Press Contact

SISU News Center, Office of Communications and Public Affairs

Tel : +86 (21) 3537 2378

Email : news@shisu.edu.cn

Address :550 Dalian Road (W), Shanghai 200083, China

Further Reading

SONG JIANG | Brothers Lu’s Study Site


10 May 2019 | By Yu Yiqun | copyedited by Deng Boyin

  • A Trip to the Brothers Lu’s Study Site

  • A Trip to the Brothers Lu’s Study Site

  • A Trip to the Brothers Lu’s Study Site

I

t was a warm sunny Saturday morning. I took a trip to Xiaokunshan Park. The sky was azure. It is that time of the year when the spring flowers are blooming, the blossom is filling the trees and the birdsong is at its loudest. Although I enjoy the urban life, I do yearn occasionally for a walk through a woodland and the sound and smell of rural life.

Xiaokunshan Park has a fascinating history. Mt. Xiaokunshan is a small mountain in the northwest-most area of Songjiang District, Shanghai City, where Lu Yun (262-303 A.D.) and Lu Ji (261-303 A.D.) (two brothers, both men of letters in the West Jin Dynasty in ancient China) once resided. Low as the mountain is, it is beautiful and lush with verdure. Massive rocks, round or oval, are ubiquitous along the serene paths on the mountain. The Cottage of the Brothers Lu is located on a plain ground of the mountainside, which was rebuilt during the construction of Park Xiaokunshan. It is a quaint and exquisitely ornamented building. The doors and windows are carved with beautiful streaks and markings. The roof of the cottage is coated with thatch to make it resemblant to what it was once like.

According to the legend, when the State of Wu (495 – 473 BC, located at the mouth of the Yangtze River) was conquered, the Brothers Lu returned to their hometown for shelter and threw themselves into studies in seclusion. Mounds of rocks are piled up below the Cottage of the Brothers Lu, which is assumed to be where the Brothers Lu’s Study Site was. Though everything there is simple, it still stirs our imagination.

There is a pond in the park near the Cottage, where white ducks hung around. Some are sending out irritated quacks from the turbid waters of an urban creek. Some keep swimming leisurely and tirelessly like a slow boat. Some have their long necks submerged headfirst in the water while sticking up their webbed feet behind their tails and splashing them desperately so as to keep their balance. There is no knowing if they are searching for tiny bits of food from the bottom of the creek or just enjoying the chill of deep water.

When the sun was setting, swallows flew low over wild flowers and grass on their way to the nests. The all-pervading and all-purifying atmosphere of water-like placidness made me forget all cares and worries. However, the darkness was descending, heralding the upcoming nightfall, so I had to take a taxi back to the dormitory.

Aren’t you weighed down with cares in the life of hard toil and exhausted physically and mentally? I would like to advise you to take a walk occasionally in this park in your off-duty hours. That is the best way to take a rest. It will dissipate your fatigue and relieve your nervous tension. When you are fidgety or depressed, go to the lane and wander around reciting or composing poems with your hands crossed behind your back. You will then suddenly fall into a bright mood and enjoy inner peace, forgetting both yourself and the external world. 

Share:

Press Contact

SISU News Center, Office of Communications and Public Affairs

Tel : +86 (21) 3537 2378

Email : news@shisu.edu.cn

Address :550 Dalian Road (W), Shanghai 200083, China

Further Reading