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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]
Ear-cutting Slope 11-05-17

  On April 24, out of admiration, I reached the peak of Mount Yaogu located in Daping Township, Tongcheng County. The mountain, 1360 meters above sea level, enjoys a good reputation of Natural Drug Storehouse. Situated on the border of the central province of Hunan and Hubei, its luxuriance, magnificence and spectacularity make it a spotlight of tourists’ destinations.

  This correspondent planed to explore the relics of the ancient Yao people in Qianjiatong, their inhabited area, and trace the spot where Li Shizhen, a well-known TCM expert in China, had gathered herbs, when suddenly, close to Hengling Reservoir, a guideboard caught everyone’s eyes. It said: Ear-cutting Slope. Why, you may wonder, would a beautiful green hill be named so bloody and startling?

  Li Yushu, the editor of the collection of revolutionary poems Dapingxiang who accompanied us, told us the story.

  From 1931 to 1934, Xu Yangang, the division commander of the 16th division force of the Red Army (of the communist party), and Zhao Qi, a regimental commander, led Red Guards (which consists of farmers) to have been at war with the 19th division force of the Kuomintang around Mount Yaogu areas. During those 30-plus wars, 123 injured soldiers of the Red Army urgently needed to be treated, so a red army hospital was built in Dagang Slope. But shortly afterwards, the hospital was plundered, so they secretly migrated the hospital to Nanzu Ditch, where was abundant in herbs and was of vital military importance. A platoon of soldiers was stationed there guarding against enemies.

  Hu Dengchun (nicknamed pocked Hu), the chief of the Defense Bureau of KMT in Beigang Town, and Wu Bingnan, had attempted to attack the hospital with their troop for several times. Their attacks were so violent that the Red Amy was soon mired in troubles: a dearth of armed forces and ammunition and more importantly, western medicines to save lives! Over 40 minor injured soldiers had to rush to the warfront, only having their wounds treated with pumpkins and Chinese yam.

  In the fall of 1933, Hu Yijian and Hu Guanyuan turned traitors. On July 23, they guided the KMT troops to the Red Amy hospital via shortcuts. And then a night raid was carried. The unexpected strike took away over 100 lives of the hospital staff, only a handful of them survived. To demonstrate his “tremendous achievements” and demand rewards from his superior, pocked Hu ruthlessly cut one ear from each victim, thus collected a whole basket. It took nearly two months for locals to bury those bodies. From then on, in memory of these martyrs, the name Nanzu Ditch changed into Ear-cutting Slope.

  In 1986, the county- and town-level governments funded to have a monument to revolutionary martyrs built. On the seven-meter-height tablet, it wrote: As those evergreens keep springtime around, feats of martyrs linger in our hearts. Every year during the Tomb-weeping day, numerous of people come to pay respects. The flowers in front of the monument betray all.

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