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Gifts and Blessings from Mount Yuelu

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Gifts and Blessings from Mount Yuelu

Zhang Shaoxiong

 

      On a September Sunday morning, hotter than warm and cooler than hot, my wife and I, walked on the paths, narrow and silent, zigzagging into the woods of Mount Yuelu. Smooth roads and wide stairways are often crowded with people, climbers from the universities around, and tourists from different corners of China and of the world. We prefer the wild theatres in the depth of the woods, far from the madding crowds, where we can ramble at leisure.

     We rambled in the wild theatres, from one to another, sometimes on the paths thinly paved with leaves, and sometimes on the slopes thickly carpeted with leaves, pine needles and other windfalls, spotlighted by the sunbeams, and decorated with colourful feathers dropped by unknown birds.

     Somewhere in the depth of the woods, on the southern slope, we saw some egg-like things, bright and yellow, scattered on the carpet. They are windfalls, southern sour dates or wild persimmons, I thought. I moved my eyes, up slowly, along the trunks, finally, onto the azure windows of the dome formed of the trees taller than 20 metres. They are southern sour dates, not wild persimmons, I decided. We walked to the slope, and had a close-up examination. There were many southern sour dates, many, some beneath the leaves, some among the leaves, and some upon the leaves. We decided to pick up the bright and yellow ones upon the leaves, and took out a foldable bag, unfolded it, for the pickings. When exposed to such windfalls, few hesitate, who known of and have a liking to or for them.

     We continued to ramble, and encountered southern sour dates at more than three places, mostly on the southern slope, and by the noon we almost filled the bag with the pickings.

     Southern sour dates (nan suan zao in Chinese) are fruits, nutritious and symbolic. In the Chinese context, they symbolize happiness, with the epithet “Fruits of Happinesses” or “Fruits of Five Happinesses”, as there are five holes in the top ends of the kernels.

     There are many other fruits produced in the wild theatres of Mount Yuelu, not only nutritious, but also symbolic, of such good things as health, wealth, and good luck, one of one, or one of more than one. The creatures with wings can pick them, but those without wings can only wait to pick them up when they fall.

     Windfalls, of the wild theatres of Mount Yuelu in the times of golden autumn, attract many people living and working around. They, to these people, mean not simply natural fruits, but more importantly good things the natural fruits symbolize.

     Windfalls, in the times of golden autumn, are not only gifts and but also blessings Mount Yuelu brings to these people, to the people who know of and love Mount Yuelu, or to the people who know of and love nature.

 

 

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Reply Report liu5222512 2013-9-18 17:43
1.On a September Sunday morning, hotter than warm and cooler than hot,
Cozily warm and pleasantly cool,it’s a good time for sightseeing.
2. and tourists from different corners of China and of the world. We prefer the wild theatres in the depth of the woods, far from the madding crowds, where we can ramble at leisure.
from different corners of China and the world. We prefer the open air theatres deep in the woods, far from the bustling crowds,
3. and decorated with colourful feathers dropped by unknown birds.
Shed by unkown birds.
4. Somewhere in the depth of the woods, on the southern slope, we saw some egg-like things, bright and yellow, scattered on the carpet.
Somewhere deep in the woods, on issouthern slope, we saw something egg-like, bright and yellow, scattered on the carpet of leaves
5. They are windfalls, southern sour dates or wild persimmons, I thought.
They are…,as I called.
6. onto the azure windows of the dome formed of the trees taller than 20 metres.
onto the azure windows of the dome formed trees, 20 more metres in height.
7.They are southern sour dates, not wild persimmons, I decided.
, not wild persimmons, I’m sure.
8.There were many southern sour dates, many, some beneath the leaves, some among the leaves, and some upon the leaves.
There were many southern sour dates, too many, some …
9. When exposed to such windfalls, few hesitate, who known of and have a liking to or for them.
At first sight of such windfalls, anyone will be fond of them after you know of them.
10. and by the noon we almost filled the bag with the pickings.
Our bag was almost full of the pickings.
11. There are many other fruits produced in the wild theatres of Mount Yuelu,not only nutritious, but also symbolic, of such good things as health, wealth, and good luck, one of one, or one of more than one.
but also symbolic for such good things as health, wealth, and good luck.They are one of one, or one of the few ones.
12. Windfalls, of the wild theatres of Mount Yuelu in the times of golden autumn,
In golden autumn season.
13. They, to these people, mean not simply natural fruits, but more importantly good things the natural fruits symbolize.
They are not merely natural fruits,more important are the good things they symbolize for,to the people.
14.Windfalls, in the times of golden autumn, are not only gifts and but also blessings Mount Yuelu brings to these people, to the people who know of and love Mount Yuelu, or to the people who know of and love nature.
Mount Yuelu brings to these people who know of them(windfalls) and who love Mount Yuelu as well as nature.



Some is not right,please let me know.
Reply Report huaren2323 2013-9-19 10:45
It is on the western bank of Xiang River in Changsa, Hunan. Sour dates...Learned some new places and fruit... Good place to visit next time...Thanks for the article Zhang Shaoxiong.
Reply Report mtfeeney 2013-9-19 13:13
I like the way you write.  It reminds me of poetry.  I can't figure out what you mean by wild theater, though.  I actually took a few minutes to rewrite your story.  I corrected the English, but it also loses the feeling of poetry.  

liu5222512, there are a few problems with your suggestions.  "Cozily warm and pleasantly cool" is a contradiction. 5 and 6 are both incorrect.  What he originally wrote is better.  The "too" you added in 8 doesn't make sense, but the original sentence was also wrong.  For 11, you can use either "symbolic for" or "symbolic of".  Both are correct, but "of" is better.  If you want to use "for", you would say it "stands for".

Near the end of the poem/story/blog, the English starts having bigger problems.  I wasn't able to write a clear English version, because I couldn't understand exactly what you were trying to say.

I really enjoy reading what you write, Zhang Shaoxiong.  Thank you for sharing with everyone.  I'll post my rewritten version below.  Feel free to disregard it if you feel I'm imposing on you.


On a temperate Sunday morning in September, my wife and I walked along the zigzagging paths into the woods of Mount Yuelu.  The public areas with smooth roads and wide stairways are usually crowded with students from the (nearby/local/surrounding) universities and tourists from different parts of China and the world.  We prefer the (...) further into the depths of the woods, far from the crowds, where we can wander at our leisure.

We walked among the trees and clearings, from one to another.  The paths ranged from having a few leaves scattered about to being carpeted by a thick layer of leaves, pine needles, colorful feathers, and other miscellany with a smattering of sunbeams breaking through the canopy.

In the depths of the woods on the southern slope, we spotted some bright-yellow egg-shaped things scattered about the area.  "They might be southern sour dates or persimmons.", I thought.  I slowly moved my eyes up the trunks of the surrounding trees to the dome-shaped azure canopy more than 20 meters high.  I decided they must be southern sour dates.  We walked to the slope for a closer examination.  There was a plethora of southern sour dates scattered among the leaves.  We decided to take some of the bright-yellow dates, placing them in a foldable bag.  When stumbling upon such a windfall, few familiar and fond of them would hesitate to seize the opportunity.  Continuing along, we discovered dates at more than 3 additional places, mostly along the southern slope.  Our bag was almost full by noon.

Southern sour dates(nan suan zao in Chinese) are full of both nutrition and symbolism.  In the Chinese culture, they symbolize happiness, with the epithet "Fruits of Happiness" or "Fruits of Five Hapinesses", due to the 5 holes on the top.

There are many other fruits produced in (...) of Mount Yuelu, full of nutrition and symbolic significance, such as health, wealth, and good luck.  While winged creatures are able to enjoy the fruit any time, those of us without wings must wait for them to fall.
Reply Report liu5222512 2013-9-19 16:32
mtfeeney: I like the way you write.  It reminds me of poetry.  I can't figure out what you mean by wild theater, though.  I actually took a few minutes to rewri ...
u r right,thank you very much!
my pleasure!
they are not my suggestions.
Making more communications with each other is conducive to our mutual progress, that’s what I did.
Once again,thank you.
Reply Report liu5222512 2013-9-19 16:50
i agree with you on the followings:
1."Cozily warm and pleasantly cool" is a contradiction.
2.6 is incorrect.
     6. onto the azure windows of the dome formed of the trees taller than 20 metres.
onto the azure windows of the dome formed trees, 20 more metres in height.
onto the azure windows of the dome-shaped trees,
3.For 11, you can use either "symbolic for" or "symbolic of".  Both are correct,
Reply Report zhangshaoxiong 2013-9-20 06:44
liu5222512: 1.On a September Sunday morning, hotter than warm and cooler than hot,
Cozily warm and pleasantly cool,it’s a good time for sightseeing.
2. and tour ...
Thank you, liu5222512, for your reading and your efforts to better this blog writing.
Reply Report zhangshaoxiong 2013-9-20 06:45
huaren2323: It is on the western bank of Xiang River in Changsa, Hunan. Sour dates...Learned some new places and fruit... Good place to visit next time...Thanks f ...
Thank you, huaren2323, for your reading and your encouragement.
Reply Report zhangshaoxiong 2013-9-20 06:47
mtfeeney: I like the way you write.  It reminds me of poetry.  I can't figure out what you mean by wild theater, though.  I actually took a few minutes to rewri ...
Thank you, mtfeeney, for your reading, for your encouragement,  and for your efforts to improve this blog writing.
Reply Report Da-Wei 2013-9-22 18:47
I have climbed Mount Yuelu, but only by the main road. Maybe next year when I am there again, I can follow this path. Where id you go to start your climb?
Reply Report zhangshaoxiong 2013-9-26 00:29
Da-Wei: I have climbed Mount Yuelu, but only by the main road. Maybe next year when I am there again, I can follow this path. Where id you go to start your cl ...
Thank you for your reading, Da-Wei. There are many paths. I always start my climbing along the paths on the south-west and the west slopes.

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