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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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Lying in the southeast of Hubei Province, along the south bank of the Yangtze River, and at the junction of Hunan, Hu... [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]
Legend of White Horse Hill
http://English.xianning.gov.cn 11-09-21
 

  Starting from the shipping dock of Cikou Town, Tongshan County, one ferries north to Shankou Dock across Fushui River, then walks along a gorge westerly for about 1500 kilometers, a small hill which bulges from the foot of Nanshan Mountain presents before eyes. This is the White Horse Hill. On the cliff of the hill, there exists a magnificent picture of white horse: with two forelegs rising to the sky and two rear legs standing upright, the horse wags its tail up and down and neighs loudly, its horsehair fluttered as if it’s going to ascent into the sky. What a spectacular picture! What a bold and talented painter!

  About this picture, there is a sad but stirring story passed down.

  Legend flew that at a midnight during Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), in a village under the name of Zhu, which lies in a peak of a hill of Panxi Village, Cikou Town, the villagers heard a succession of clip-clops by far and near and then tailed away. After the daybreak, they discovered a string of deep, cattle-like hoof prints, extending from west to east. For this reason, people have called this village the “cattle-hoof pit” till now. The hoof prints spread all over the ridge, Guomu Mountain, Dajingwan, Dajin and Xiaquan. In Xiaquan, an elderly farmer Kong who got up early happened to see a big horse running across farmland towards east. Curiously enough, the farmer ran after it to figure things out. The horse, after a long journey, became thirsty and hungry already and stopped by Louxiadong Stream, imbibing plenty of water at a stroke. Having finished drinking, head raised, tail wagged, it walked slowly towards a hill. This is exactly the hill mentioned above. Surrounded by Nanshan Moutain, the luxuriantly green hill attracted the attention of the white horse which lingered and looked up. Suddenly, it gave a long-drawn plaintive call, its tail and horsehair standing, two rear legs upright, two forelegs rising to the air, and flies to the cliff. A bang was heard and the horse was missing; only a thread of smoke remained. To the farmer’s astonishment, the last sight of the horse was freeze-framed on the cliff at that very splendid moment. This is the origin of the White Horse Hill, from then on, the Louxiadong Stream was renamed White Horse Scene.

  Later, it is said that long-drawn calls had been often heard, and the sight of the horse drinking by that stream had been frequently caught, too.

  Shortly afterwards, It was commonly believed that the white horse belongs to Li Zicheng, the leader of a rising troop. The time he was killed at Jiugong, the horse revolved slowly around him three times and gave out a plaintive call, then ran towards east. With these reasonable assertions, doubts about cattle-like hoof prints are quelled now.

  (narrated by Zhu Congjian, edited by Kong Minbai)


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