In Front of History
As night falls, the beam of our searchlight has dressed the collapsed area of the ancient Nanshanwu Silver Mine of Yinshan, Dexing, with a glimmering coat. Silver mining here ended not long ago in the 20th century but now the former bustling mine is almost completely hidden by rampant weeds. Not far away over the mountain, the recently discovered gold mine at Jinshan is full of the roar of modern machinery. Comparatively, the tranquil air here allows our minds to go back in history. Standing in front of the ancient entrance of a collapsed mine, we imagine hearing the echoes of chisels and hammers pounding against the tough rocks.