Chinese poem illustration: 卖炭翁/ Old Man Selling Charcoal by Bai Juyi
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There are a lot streets name end up with the character of market(市). This could be the relics from Han or Tang dynasty for Xi’an city, the former ChangAn city. There is no other cities in China have such many streets name end up with 市(木头市, 骡马市,炭市街,竹笆市), there is no city like ChangAn city forever.
The poem wrote about a sad story in one of the markets in ChangAn city around year 805, based on a real story.
This newly created poem genre , New Musical Department(新乐府) , is the descendant by name and spirits of Han dynasty. These poetry indeed, not like the former Musical Department which is a song with music, was about the real stories of normal life.
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