Anticipating Lichee in Jiazhou, North of the Giant Buddha
I travelled from afar, only for
the red lichees ripening every August.
On the north of the Leshan Giant Buddha, about 30 Li away, lies a gorge called Pingqiang. On one side of Pingqiang is a bay, known to be the northernmost habitat of late-ripening lichees in ancient China.
The wind blowing in Pingqiang sustains the growing lichee trees. The lichees’ sweetness that has accrued all-year round is the greatest flavor that your taste buds can ever experience.
Indeed, it is well-known to many that “the Lingnan Region’s lichees that you eat throughout your lifetime have no comparison with the flavor and color of those in Jiazhou.”
Twelve lichee trees that date back to thousands of years ago are still standing on the Lichee Bay, as if you could smell the scent of history from their fruits. The imperial concubine was captivated by them.
Li Bai, the poetic genius, once came here, and paddled a boat in Pingqiang stream while bathed in the moonlight, as part of his voyage for freedom.
Su Shi, an eminent scholar, was once here. He then wished to be appointed as the chief of the local prefecture, so that he could permanently dwell here.
Lu You, the former prefecture chief, also visited here. He ascended the Lichee Building, and declared that he would never let Jiazhou decline in his final years.
Some gourmets were also once here. As they stewed the river fish with the lichee’s spring, they claimed, “On earth, only tranquil joy is delectable”.
A number of business greenhorns came here，and they parked caravans and set up camping facilities on the riverside. Embraced with nostalgic feeling, they fell in love with Leshan.
Alas, you were once here as well. Enchanted by the Lychee Bay, you started to write verses and draw sketches of the place each day.
I wish to stay in Leshan with you. We will stroll along the Lychee Bay, taste the lichees and enjoy the sunset.
Forget about ambitions for now，and embrace Pingqiang's serenity and breeze.