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Chinese Bridge Contestants Visit Orange Isle and Yuelu Academy

Updated: 2018-07-27

On July 12, contestants participating in the 17th Chinese Bridge from the five continents visited Orange Isle and Yuelu Academy. They took the chance to appreciate a picturesque Hunan.

Located in the Changsha section of the Xiangjiang River, and surrounded by green waters, Orange Isle connects Yuelu Mountain in the west and the downtown area in the east. It is as long as 5km and as wide as 50-200 meters. The isle has been a popular site for tourists and many famous people. Young Mao Zedong often came here walking on the beach, swimming and sunbathing. On the Isle located a grand white marble monument engraved with four Chinese characters Ju Zi Zhou Tou (meaning Orange Isle) and a classical Chinese poem, Qinyuan Chun-Changsha. They are Mao’s works.

They visited many places of interest such as Du Fu Pavilion, Si Yang Fang Zun Square on the Isle. They were quite interested in the sceneries around and some poems they have read. The contestants later paid a visit to Yuelu Academy.

Yuelu Academy, one of the four greatest academies in ancient China, is situated at the foot of Yuelu Mountain. Built more than 1,000 years ago, it boasts a profound history. It was operated by monks in its earlier period. In 976 AD, Zhu Dong, a prefect of Tanzhou (ancient name of Changsha), took over the administrative power and handed it to Confucian scholars. Henceforth, for more than one thousand years, Yuelu Academy has been a divine spot for Confucianism education and a center of culture and literature. Yuelu Academy was composed of the Main Gate, the Lecture Hall, Lushan Temple Tablet, Yushu Library, Wenchang Pavilion, Six Gentleman Hall, Ten-sacrificial-vessels Hall, Grand Sunlight Platform, the Banxue Building, and the Hexi Platform.

Walking inside the acadmy, the contestants seemed to open an aesthetic ancient Chinese scroll. They quietly appreciated the long-lasting complex and felt its unique charm.

Translator: Zhan Ping
Chinese source: bridge.chinese.cn
Photo source: bridge.chinese.cn