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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]
The legend of Guan Yu
http://English.xianning.gov.cn 11-05-03
 

  Whoever came to Tongcheng County would not be unfamiliar with such sites as Guandao Bridge and Guanyu Temple. The central province of Hubei has witnessed a sea of historic events during the Three Kingdoms period. Tongcheng County, which lies in the southernmost Hubei, connects three provinces, undoubtably boasts many legends.

  Guandao Bridge

  One finds Guandao Bridge in Shuixing, Tongcheng County.

  Legend has it that during the Three Kingdoms period, Guan Yu, an important general of the kingdom of Shu, was defeated by Tsao Tsao, the king of Wei, and was under the siege of Tsao’s forces. The war did not end until several days’ arduous struggles and Guan Yu finally broke out of the encirclement. On returning home, Guan scrutinized the map and found that the precipitous Huanglong Mountain of Tongcheng, which is easy to hold but hard to attack, was of vital military importance. So he slipped off in the direction of the mountain, speedily but soberly. When the remaining troop reached Shuixing, it was late at night and they were really worn out. Zhou Cang, Guan’s personal bodyguard with a Green Dragon Crescent Blade on his shoulder, had been running after Guan, who was on the horseback, for a whole day and a night. In low spirits, he was too exhausted to continue, just as other soldiers. To restore their morale, Guan bellowed like a thunder and roused everyone. At that very moment, soldiers were crossing the Shuixing Bridge, and Zhou was startled and unclenched his hands unconsciously. His heavy blade dropped on the blue flagstone and made a big noise. Spirit restored, soldiers quickened their steps and eventually got rid of their enemies.

  The following day, some local people found out that on that blue flagstone, where Zhou had dropped his blade, a deep groove had formed. People marveled at Zhou’s super strength and decided to change the name of the bridge into Guandao Bridge in honor of this historical event. Also, the town, to which the bridge belongs, was renamed Guandao Town.

  The Guanyu Temple

  Long before, a Guanyu Temple was built in Tianyue Pass, a pass of Huanglong Mountain of Tongcheng. The temple was magnificent, but the antithetical couplet hanging on each side of the hall remained blank. Why?

  It was told, monks of the temple had been asking a couplet to summarize Guan Yu’s whole life. Their wish, however, had never been met.

  One day, an intellectual on study tours came. He looked around the temple and signed:”As a temple built to honor the hero Guan, people feel more regretful for his returning to dust.” A monk happened to hear his words, guessing that he meant more than what he said. So he went over and asked: “Please, Sir, leave us some words.” In no time, the monk fetched the Chinese four treasures of the study and served to this intellectual. He rolled up his sleeves and wrote:”creating major achievements in three places with bare hands, and showing loyal heart of three brothers for their nation.” The monk was overjoyed: this was exactly what he wanted. (By Yan Chengbei)


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