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Taibai Pavillion on Jingtingshan, Zuancheng

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Climbing Jing Pavillion On A Fall Day
        Li Bo 699-762

River town like a painting,
On this late mountain evening
        I gaze at the clear sky.
Two rivers flow 
        like bright mirrors,
A pair of bridges 
        arch like rainbows.
Cottage smoke 
        cools the tangerine trees,
Fall colors 
        yellow old Wutong trees.
No one knows
        here
                up on the North Tower,
Facing the wind
        I miss Master Xie.
 
Qiūrì Dēng Jìngtíng
Lǐ Bó 699-762

Jiāng chéng rúhuà lǐ,
Shān wǎn wàng qíngkōng.
Liǎng shuǐ lái míngjìng,
Shuāng qiáo luò cǎihóng.
Rén yān hán júyòu,
Qiūsè lǎo wútōng.
Shéi niàn běilóu shàng,
Lín fēnghuái Xiègōng.
 
Translator: Dongbo 東波

Notes:
The 敬亭 Jingting, Jing Pavillion, was on 敬亭山 Jingtingshan, in Xuancheng City, Anhui Province. On a clear day, which is more rare than in Li Bo's time, from Jingtingshan one can see the two rivers flowing by Xuancheng, the 水陽江 Shueiyangjiang and the smaller 宛溪 Wanxi. The two bridges no longer exist.

 
 
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