In Front of His­tory

China Scenic - - Feature Explore -

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.

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