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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]
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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]
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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]
The First Birthday Gift Received in Xianning
http://English.xianning.gov.cn 10-03-25
 

  Liu Xinglong, a renowned writer in China, is the Vice-President of Hubei Writers' Association, the Vice-President of Literary Federation of Wuhan, as well as the chief editor of Fangcao.

  Liu had ever been rewarded the First Contemporary Literature Academic Award with the novel The Entrance Of Holy Door, the best novella of the first LuXun Literature Prize with Shouldering Tea To Beijing, the Baihua Prize of Fiction Monthly in three times successively with the novella Country Teacher and Hard to Share, the seventh Zhuang Zhongwen Literature Prize etc.The novella Country Teacher and Wind in Autumn were also adopted into movies.

  When the reporter found Liu Xinglong was in Xianning he decided to interview Liu.In the early morning on 19th March,the reporter got the telephone number of Liu after many inquiries,he made a bold try to ask Liu whether he had time to have an interview. Unexpectedly,Liu agreed at once. 

  I got my first birthday gift in Xianning

  I had been Xianning many years ago,and wrote The Gentle City for Xianning. Xianning is peaceful,indifferent ,quiet and harmony in the article, said Liu Xinglong.

  A piece of yearning flashed through Liu's eyes when he talked to the coziness of Xianning. Liu recalled that period of time in Xianning and said :"That was my first time to Xianning ,a few friend of mine held a welcome reception for me.Everyone felt comfortable in the cozy evening with the passing breeze.That day was also my birthday, a friend gave me a book as a birthday present.I felt surprised but warn and moving later because the book was my first birthday present."

  "Great changes have happened the time I visit Xianning again,I hardly find a piece of the old appearance of Xianning." he said, "Xianning was still a small town with twisting streets and alleys and old houses when I was in Xianning.But now, the small town has developed into a metropolis with high-rise buildings everywhere. Especially in the recent years,the developing speed of Xianning came out top among the other cites in Hubei Province.Every time I came to Xianning in recent times, I would fail to find the direction without the help of GPS in the car, because of the tremendous changes of Xianning in the few years."

  Everyone has a form of literature

  Liu Xinglong had his own views regarding to the popular network literature: Network is just a tool, but literature is an art. Literature uses network as a tool to spread its influences. In fact, everybody has their own form of literature. For instance, the story our grandfather told us when we were just kids is a form of literature, known as the spoken literature.There are many tools of literary spread in history including ancient bamboo sheets,traditional papers and present network,but none of them can take place of the position of classical literature as scriptures.

  The current network literature is just a kind of popular literature with limited survival time, it will not and never substitute classical literature.

  When the reporter asked Liu how to foster the literature quality of young students, he suggested:"Students in four to five grade can try to read the masterpieces literature such as The Count of Monte Cristo and Water Margin. It focuses on training the literature sensation of students but not to make them understand the theme of the books."

  Xianning has a number of promising writers who will have splendid prospect if given sufficient time to practice .

  Liu said :"There are a group of talent writers in Xianning .They will make a bright future if they can work hard and get supports from others"

  "If those writers want to improve themselves" Liu said:"They need to practice more,think broader and have a greater ambition and courage to talk with the city because Xianning is a part of the world,a good writer should write for the world. Meantime,they had better not write with too much fashion and popularity since fashion and popularity do not truly belong to the classic and vice versa.It is the classic that makes literature immoral.


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