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Chinese poem illustration: 使至塞上 A Mission to Frontier by Wang Wei

One of the most popular poems by Wang Wei, depicted the spectacular views of north and northwest China, of the vast Gobi desert, with a true painter’s eye, which is the signature of Wang Wei’s poems.

In this poem, Wang Wei created the vision of Gobi desert for Chinese till today. Whenever been to these places of Gobi, the Chinese always reminds of this poem, 大漠孤烟直,长河落日圆. For sure, he or she would also try the best to locate the exact view depicted in this poem.

This poem shows the strong, proud and positive mind of the Tang people, which also gives the ugly wars a magic, exotic and legendary color, as well as the huge space that conquered.

使至塞上
王维

单车欲问边,属国过居延。
征蓬出汉塞,归雁入胡天。
大漠孤烟直,长河落日圆。
萧关逢候骑,都护在燕然。

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