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Lin Bu 2017-05-08
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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