Source: People’s Daily – People’s Daily Overseas Edition

Eight hundred miles of Qilian rushed to a small town, made a tip, and left a few called Ami Ganggar, Ami Wanzhi, Amigazhuo… The snowy mountains stretch to the west. These snowy peaks have always been the source of water in the entire Liangzhou, where the water flows, the Shiyang River flows endlessly, and the clouds and shadows of large and small reservoirs wander.

The town is 35 kilometers away from Liangzhou City, belongs to Tianzhu Tibetan Autonomous County, and has an excellent name – Qilian. The Xiongnu language means Tianshan Mountain.

There are Tibetan, Han, Turkish, Mongolian and other ethnic groups living in the deep mountain hinterland, where snow-capped mountains are crisscrossed, forests are dense, pastures are vast, and ice and snow meltwater nourishes large rivers, among which there is a river called Ice Gully, wrapped in large stones, the sound of water and soup, roaring day and night through the town of Qilian Town.

Why is it called Ice Gutter River? Because the Qilian Mountains have many snowy mountains, many glaciers, high altitudes, and snow in the valleys, in the Grand Canyon of Nimera, even in summer, the glaciers have not all melted. The melting glacier snow water, along the mountain, converges into the lower part of the canyon, rolling into a river, like a wild horse, galloping unruly.

In the new era, the scene of green water and green mountains has become the yearning of the people of all ethnic groups, protecting the Qilian Mountains and protecting the water conservation land has become a strong assembly order of the people of Tianzhu County, Qilian Town alone has closed a number of mining and prospecting points, the landscape forest field lake grass project and the water source protection project have completed the ecological restoration of the Qilian Mountains, and the mountains and rivers have been rejuvenated with infinite vitality.

It doesn’t matter if you and I like such mountains and rivers, the main thing is that the first and pro-princess of the Tang Dynasty, Princess Honghua, likes it. She married Murong Nuo Xiaozhan of Tuyuhun and became queen, and before her death, she was a nomadic herdsman in the Qilian Mountains, nomadic in the north and south of the Tianshan Mountains, and her herding tents were all over the banks of the Glacial Gully River. According to the Gansu archaeological team, the Tuyuhun people carry the Big Dipper on their left shoulder and the South Dipper on their right shoulder, carrying the moon, and are a nation that chases the future with the sun on their backs, so the totem of the Tuyuhun nation is a three-legged golden crow. The three-legged wu is the name of a sacred bird that drives a Japanese chariot in Chinese mythology and legend. According to the mythology, the black crow squats in the center of the red sun, surrounded by a golden “red light”, so it is called the golden crow.

Murong Zhi is the third son of Princess Honghua, and his tomb was discovered and excavated by the State Administration of Cultural Heritage in Chashan Village, Qilian Town, on September 27, 2019, and the epitaph contains the words “Buried in the Mausoleum of the Great Khan”, which means that there is still a possibility of the “Mausoleum of the Great Khan” in the depths of Qilian, and the archaeological team in Gansu Province is busy looking for the tomb of the Great Khan of Tuyuhun at the top of the Qilian Mountains. For a time, the landscape Qilian was covered with a layer of mystery of the prosperity and disillusionment of the Tuyuhun Dynasty and the vicissitudes of the history of the Tang Dynasty.

Qilian, the Turks, Rouran, Xiongnu, Yue, Tubo, Tuyuhun in this land… The conquests are endless, the king’s banner is constantly changing, the warriors, the merchant monks, the poets, the dignitaries, all have left footprints in the majestic Qilian Mountains, and during the Tang Dynasty, Princess Honghua and her husband were also stationed in the depths of Qilian, and today, people still call the area around the Binggou River in Qilian Town Honghua Pasture.

The ancestors came from Liaodong in the northeast, and perhaps the Tuyuhun people also liked the Qilian Mountains, which resembled their hometown Daxing’anling, and preferred to live in the vast forest and sea and high mountains and waterfalls.

Let’s look at Honghua Pasture, and when we arrive at the Binggou River Scenic Area, the snowy mountains are already dark, and the moon is the lone light above the snowy peaks. Big stones around the house, winding paths, the sound of water, I lost my direction for a while, the sky full of stars was anxious, booming, booming, jumping out of the night, lighting up the lights for us day and place.

The lamps in one place are what I imagined, large stones, small stones, patterned stones, round stones and flat stones, covering the river valley, and the water rushed against the stones and splashed, flashing some white and bright water sprays like broken jade, like stars twinkling. The night of the steppe, like a dream, is quiet and desolate.

In the early morning, larks pecked through the humid air and woke me up from my dream. Pulling back the curtains, the sun shone brightly over the snowy mountain peaks, and the pines, cypresses, and Kelsang flowers were just outside the window, and I hurried out the door to breathe in the fresh mountain air.

Crossing the forest sea, there are larches, red pines, cedars and spruce, and under the shade of the trees, slender pine needles and huge cones are beautifully laid with thick cushions. Qilian cypress, red birch, yellow thorn, wild vine, golden plum, silver plum… The trees are all extraordinary.

The endless forest of the Qilian Mountains not only brings excellent scenery, but also is like a huge green reservoir, controlling the balance of the entire Qilian Mountain ecosystem.

There are glass houses built in the open area of the forest, there are no windows, but there are windows everywhere, the hay and straw roof, the surrounding is bright, everywhere you can see green, see the mountains, see the water, see the grass slope, cattle and sheep, see the birds rise and fall. When tired of walking, casually walk into the glass room to take a break, recline on the gray-toned fabric sofa, and the mood is flat, quiet and comfortable.

Being here, you should have an indifferent heart, look at the arches of the mountains, see the flowers and trees in the forest, see the grass and trees bearing seeds, see the mountains and rocks, watch the little squirrel holding the pine shell and peeling the scales, looking for pine nuts to eat.

On a blazing summer day, there is a cool look along the glacial gully river. Cool breeze, meandering water around the house, people in the mountain forest are also like a tree, a grass, a flower, the mountain forest is also integrated into our body, the mountain breath enriches every pore and cell, and the flesh and blood body becomes as transparent as a glass house.

Bathed in the blazing sun, and the air, trees, streams, and rocks, we become a part of nature, raise our eyes, see the clouds on the Qilian Snow Peak, and stay at will.

Liangzhou City, a water and soil under the Qilian Mountains, gives birth to fierce, persevering and tenacious life, nourishes the ethnic minorities and the Han Dynasty coming and going in the Hexi corridor, and the biansai poems of Wang Wei, Gao Shi, Cen Shen, and Xin Qiqi are always sung here. The abundant pastures of the Qilian Mountains nurtured elite war horses, the rivers flowing in the Qilian Snow Mountains irrigated 10,000 mu of fertile land, and the drums and horns were heard of each other, and all ethnic groups were finally tolerated and accepted by the Qilian mountains and waters in the historical albums of the former Liang, the Later Liang, the Southern Liang, the Northern Liang, and the Western Liang.

Walking into the Maran prairie, the flower shadows are mottled, just like a blank heart. Rolling marmots ran through the grass, calling cordially, just like a long-farewell greeting. I immediately understood why the Tuyuhun Great Khan Camp was stationed here, when armor, ancient swords, war horses, saddles, and iron-blooded weapons became cold weapons unloaded in the grass and hidden among the flowers, blue, white, and purple Maran flowers surrounded the most beautiful and warm home in the world.

Marlene’s leaves are green to infinity, wide leaves, narrow leaves are rippled by the wind, I want to borrow the fingers of the breeze, I want to touch every green leaf, I also want to borrow the chest of green leaves, unload all the grievances in my heart, melt in the green wave, and then, the white butterflies flying between the grass become light and shimmering.

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