The Country of Heaven

14 Oct

So, it’s been about a month into writing this blog and I just realized that I never explained the name. Yeah, I’m kind of an idiot sometimes. Basically, before I left for China, my friend’s mom explained to my that Chengdu was known as 天府之国 (tian fu zhi guo). In English, this is the land of abundance or the country of heaven, due to the very agriculturally productive and extremely fertile Chengdu Plain. People have been tilling the land here for about two thousand years, so I figure they’d probably know.

There’s a lot of history here in Chengdu.  Liu Bei (of “Romance of the Three Kingdoms” fame) made Chengdu his capital.  Du Fu and Li Bai immortalized it in poetry.  The Mongols sacked it in their conquest of most of the known world, Chiang Kai-Shek fled here during WWII, and the massive earthquake in 2008 rattled everything but destroyed very little in the city proper despite doing so much damage elsewhere.  Chengdu’s been around for a long, long time.

And then, in August 2011, I got here and promptly started complaining.  Poor Chengdu, it didn’t even stand a chance.


 

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One Response to “The Country of Heaven”

  1. Trish November 27, 2011 at 3:21 pm #

    This might be one of my favorite posts. (And yes, i am reading backwards because i’m bored and it’s 2 AM.) It may have something to do with your awesomely myspace looking photo at the bottom. (It really is a super cute picture of you, though. =D)

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