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Located in the south of Hubei, known as "the South Gate of Hubei", Xianning has great renown for “Chibi old haunt of the Three Kingdoms, inland nuclear power city”, which has great advantages of its "mountain", "water" "geography","location","culture","scenery","energy"and the trend of development. Xianning is a suitable place to do ...[more]
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 Despite the late administrative construction of Xianning (prefecture-level city), the counties and urban districts under its administration all have a long history. The territory of today’s Xianning belonged to Jing Chu in the Xia and Shang Dynasties ( about 2200-1100 BC), Nan County in the Qin Dynasty(221-206 BC ), [more]
Liu Bang Lending the Gold Basin
http://English.xianning.gov.cn 10-12-22
 

  It is said that Liu Bang came from a line of wealthy people. The fortune was handed down to Liu Bang’s father, a keen philanthropist with no gift of managing the family budget. Before long, the wealth was reduced to only a few items. 

  Once there was an old man coming for help. Father Liu remarked, “There is nothing left here except a gold basin. Take it.” With the basin, the recipient said, “Should any difficulty come to you later in life, come to the west to find me. Here is my address. But don’t look at the note until you are at the end of your rope.” Then, by leaving a piece of scrip, he departed.

  Seven or eight months rolled by, Father Liu fell into grave illness but had no money for treatment. The grandfather said, “The borrower of the gold basin left us his address. So let’s have it back.” Thereby, he carried a bundle and an umbrella with Liu Bang and headed for the southwest.

  Their walk led them to a mountain when a shower descended, driving them to a rocky cliff for shelter. Still washed by the rain, the old was sighing, “my dear boy, check the address and see how far we are from his residence.”

  Liu Bang opened the scrip piece, on which there were six sentences. He read them to his grandfather, “It is raining. The door of the ground is to open by the earth god…” Upon uttering the first three sentences, he heard a loud rumble behind him. There a door opened on the cliff. And inside stood the old man they were looking for.

  He smiled, “the gold basin lies at the bottom of the cave, you can have it,” and disappeared. Reaching the end of the cave, the couple found a long roll of chairs, 24 copper ones and one gold where the gold basin and a gold sword were placed. Being young and naughty, Liu Bang climbed the 24 copper chairs one by one and had a seat. Then he was about to do the same with the golden one when he saw a huge white snake who, towards the boy, shook its tail three times and knocked its head nine times before crawling over to fight for the gold chair. Aware that the creature might bite him, the boy pull out the sword, cut it 18 times and flew out of the cave, even leaving the gold basin behind.

  Having putting himself together, Liu Bang produced the note for the last three sentences. There he read, “The door to the sky is closed. And so is the one to the earth by the earth god.” In an instant, the door behind him was shut when the young boy realized his grandfather was still in there. Gravely anxious, he rushed to repeat the first three sentences, only to find them useless. He stayed where he was and cried for three days. With no choice left, he carried the sword home. Years later, it was with this sword that he led the people who had been obliged by his family to conquer the land in ancient China and built West Han Dynasty (202 B.C. to 9 A.D.). 

  According to the tale, Han Dynasty only lasted 24 emperors because, back in the cave, Liu Bang sat on merely the 24 copper chairs. But for his cutting the white snake, let alone grant its wish of being an equal king as he, the country would belong to the Liu family for ever. As decades passed, during Liu people’s reign, a man called Wang Mang (in Chinese, “Mang” bears the same pronunciation as the word for a huge snake) seized the throne for 18 years, just to avenge the 18 cuts.


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