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The Difficult Shu Road

Ai Ya Ya! Dangerous and towering!  

The difficulty of the Shu Road is as difficult as ascending the blue sky!  

Can Cong and Yu Fu founded the Shu kingdom so long ago!  

Since then, forty-eight thousand years have passed,  

with the Qin Kingdom there was no contact.  

Mount Tai Bai on the west has bird paths and blocks the road to Shu,  

only birds can traverse and ascend Emei summit.  

When the earth opened and mountains fell five warriors died,  

only afterwards were the steps to heaven and hanging stone bridges joined.  

The summit above reaches to where Yihe rode his six-dragon cart to block the sun,  

the twisting water below crashes and evades.  

Even spirit-carrying yellow cranes cannot pass,  

monkeys desiring to climb over are left without a place to grasp.  

Black Mud Summit winds and winds,  

nine turns within one-hundred steps over the layered mountains.  

Look to the sky and hold your breath, touch the Shu stars and rise past the Qin constellation,  

pat your stomach and let out an long empty sigh.  

I asked the traveller from the West when he will go home,  

I told him this way’s precipitous crags cannot be climbed.  

The only sounds are the wails of birds perched on ancient trees,  

the female following the male flying a twisted trajectory through the  forest.  

I also hear the cuckoo chirping in the moonlight,  

sorrow fills the empty mountain.  

The difficulty of the Shu Road, is as difficult as ascending the blue sky!  

Crimson health drains from faces when they hear this!  

Not an inch between the layers of mountains and the sky,  

fallen withered pines lean against the precipice.  

Rapids and waterfalls rumble,  

thunder from the gullies as water meets walls and carries stone away.  

This place is so dangerous, I lament those who come from afar, why would you come?  

Towering Jiange Pass soars, guarded by one soldier an entire army cannot pass.  

If the soldier is not trustworthy, he may turn into a wolf or jackal.  

Avoid fierce tigers in the day, evade long snakes in the night,  

grinding their fangs and sucking blood, the dead are uncountable, like scattered sesame seeds.  

Although Jin City is said to be a safe and pleasant city, it still would be better to hurry home.  

The difficulty of the Shu Road, is as difficult as ascending the blue sky!  

With a twisted body I gaze west and let out a sigh.  

 

蜀道难

噫吁嚱,危乎高哉!  

蜀道之难,难于上青天!  

蚕丛及鱼凫,开国何茫然!  

尔来四万八千岁,不与秦塞通人烟。  

西当太白有鸟道,可以横绝峨眉巅。  

地崩山摧壮士死,然后天梯石栈相钩连。  

上有六龙回日之高标,下有冲波逆折之回川。  

黄鹤之飞尚不得过,猿猱欲度愁攀援。  

青泥何盘盘,百步九折萦岩峦。  

扪参历井仰胁息, 以手抚膺坐长叹。  

问君西游何时还?畏途巉岩不可攀。  

但见悲鸟号古木,雄飞雌从绕林间。  

又闻子规啼夜月,愁空山。  

蜀道之难,难于上青天,使人听此凋朱颜!  

连峰去天不盈尺,枯松倒挂倚绝壁。  

飞湍瀑流争喧豗,砯崖转石万壑雷。  

其险也如此,嗟尔远道之人,胡为乎来哉?  

剑阁峥嵘而崔嵬,一夫当关,万夫莫开。  

所守或匪亲,化为狼与豺。  

朝避猛虎,夕避长蛇,磨牙吮血,杀人如麻。  

锦城虽云乐,不如早还家。  

蜀道之难,难于上青天,侧身西望长咨嗟!