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View toward Xian from 觀音台 Guanyintai

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Scale Guanyin Terrace View City
       Baijuyi 772-846

Thousand homes in chessboard pattern,
Twelve streets like vegetable plot.
In distance faintly seen
        they enter the Imperial Capital,
One thin constelation
        hangs over City gates to the west.
 
Dēng Guānyīntái Wàng Chéng
Bǎiqiān jiā sì wéiqí jú,
Shíèr jiē rú zhōngcài qí.
Yáo rèn wēiwēi rù cáo dà,
Yī tiáo xīngsù Wǔménxī.
 
Translator: Dongbo

Notes:
The question is; which 觀音台 Guanyintai? Huashan or Nanwutaishan? We locate this poem both places for now.

 
 
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