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Warior's Complaint
        Liu Zhongyong 746?-

Years of travel to the Jin River
        now I return to Jade Pass,
Every day I whip my horse
        surrounded by flashing swords.
For three months
        spring snows
               blanket fresh tombs,
From the distance
        Yellow River
                coils around black mountains.

Zhēngrén Yuàn
Liǔ Zhōngyōng 746?-

Suìsuì Jīnhé fù Yùguan`,
Zhāozhāo mǎ cè yǔ dāo huán.
Sān chūn báixuě guī qīng zhǒng
Wànlǐ Huánghé rào Hēishān.
Translator: Dongbo 東波

青冢 Qingzhong, fresh tombs, has another meaning; the tomb of Wang Zhaojun, one of the most beautiful women in Chinese history. She was born in Zigui, Hubei, by the eastern end of the Three Gorges on the Changjiang during the Han Dynasty 206BC-25AD. As a beautiful young girl she entered the palace of the Han Emperor Yuandi. Being of strong mind she refused to bribe the court painter Mao Yanshou, as the others did when he did portraits of the candidates for the emperor to choose from. As a result he painted an unflattering picture and she was passed over by the emperor.

In 33BC hostilities broke out between the China and the Mongolians. She volunteered to leave the imperial court and marry the Mongolian chieftan who, it is claimed, was so enamoured with her that peace between the 2 groups was maintained for the next 60 years. Her tomb is located on the southern outskirts of Hohot in Mongolia.

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