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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]
Xianning City, attached to Hubei Province, known as “the southern gateway to Hubei”, is famous for sweet-scented os... [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]
 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]
Zhuang Yuan* Study 10-12-22

  On Mount Jinlong of Baini Town, Chongyang County, there is a study called “Zhuang Yuan Study”, which, as legend goes, is the study place for Huang Tingjian, a poet and calligrapher of Song Dynasty (960-1279).

  In fact, Huang Tingjian is not a Baini local, but from the adjacent Jiangxi Province. But many a time he headed here to play, and a local girl sent him to study in the school in Mount Jinlong. One day, there appeared a traveling scholar who uttered a couplet to challenge the school master, claiming that he would leave if the master can respond to it; otherwise, he demanded some money. First the scholar presented his lines.

  Unable to answer, the master was so anxious as to stroke his head. At that time, Tingjian, standing beside him, interrupted and composed the lines, thus eased his master’s anxiety. 

  Having nothing to reply, the scholar, with a blush spreading all over his face, turned around and left quickly. The master praised Tingjian, “What a prodigy you are.”

  Years later, Tingjian grew up to be a famous personality. And the school where he studied was named “Zhuang Yuan Study”.

  The story is narrated by Xiong Yuanchu and collected and recorded by Yang Jingchong.

  * Zhuang Yuan: the highest-ranking student in the imperial examination

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