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Exploring hiding place of 'The Orphan of Zhao'

People's Daily Online)  08:26, September 29, 2012

Photo shows the view of the Zang Mountain Scenic Spot, located in Yu County, Yangquan City, north China's Shanxi Province. (chinapic.people.com.cn)

Edited and translated by Ye Xin, People's Daily Online

The Zang Mountain Scenic Spot, located in Yu County, Yangquan City, north China's Shanxi Province, is famous for an ancient story-- The Orphan of Zhao. Zang Mountain is said to be the hiding place of the orphan of Zhao Family.

The story of The Orphan of Zhao takes place during the Spring and Autumn Period and depicts the theme of familial revenge. In the state of Jin, Duke Ling was the ruler of his respective state. In his court, Minister Zhao Dun and General Tu Angu were two of his most influential subordinates. However, Tu Angu had a deep hatred for Zhao Dun. He wanted to destroy his rival, Zhao Dun, and exterminate the Zhao family. General Tu Angu succeeded in framing Zhao Dun, and slaughtered 300 members of the Zhao family.

At that time, the grandson of Zhao Dun was still a swaddle. Fortunately, he was saved by a friend of his father-Cheng Ying, who hid the orphan in Zang Mountain for 15 years. Finally, the orphan of Zhao Family revenged for his family.

In order to eulogize Cheng Ying's brave deeds, the later generations set up a temple here to sacrifice them with continuous burning incense.

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(Editor:叶欣、姚春)

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