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[Photos of Xianning] Magic Damu Mountain
http://English.xianning.gov.cn 07-05-13
 

  

 

  Gurgling water

  Reported by Zhang Dale (www.xnnews.com.cn)

  The towering Damu Mountain stands in the north of Tongshan and south of Xian’an with an altitude of 1000 meters and a total area of about 40 square kilometers. Jiugong Mountain faces it at a distance. It is a magical famous mountain full of poetic quality in southern Hubei Province. Recently, the reporter recorded the colorful natural landscape, mountain village houses and folk customs of Damu Mountain with his camera.

  Damu Mountain is charming full of towering hills and surrounded by rivers. You will be carried away in full surprise at nature’s superb creation with places of interest, such as “Cihu Buddhist Temple”, “Forests and Springs” “Huqi Cave”, “Tianchi Ink Washer”, “Three Well-knowns in Damu” and so on. Damu Mountain has perennially dense mist, rosy clouds and fog, which all manifest the mystery and delicateness of the fairy tale. In spring, all things are moist and begin to grow, and everywhere is decorated with green color. Primrose and winter jasmine compete to blossom, rhododendron and camellia adorn the beauty, surging the spring tide. In summer, the willows sway like waves, and tender bamboo gives off fragrant smell. There is a riot of colors such as red cherries, yellow loquats, green tea, and purple grapes. In autumn, all the green hills are decorated with red leaves, Kiwi fruit, Gongsun fruit and wild chestnut hung full on branches of the trees, giving off a smell of fragrance everywhere. In winter, it not only has the magnificent scene of fluttering snow in the north, but also has the picturesque scenery of warmth like spring in the south.

  Damu Mountain used to be a vast ocean. After millions of years of vicissitudes, it left many beautiful legends. It was called differently such as Damo (meaning Large Mill), Damu (meaning Big Wood), Damu (meaning the Great Mother), and Damu (meaning Big Tomb) and so on. According to the earliest record, it’s said that the legend Li Jing lost his mother was the origin of the mountain’s name. In order to avoid the war, Li Jing and his mother came to the south of the Yangtze River, chose Damu Mountain as the temporary dwelling. Li Jing’s mother died of illness and he was unable to bury her. Just as he didn’t know what to do, a sudden storm came up, in which stones ruined and the mountain collapsed. Then a huge grave appeared on the ground. That is the legend of Damu Mountain.

   

  Deep in the Mountain

  

   

  The Vast Sea of Bamboos

  

   

   

  Later, Li Jing studied diligently and practiced hard. He went out of the mountain to help Li Yuan, the first emperor of the Tang Dynasty(618-907AD), to rule the world and was raised as “Wei Guo Gong”. In order to honor his mother, people built the Buddhist Temple of Great Mother in the mountain. In the period of the Republic of China, local scholars thought the character “mu” meaning “tomb” of the mountain’s name is unlucky, so they changed “mu” meaning “tomb” into “mu” meaning “curtain”. Damu Mountain is the same as usual and has flowing water. Many sites remain such as "Study Hall", "Pool for Inkwash "," the Buddhist Temple of Great Mother".

  Majestic and towering Damu Mountain is just like a historical giant who has experienced many vicissitudes, standing high in the summit of the peaks. Especially during nearly half a century’s ups and downs, she has witnessed countless life-and- death fight and undergone numerous blood and fire test. In this magical land, numerous heroes and heroines’ have shed their blood. Damu Mountain has lit the fire of the peasants' revolutionary, established southeastern Hubei Red Army base and recorded the glory of the New Fourth Army Guerrilla War Victory. The people in the 20 years’ revolutionary struggle paid a heavy price, and also wrote a brilliant chapter. The scene of blood and fire woven into a tragic and magic picture will be recorded in history forever.

  A group of pioneers in Damu Mountain created magic. In order to beautify their home and for the benefit of their future generations, the forest workers in Damu Mountain have been toiling day and night for four decades and finally covered the bald ridge and barren hills with green. People living there become rich. Damu Mountain, the trees, the primitive land, and the clear water all selflessly present themselves to people, exhibiting their beauty.

  

   

  The Blossom of the Rhododendron

  


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