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Lin Bu 2017-05-11
Lin Bu (967 - 1028), from Qiantang of Hangzhou, was a distinguished poet of the Southern Song Dynasty. Hard working at a young age, he had a good knowledge of all classics of Chinese literature, which contributed to his later becoming a most important poem master in Chinese history. Not interested in fame and wealth, most of Lin Bu’s adult life was devoted to traveling and idling among waters and mountains, in doing so, having provided inspirations for his poems which gained him national fame. Although having been offered prestigious government posts, he refused them all.

In his later years, he lived in seclusion by West Lake in the Solitary Hill of Hangzhou. During the time, he often visited the temples beside the West Lake by boat to indulge in Buddhism and exchange thoughts with eminent monks. Lin Bu extremely loved cultivating plum trees and keeping cranes so that he considered plum trees his wife and cranes his children. The two are both symbolic creatures in Chinese culture, with plum trees whose flowers bloom most vibrantly in freezing winter days symbolizing perseverance and hope, and cranes one of the holy creatures symbolizing eternal youth and connected with immortality.

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The Art of the Guqin2017-11-21
Guqin, is a traditional Chinese musical instrument with a history that spans at least three thousand years. Ranked first in the following top four traditional Chinese arts – Guqin, Chess, Calligraphy and Painting, Guqin has long been considered as the symbol of elegance and has been the long-chosen musical accompaniment for singing ancient scholars. To know or to master the art of the Guqin, then the following influential places in Hangzhou are a good place to start.
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Hangzhou, Soaked in Traditional Chinese Medicine2017-11-21
Traditional Chinese medicine has a time-honored history. As early as ancient times, through the process of struggling with nature, traditional Chinese medicine was created. When searching for food, it was discovered that plants could relieve symptoms, which is the origins of traditional Chinese medicine; hot rocks or sand and earth wrapped up with furs or tree barks eased pain when warming oneself by a fire, which is how moxibustion came into being. It is also during the process of producing tools, that the ancient Chinese discovered the stabbing of some parts of the body can ease the pain of some other parts of the body, and that is how acupuncture come into being.
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