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Ouyang Zhongshi Presented the Book Ode to Mount Tai to His Hometown

Source: Qilu Evening News Date: 2014-07-24

On the morning of 18 July, the launch and book-donation ceremony of the famous cultural scholar, calligrapher and educator Ouyang Zhongshi’s Ode to Mount Tai was held in Tai’an. Mr. Ouyang Zhongshi came back to his hometown to present his book Ode to Mount Tai to his hometown fellows.

It is reported that the couplets and tablet carving were created by Ouyang Zhongshi upon the inspiration of Mount Tai. The poetic lines in the book give full expression to his long-standing care for, interest in and attention to his hometown as well as the true affection and admiration of a scholar for Mount Tai. At the ceremony, Ouyang Zhongshi donated the books to over ten organizations including his Alma Mater the Tai’an Liangshishi Primary School.

“I was born at the Wangshan Lane in 1928. When I went to school, I lived in Wuma and then moved to the Caiyuan Lane and started studies at the Liangshishi Primary School. That was over 80 years ago, but still remain in my memory. I am proud to be born in such a place as Mount Tai.” Ouyang Zhongshi said that he was born and grew up in Tai’an, which is his true home town. He loved this place from his childhood. Every time he passed by Tai’an, even if he did not stop over, he would always cherish the fond memory of it. And he wrote this book to express his appreciation to his hometown and his fellow people there.

Wen Yanguo, a student of Ouyang Zhongshi told us that Mr. Ouyang has a close natural association with Shandong and the auspicious place of Mount Tai. He first studied at the Fuyamen Primary School and then the Liangshishi Primary School. On 4 April 1937, when the then Children’s Day was celebrated, nine-year-old Ouyang Zhongshi performed the Peking opera “Fighting Through Three Passes”, with his skills in acting, dialogue, singing and martial arts making young Ouyang Zhongshi famous among the local people.