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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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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]
Huang Tingyu vs. Sister-in-law
http://English.xianning.gov.cn 10-12-22
 

  Huang Tingyu, the fourth son of the family, had 3 elder brothers who had been married. The sister-in-laws found Tingyu adorable as a talented little boy who was also naughty, and liked asking him questions. Once on Dragon-boat Festival, an idea hit one sister-in-law with a couplet was presented to Tingyu later. No answer, no zongzi*. Therefore, Tingjian agreed with confidence. Then, the sister-in-law said, “On the fifth of May, five brothers sit and eat zongzi.” Knowing that she is on purpose, the boy tried to call her names, thus he uttered, “Brother and sister make dumplings late at night.” This made her flush, well aware that she herself was beaten. So she complained to his teacher, claiming that Tingyu showed no respect toward his brother and sister-in-law and asked for his punishment.

  On the next day, Tingyu, upon arrival at the school, was sent to the teacher’s room. With a ferula in hand, he remarked, “A test for you today. A good answer will spare you from punishment. Otherwise, you will be beaten by my ferula for 20 times.” Bowing his head, Tingjian kept silent. Spontaneously the teacher presented: “Students in the room, learning calligraphy, characters, and essays.” Having looked at the wall with a painting of a monk, the boy remarked, “A monk in the painting, sounding the bell, the alms bowl and the wooden knocker.” At this, the teacher, hurriedly dropping the ferula, praise him loudly, “What a genius, what a genius.”

  At noon, Tingjian returned home and found his sister-in-law washing greenfeed for pigs, who smiled and asked “did the teacher quiz you today?”

  “Yes.”

  “On what topic?”

  “He proposed a couplet, ‘Students in the room, learning calligraphy, characters, and essays.’”

  “What did you say?”

  Fully aware of her secret report, Tingjian changed his original version, uttering “my answer is ‘Sister-in-law at home, feeding pigs, dogs and blabbermouths.’”

  Outwitted by him again, the woman had no choice but never to tease him.

  * Zongzi: a glutinous rice dumpling people eat on Dragon-boat Festival


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