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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]
location
Xianning City, attached to Hubei Province, known as “the southern gateway to Hubei”, is famous for sweet-scented os... [more]
Administrative divisions
Lying in the southeast of Hubei Province, along the south bank of the Yangtze River, and at the junction of Hunan, Hu... [more]
History
 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]
Initial cultural exploration of Chang'e NO.1 the Hometown of Chang'e
http://English.xianning.gov.cn 11-11-01
 

  Based on a folk story of Xian’an District, Xianning City, in the moon, osmanthus trees are sacred trees grown by Elder Zhang Guo, one member of the Eight Immortals of Taoism, and were later transplanted to the mortal world. Bai Juyi, a famous poet of Tang Dynasty, once said: “High in the moon, osmanthus trees were rooted deeply there. But when breezes start blowing, seeds drop and trees grow in man’s world.” And Yang Wanli, another poet of Song Dynasty, once said: “Never grow in the mortal world, osmanthus trees are transplanted all the way from the moon. A tinge of fragrance is what is needed, to spread and fill the whole world with the same.” So, who was it that transplanted osmanthus to our world? Pi Rixiu of Tang Dynasty put it this way: “As pieces of jewels scattered on the ground, I bowed to collect but they turned dews. Cannot know what happened in the moon, but Chang'e is likely to have dropped them.” He suggested that it was Chang'e (the fairy of moon) who brought osmanthus seeds to the mortal world.

  Xian'an District boasts a long history of osmanthus plantation and processing. Long ago, local people naturally associated Chang'e with osmanthus trees. Since legends have always been related to a certain object, the two were naturally connected. Osmanthus trees were also connected to local landscapes, food cultures, local figures as well as local custom and sacrifice ceremonies. With all these associations, there is every reason to believe that Xian’an is the hometown of Chang'e!

  Osmanthus is the very source of Chang'e culture in Xian’an District. Originated from northern myths and legends in China, Chang'e culture has become an indispensable part of Xian’an local cultures.


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