Wednesday, November 14, 2012

H is for huáng shān 黄山

If you have a chance to visit China, you need to visit Mt. Huangshan, which is also called Yellow Mountain. Mt. Huangshan is in Anhui Province of eastern China. Chinese say when one goes to Mt. Huangshan, he or she doesn't need to visit any other mountains in China. What makes Mt. Huangshan so special? I showed them this video and they found the pine trees look very differently than those grow here. They all think the Monkey Rock looks funny.

If you show a Chinese this tree, everyone knows it is the Welcome Guest Pine in Huangshan. This tree is so famous and it even features on the back of the Chinese currency of 5RMB bill!

Chinese put this tree on different forms of art, like paintings, fans and embroidery, etc. We used paint to draw this famous pine tree.
I showed them a picture of me standing right in front of the Welcome Guest Pine 10 years ago. They noticed that there are something shining around me, but no one guessed right what they are. That's another attraction in Huangshan. They are lovers' locks. You can see them on the rails and chains. When locking the locks, lovers will throw the key into the cliff. Then their love will be forever existing and they never leave each other. One girl said, "One day, I am going to get married in China and we will put a lovers' lock in Huangshan." Otheres thought that is very romantic!

We practiced writing Chinese character of mountain. This video shows how the character developed into the current form.
This video shows how Chinese characters developed over different periods in Chinese history. From Jiaguwen in the Shang Dynasty (17th -11th century BC) when people inscribed words on tortoise shells or animal bones, to Jinwen (inscriptions on bronze) in the Western Zhou Dynasty (11th century-771BC), then to the Warring States Period (476-221BC), when the use of characters was prevalent and writing materials extended to porcelain, bamboo, silk, currency and seal besides bronzeware.

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