Zhiyin: A Ship of Memories
When looking back on the history of Wuhan, all of us will feel its grandeur and glory.
I could almost hear Ye Diaoyuan, a poet in Qing Dynasty standing on the bank of Yangtze River...
When looking back on the history of Wuhan, all of us will feel its grandeur and glory. I could almost hear Ye Diaoyuan, a poet in Qing Dynasty standing on the bank of Yangtze River, chanting his rhythmic Zhuzhici Lyrics(folk lyrics)“Grasses on the expansive land are eternally green; A gust of lake wind carries the tune playing.” His folk lyrics are acute observations of the local life of Hankou in Qing dynasty, a multi-perspective view of the colorful Chu cultures, as well as an emotional episode of the vernacular flavor; the vintage and nostalgic Cheongsam reminds us of the life in the Concessions in Hankou, where slender figures with elegant gestures and oriental ingredients greet our eyes; the ship “Zhiyinhao” sailed down the river into the vivacious downtown areas where are dotted with dancers and singers, while gramophones babbling about the secrets of local life in the Republic era…
Chi Li, a woman novelist in Wuhan, once wrote, “The city encompasses us in all aspects with the passing of the years. This is my city.” The traditional yet exquisite folklores have long been merged into the city life, bearing witness to its prosperity and cultural charm. As local residents in Wuhan, we inevitably grow up with the advancement of city. In an age when progress is overstressed, we are committed to creating a city of cultural diversity, merging the East with the West, and juxtaposing the old with the new.
“Wuhan exists not just in our memories; it is planted in our soul and flesh.” Wuhan locals are steretyped as careless and casual type. It seems that they are likely to trash talk their hometown. Yet they also cherish it at the bottom of their heart. These unspeakable emotions or whatever they are calling are deeply ingrained in their minds, who will continue telling the stories of Wuhan, though in different ways.