Exiting From Ghost Gate Pass


 
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Ghost Gate Pass in Lang Son, NE Vietnam.

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Exiting From Ghost Gate Pass
Exiting From Ghost Gate Pass 
(In Awe Of Heaven Pass)
        Zhou Can

The caps, robes and institutional trapping
are especially revered in the south,
So why does this pass 
        have such an inauspicious name?
Let us call it "In Awe of Heaven" 
        to remember this principle,
So that for myraid years 
        it can hold sway over the torrid wilds.
 
Chū Guǐménguān
Chū Guǐménguān
(Shí Yì Wèi Wèi Tiānguān)
Zhou Can

Yīguān wénwù zhòng nán qiáng,
Héshì guān mīng dà bùxiáng.
Tí rì wèi tiān sī cǐ yì,
Wànnián dài lì kòng yánhuāng.
 
Translator:

Notes:
When Zhou Can crossed Ghost Gate Pass on his return trip he decided to change this inauspicious moniker. He then composed this poem to mark the occasion, Exiting from Ghost Gate Pass (At that time I changed its name to ‘In Awe of Heaven Pass).

 
 
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