By Meng Qingzhong
March of the south is the season of radiant and enchanting spring scene. Grass after slumbering the whole winter is turning tender green, bringing people into the green spring. At this time, you will discover that Xianning is a city of greenness: green hill, green water, green bamboo, green mood and style, rendering itself into a sea of greenness.
Strictly speaking, Xianning is not a very developed city, but its natural beauty is incomparable and overwhelming. Thousands of years of sedimentation have made Xianning a green home. It is generally acknowledged that Xianning is "Hometown of Bamboo"," Hometown of Tea", "Hometown of Osmanthus "and "Hometown of Ramie". With its many bridges and hot spring, Xianning is also worthy of the name "Hometown of Hot Spring", "Hometown of Bridges".
Greenness in Xianning is more natural and quietly elegant than that in Yunnan or the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau. Compared to greenness in Yunnan which is overwhelmingly dark and has gone a little too far, as if a girl were dressed up too much and greenness in Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau which is kind of dry, greenness in Xianning is so pure and it's like jade.
Indeed, greenness in Xianning also differs from that in other cities where greenness is evaporated off water and it is too dry, still looking extremely unnatural after artificial care watering and pruning. Greenness in Xianning on the streets or in the end of an alley, or in a farmhouse looks exceptionally natural, is just like a willowy girl wearing a green para rainbow skirt and covered with a white veil, with light mist around.
If you have an excellent opportunity to visit farmhouse, you will see the sapphire hills full of bamboo, tea, osmanthus, orange respectively and jade greenness in the fields will certainly be a feast for your eyes.
Xianning shows its great magic of greenness from "Sea of Bamboo" on mount Damu to "Qianshan National Forest Park" at Gan River, and from Xiangyang Lake area with intoxicating sceneries to "Hometown of Osmanthus". Even in hottest July in Xianning, you will feel coolness from greenness.
If you want to savor greenness of Xianning, you can brew up a cup of green tea made in Xianning and during the process you will experience gentle gracefulness of greenness.