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Chapter24:The Last Battle

Chapter24:The Last Battle

    ''In the past, on the nine rivers, I gazed at the peak of Mt. Jiuhua,

    The Milky Way hung within black waters, with nine lovely lotuses appearing within.

    I wish to wave my hand about, who is willing to follow me?

    Sir, you are the host of this party, and thus now I lie relaxed amidst the clouds.''

    ''Li Bai''

    Mt. Jiuhua was forty li southwest of Anhui province's Qingyang city. It was next to where the two cities of Jingxian and Lingyang were during the Han dynasty.

    In the Three Kingdoms period, the Eastern Wu kingdom established the Lincheng county. After the Sui dynasty collapsed, the Tang dynasty created the Qingyang prefecture. The mountain had already become famous and was considered part of Chizhou prefecture. The mountain was five li north of the county, past the Plum Family Ridge and bordered by Guichi province.

    Mt. Jiuhang was north of Linyang, east of Qiupu, was five small streams south of Datong, and bordered the Twin Dragon-Mouth Peaks to the west. In ancient days, it was named Mt. Jiuzi.

    The Tang dynasty's Li Bai toured Mt. Jiuzi. When he saw the mountain peak, which appeared like a blooming, nine-petaled lotus, he changed its name to Mt. Jiuhua.

    It is recorded in books that "the old name was Mt. Jiuzi. The Tang dynasty poet saw that the nine peaks of the mountain appeared like they had been whittled into the shape of lotus petals, and thus changed the name to Mt. Jiuhua."

    It is also recorded in the annals of Qingyang province that "the mountain is forty li west of the county. There are forty eight famous peaks, fourteen crags, five caves, eleven ridges, eighteen springs, and two river sources. There are a number of other different, unique stone platforms, ponds, ravines, and brooks."

    'Knowing and Doing Becoming One', Wang Yangming, once studied within the reaches of this mountain. Throughout the ages, the place has held equal fame with Li Bai's study.

    The god of poetry, Li Bai, 'changed Mt. Jiuzi to Mt. Jiuhua' in an orderly fashion.

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