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Location of 八陣圖 Bazhentu, where Meixi River and Changjiang meet

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杜甫







Eight Battle Formation
        Du Fu 712-770

Your exploits tower above any in the Three Kingdoms,
Brilliant was your perfection of the Eight Battle Formations.
The Great River surges, the rocks are not consumed,
Eternal regret you failed to swallow Wu!
 
Bāzhèntú
Dù Fǔ 712-770

Gōng gài sān fēn guó,
Míng chéng bāzhèntú.
Jiāng liú shí bù zhuǎn,
Yí hèn shī tūn Wú.
 
Translator: Dongbo 東波

Notes:
The 八陣圖 Bazhentu was the outline in rocks of a battle formation ostensibly built by Zhuge Liang during the Three Kingdoms period. It was blasted away before this photo was taken to make way for the new lake that has since been formed when the Three Gorges Dam was completed.

 
 
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