only 654 Zhuangyuans (No.1 candidates of the national civil examinations) across China, 16 of who came from Changzhou. In addition, 11 candidates and 16 candidates from Changzhou won second and third places respectively in the palace exams. A total of 1,947 candidates from Changzhou succeeded in the highest imperial examinations. Changzhou has brought forth more talents than other provinces and well deserves the of Zhuangyuan Town.
The tradition of respecting teachers and valuing education is handed down from generation to generation in Changzhou. Although the chanting of Four Books and Five Classics has become a dust-laden memory, the love and inheritance of culture has left an inerasable impression on the minds of Changzhou people just like the teahouse in front of the Zhengjue Temple at Shuanggui Arch. The students of Changzhou still pride themselves on their achievements in today’s examination-oriented and quality-oriented education system. Their excellence is enough to carry forward the brilliance of their forefathers at Shuanggui Arch and to create new wonders in Changzhou.
Changzhou derives its intelligence from the river and peace from the temple. The literary spirit is handed down from generation to generation. Changzhou isn’t humbled by the brilliance of Suzhou and Hangzhou; and neither is it arrogant for its glorious past. Changzhou is indeed a peaceful city which is not pleased by external gains, not saddened by personal losses.
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Changzhou, also called Dragon City, has a history of more than 2500 years, dating back to the spring and autumn period. Wanda Realm Changzhou is ready to serve you in every possible way.
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Jinhua: distinguished for its history, known as Wuzhou in the ancient times
This beautiful and productive city in Eastern China is named Jinhua as it is located at the dividing line between Venus and Wu star. For this city in the interior of Jiangsu and Zhejiang Province, reform is not as fast-paced as in the coastal cities. However, Jinhua is always moving along its own course towards a unique promising future. In 2011, Yiwu region of Jinhua has become the fourth economic growth pole of Zhejiang Province. Meanwhile, Jinhua has been recognized as the one of top ten livable cities of China for consecutive years. Jinhua people do not give up life for sake of production. They are reconciling the realistic problems by borrowing wisdom from the mountains and rivers and seeking the hard-won harmony with mild efforts.
俗话说“靠山吃山， 靠水吃水”， 但这种做法在勤劳的金华人看来略显消极，如果什么都不靠，靠聪明的点子是不是也能致富？答案是一定的。金华并不缺乏矿产资源，也并不缺乏林业资源，也不那么缺水，但如果单纯倚靠对自然能源的消耗来拉动经济增长，这显然是得不偿失。金华人把目光投向了无烟工业，那就是旅游和影视产业，而且他们还成功地将这二者结合了起来，打造了一个属于金华人的横店奇迹。虽然横店曾因出品某些剧目而遭口诛笔伐，但这些都无法阻挡横店影视城走向中国式好莱坞的脚步。
从1996年至今将近20年间，横店这片土地上树立起一片片恍如隔世的宫殿，秦王宫雄伟壮观，五步一楼，十步一阁；廊腰缦回，檐牙高啄，各抱地势，钩心斗角。巍巍城墙与王宫大殿交相辉映。主宫“四海归一殿” 威严矗立，高耸挺拔，淋漓尽致地表现出秦始皇并吞六国的恢弘气势，黄尘古道，金戈铁马的千年盛世在秦王宫得以真实再现。唐宋建筑群风光旖旎独特，细细品味，妙趣横生。登上巍峨的景门城楼，近可俯瞰基地全貌，远可眺望整个横店城。汴河蜿蜒，河水清澈，波光粼粼。一处处建筑，四角高挑，飞阁流檐，色彩浓丽，再现了千年前北宋东京汴河漕运的繁华景象及市井生活、民俗风情。她既是《清明上河图》的再现， 也是北宋京都的缩影。明清宫苑荟萃了京城宫殿、皇家园林、王府衙门、胡同民宅，真实地再现了多个历史时期燕京的官府民居、街市店铺和宫殿风貌。 浑然天成的花园湖泊、富丽堂皇的龙阙凤檐、气势恢弘的皇宫广场，成就了无数宫廷大戏的辉煌。
A stream of water wears through the rock; a light raft sails into the world inside the cave
If we say that “别有洞天”(having hidden and beautiful spots inside the cave) is an adjective for other cities, it is a noun for Jinhua. The Shuanglong Cavity outside Jinhua city is a vivid example of this phrase. Shuanglong Cavity had been widely known as early as in Tang Dynasty. The cavity as a masterpiece of nature is a must for tourists who explore the natural beauty . The three characters “双龙洞”(Shuanglong Cavity) to the west of the cave mouth are said to be a relic from Tang Dynasty；the two characters“洞天”on the eastern side were inscribed by Wu Lin, a calligrapher in Song Dynasty; the in ion of “三十六洞天”(thirty-six hidden and beautiful spots inside the cave) was done by Yu Youren, a senior statesman of KMT and an outstanding calligrapher in modern China. Xu Xiake, a famous traveler in Ming Dynasty wrote in Diary of Travel to Zhejiang: “the outer cave is tall and broad. It looks as grand as a building rising high towards the sky. The stretching or bending stone veins, the drooping stalactites form fantastic shapes, from which derives the name Shuanglong Cavity (Shuanglong means double dragon).”
Shuanglong Cavity is endowed with a smart spirit and those who associated their names with it were all great men. How can we refuse the fascinating charm of this perfect combination?
There are winding paths leading to secluded spots in Shuanglong Cavity, which is composed of the inner and outer caves separated by a huge stone screen. The only access to the inner cave is a water channel, which is more than ten meters long and three meters wide. The separation and connection between the inner and outer caves are the distinctive characteristics of the Shuanglong Cavity. As an ancient poem goes: “there are caves and springs inside the cave, the visitors lie on the boat to trace the springhead.” The visitors have to lie flat in the boat and sail against the current to see the rocks gliding by right above their face. “The one-thousand-Chi-long beam presses against the low water; a light boat slides by with sailors lying flat in it”. The people in the boat cannot lift up their heads. It is an interesting, frightening but not dangerous journey, which earns the cavity the fame as a natural wonder of water and stones. The weak water and the firm stone seem to reverse their roles in Shuanglong Cavity. The stones here are gentle and elegant to such an extent as being a bit delicate, while the water here is so persistent as to never turn back. The special world in the cave also makes a vivid footnote to the phrase: constant dripping wears away a stone, which is not only a scenery, but also an attitude of the local people. They hold fast to their own dreams in reform and positions in life in an unhurried way. Maybe this inherent quality is also endowed by nature. The stone is as relentless as changing things; the water is as kind as human hearts. What is the general trend of development and the common aspiration of the people will eventually be realized. That’s also the faith Jinhua people adhere to.
The Miracle of Hengdian
As an old saying goes: “On the mountain one lives by the mountain products; near the river one lives by the products of the river.” However, this reliance on natural products seems a bit passive in the eyes of hard-working Jinhua people. Is it possible that creative ideas also lead to wealth? The answer is yes. Jinhua does not lack mineral or forest resources. Neither is it short of water supply. However, the loss outweighs the gain if they drive the economy by consuming the natural resources. Jinhua people cast their eyes on the smokeless industry, that is, tourism and television industry, and they have successfully combined the two industries by creating a miracle in Hengdian for the local people. Although the anti-Japanese TV dramas and palace fighting dramas produced by Hengdian have been condemned for their cliche or naive plots, or even be labeled as duplications of each other, these criticisms cannot stop the steps of Hengdian World Studios towards the goal of becoming China’s Hollywood.
During nearly two decades from 1996 till now, palaces of feudal dynasties have sprung up on the land of Hangdian. The Emperor Qin Palace is imposing and magnificent, bristling with towers and pavilions. The corridors wind like waving silk, and the projecting eaves turn high up like birds' beaks. Each of the structures is advantageously located; and they are all ingeniously interlocked together, or one set against another. The lofty walls contrast finely with the halls of the royal palace. The main hall “Four Seas Unified” raises high with majesty and power and fully recreates the awesome spirit of Qin Shi Huang to annex six countries. The Emperor Qin Palace vividly represents the heyday days of Qin Dynasty after its triumphant army swept across China two thousand years ago. The Tang and Song architectural complex boasts a picturesque & interesting sight, which leaves a lingering impression on the visitors. Stand on the high tower of the Jing Gate, and the film production is in full view; look further and one can even enjoy a panoramic view of the Hengdian city. The Bian River winds its way across the city with clear water glinting in the sunlight. The architectures with rising towers, streamlined roof and projecting eaves create a brilliantly colorful picture, which reflects the prosperous scene of transportation on Bian River and the urban life as well as folk customs in Dongjing of Northern Song Dynasty one thousand years ago. It is a reproduction of Riverside Scene at Qingming Festival and the capital city of Northern Song Dynasty in miniature. The Royal Homes of Ming and Qing is an extravaganza of palaces , royal gardens, monarch mansions, feudal government offices, lanes and civilian houses, which truly restores the appearance of the government offices, folk houses, streets, stores and palaces in Yanjing over several historical periods. The perfect match of gardens and lakes, the splendid imperial palaces, the imposing royal square give rise to the brilliance of numerous palace dramas.
Jinhua people achieve the smokeless industry which integrates film making, tourism and cultural development with hearty efforts. They succeed in opening a new path towards wealth, which fully reflects the foresight and sagacity of Jinhua people.
A city of literary figures, a hometown of craftsman
Many places in China are propitious for giving birth to great men and Jinhua is the best of such places. From ancients times till today, Jinhua has been known as a Zhoulu in South of China (Zhoulu refers to a culturally prosperous place) and a city rich in cultural relics. Jinhua boasts a galaxy of talents and distinguished artists or scholars have stamped their names on its historical pages. Walk in the urban areas or rural lanes, and you see various former residences and arches of great men besides the stretches of stores. A humble ancestral house may be the former residence of a prestigious man. People often compare the culture to a river and masters to mainstays. If we follow this comparison, there are mainstays all over Jinhua like a myriad of stars twinkling in the sky.
From Luo Binwang back in early period of Tang Dynasty; down to Guanxiu, a monk in the Five Dynasties known for marvelous poems, paintings and calligraphy; to the famous general Zong Ze in Song Dynasty; to Song Lian, a chief civil official & the founding father of Ming dynasty; to Li Yu, a dramatist and drama theoretician in Qing Dynasty; to Huang Binhong, a modern master in traditional Chinese painting; to Shao Piaoping, a famous correspondent in modern China; to the historian Wu Han; to poets Pan Mohua, Ai Qing and literary critic Feng Xuefeng; to distinguished scientists Yan Jici, Cai Xitao and so on, their names are recorded in historical books and their precious spirit is a forever burning beacon for the future generations.
In Jinhua, the custom of advocating literacy and education has been passed down till today. The rumble of machines in the countryside cannot drown out the sound of reading. Although the Four Books and Five Classics are no longer the focus of learning, the faith that knowledge can change one’s fate is deeply rooted in the minds of Jinhua people. Maybe the outsiders believe that Zhejiang people attach importance to profit-seeking and their blood stinks of money. However, they usually neglect the fact that Zhejiang people attach the same importance to reading. There is much more book fragrance than the stink of money in this place. The truth of natural science and the literary spirit run through the blood of Jinhua people.
Yiwu area in Jinhua is a world-known small commodity productions . It is not accidental. Jinhua has been a hometown of craftsman since ancient times. Yongkang, Dongyang areas in Jinhua boast the largest number of craftsmen and are known as the birthplace of many sorts of crafts. The activities of these craftsmen are widespread in China. Most coppersmiths, blacksmiths and tinsmiths come from Yongkang who are mainly engaged in making lever scales, buckets and smelting industry. Most brick s and carpenters come from Dongyang, who are engaged in building industry, carpentry, wood carving and bamboo weaving. In this increasingly industrialized society, the craftsmen are also undergoing transformation. The way of working may be changing, but the principle of elaborate craftsmanship remains unchanged. The Chinese culture has been jointly created by both literary men and craftsmen. Obscure as the craftsmen may be, they leave behind immortal works. The unimportant but artless people work painstakingly to perfect their handicrafts, which are passed down from generations to generations to enable progress. The reason why Jinhua can give birth to great men is that everyone does his best and everything serves its right purpose. The famous scholars and the nameless craftsmen all carry the intelligence of this place and spread the seeds marked with the wisdom of Jinhua.
Jinhua is innovating amid changes. It is not eager for instant success and quick profits. Neither does it go adrift. Instead, it adheres to its own principle and retains its unique mark. It will not forget its past or its root, but it opens a different path to a different future. Such is Jinhua, a city that is perfect down to the smallest detail by virtue of big wisdom.
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A Saddle-turned Treasured Land amid Mountains and Rivers
When it comes to Maanshan, most people will say that it is a steel city, but they have a vague idea about other aspects of the city, not to mention the details except that it belongs to Anhui Province in East China and seems to be situated along the Yangtze River. The history of Maanshan dates back to the War between Chu and Han, the woeful story of Xiang Yu bidding farewell to his concubine and committing suicide at Wu River. It is said that Xiang Yu, the Conqueror was besieged on all sides in Gaixia, and retreated to Wu River of He County. He was too ashamed to go back home to see his countrymen and committed suicide. His loyal steed missed its owner and tumbled to death. The saddle dropped to the ground and turned into a mountain, hence the name Maanshan (Horse Saddle Mountain) came. Emerging industrial city as Maanshan is, it contains a thousand-year-old story.
Caishiji, a centuries-known scenic resort
Situated along the Yangtze River, Maanshan is naturally endowed with picturesque river sceneries, of which Caishiji is the most famous. Caishiji is located in Cuiluo Mountain, Caishi Park 5 kilometers southwest of Maanshan urban area. It is said that strange multicolored stones were found when a well was being dug here in the second year of Chiwu era of Eastern Wu in the Three Kingdoms period, hence the name Caishiji(Cashi means obtained stones; Ji means projecting rocks ). It is named Three Major Rocks Projecting over Yangtze River together with Chenglingji of Yueyang city, Yanziji of Nanjing. Caishiji is recognized as the best of the three rocks for it centuries-known picturesque landscapes such as the precipitous slope and numerous historic spots. Caishiji rises high above the river with a overhanging cliff. It holds the vital point of the Yangtze River with rushing water and precipitous topography. Therefore it has been a desirable place for both military strategists and literary men since ancient times. As a famous scenic spot in the area south of Yangtze River, Caishiji has attracted numerous literary men and celebrities such as Bai Juyi, Wang Anshi, Su Dongpo, Lu You, Wen Tianxiang etc who had written verses on it. In particular, Li Bai, the great poet of Tang Dynasty had drunk and inscribed a poem here. It is said that Li Bai was drowned here because he got drunk and jumped into the river to catch the moon, which gives a mysterious touch to the beautiful sceneries in this place.
Taibai Pavilion was built in honor of this poetic genius. It faces the Yangtze River against the Cuiluo Mountain. This imposing ancient building is surrounded by thick foliage. It is named as three pavilions and one tower in the area south of Yangtze River together with Yueyang Pavilion in Yueyang, Hunan; Huanghe Pavilion in Wuchang, Hubei and Tengwang Tower in Nanchang, Jiangxi. Built in Yuanhe period of Tang Dynasty, it boasts a long history of more than one thousand years. Although Taibai Pavilion had undergone frequent repairs and redecoration in the following dynasties, it retains the original appearance. The plaque inscribed “太白楼” (Taibai Pavilion) by Guo Moruo and the plaque inscribed “谪仙楼”(Zhexian Pavilion) by Zhang Kaifan catch the attentions of the visitors with different charming spirit.
Caishiji is famous for both natural sceneries and cultural heritage. It is hard to decide whether it is admired by the literary men for being precipitous or it becomes well-known for being a poem subject favored by these literary men. It existence adds a poetic touch to this city of steels.
A secluded Bamboo sea in Putang Mountain
The bamboo plays a special role in Chinese culture. Bamboos fill the mountains and plains in Southern China just like trees. In Maanshan, the bamboo sea concentrates in Putang mountainous area. It is not as pure as the Nanshan Bamboo Sea in Changzhou. The Putang mountainous area is characterized by multiple ranges of hills crisscrossed by gullies with pretty trees and gurgling springs. The bamboo sea, ancient trees, clear water and bells & drums are recognized as four unique sceneries of Putang. The bamboo sea is vast beyond the horizon, and the ancient ginkgo trees which co-exist with the endless bamboo sea have survived the geological changes over the past 1000 years, and remain strong with thick foliage. High trees and low shrubs twined around by wisterias thrive in the forest. There are towering ginkgo trees which have lived for more than 800 years and remain fruitful till today; there are the biggest evergreen hollies which cover an area of 200 square meters with a huge umbrella-like canopy; there are also sweet-scented and colorful ancient osmanthus, camellia & crape myrtle blossoms. Clear water that flows all year round converges into a stream that gurgles slowly down. The melodious sound echoes clearly in the deep and secluded valley. It has been a desirable place to build Buddhist or Taoist temples. Yougu Nunnery, Kaoshan Nunnery, Qingyun Temple had attracted numerous pilgrims in the old days. Today although they are not as prosperous as they used to be, they are nice decorations to the beautiful scenery.
There are no high hills or deep water in this place. Neither is it a holy shrine despite the ancient temples scattering in the forest. The passers-by did no more than making an in ion or composing a poem on it. This place is easily neglected for its tranquility and low profile just like that of Maanshan. However, it is able to retain the original scenery thanks to the lack of disturbance. The unpolished bamboo sea is chanting in the wind not to please the viewers, but to echo the clear & sweet song of birds, and to tell the thousand-year-old tranquility.
A mark of culture and a footnote to history
Among the areas under the jurisdiction of Maanshan city are He County and Dangtu County. However, Maanshan and its surrounding area used to fall under jurisdiction of He County and Dangtu County and the administrative authority is located in Dangtu County. This place neighboring the paradise-like Suzhou and Hangzhou are naturally influenced by the thousand-year-old culture of the fertile land and dotted with historical relics.
“A mountain needn’t be high; it is famous as long as there is a deity on it. A lake needn’t be deep; it has a supernatural power so long as there is a dragon in it. My home is humble, but it enjoys the fame of virtue so long as I am living in it.” These lines from An Epigraph in Praise of My Humble Home by Liu Yuxi have been passed down for a thousand years. We are all familiar with this essay, but may not know where the humble home is. It is quietly located in He County under the jurisdiction of Maanshan. Although the humble cottage of Liu Yuxi had been burned down by the flames of wars long before, the humble house built in Qianlong Reign of Qing Dynasty more or less reproduces the old poetic imagery. The paved courtyard and steps in front of the house are covered with mosses, but how many visitors to the humble house can truly understand the lofty state of mind of Liu Yuxi?
Li Bai and Xiang Yu played the literary and martial roles in two historical tales respectively, but both found the ultimate destination of their lives in Maanshan. Although they finished their lives in frustration, they are forever admired by the common people.
The tomb of Li Bai fully retains the shape and structure of a typical celebrity’s tomb in Tang Dynasty. The Taibai Temple and Xiang Hall represent the architectural style of ancestral temples in Ming and Qing Dynasties. “The Song Tablet” records Li Bai’s life and poetic achievements in details. Enter the graveyard, and the visitors can enjoy the lovely scene of azaleas blossoms in spring, the white lotuses in summer, the sweet olives in autumn and the fragrant plum flowers in winter. The pavilions, terraces & halls, the bamboo grove & flowing water contrast finely with each other and bring out the best scene. The Qinglin Mountain behind the tomb of the great poet boasts picturesque rocks, trees, and winding paths. Look far into the distant south, and you see the mountain like a blooming hibiscus in elegant shapes; gaze away out into the north, you see the mountain like double towers rising sharply into the clouds, which quietly keep watch over the literary genius of all time.
The Temple of Xiang Yu is built in Wujiang Town of He County, where the Conquer was defeated and committed suicide. Today’s Maanshan used to be the hometown of the Conquer Xiangyu to which he was too ashamed to return. This loser in the struggle for power was allowed the widest measure of toleration in the cultural environment where losers are always in the wrong. The historians, literary men and even the common people all show tolerance and respect to this defeated hero, which is really rare in history. The historians treated him as a feudal lord; the literary men imagined that he might get back on his feet; and the common people built temples to worship him as Buddha Xiang. There is a couplet from Qing Dynasty in the hall of the Temple of Xiang Yu, which reads: “Si Maqian, an official of Han Dynasty, may distort the heroic image of Xiang Yu in his biography; Du Shixiong, a real generous man, wailed so sadly in the Temple of Xiang Yu as to touch the grasses and trees till today.” Seeing the couplet, the visitors can feel nothing but profound melancholy.
Maanshan is an emerging industrial city, but it is not a cultural desert or historically isolated island. Many turning points in the long course of Chinese civilization meet here. The sense of pride in one’s own humble house that originated here is deeply impressed in the mind of every Chinese. The simple truth has spurred us to forge ahead over the past thousands of years. The city not only produces the material of steel, but also produces the spirit of steel.
Wanda Realm Maanshan
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