San Hua Tower at Chengtu
Sun drenched the tall
Chengtu city gates, so that the San Hua Tower
shone brilliantly, its windows
like gold, doors like bits of
embroidery, bamboo curtains
as if made of pearls; but its
stairs were so steep it was
as if I climbed right up into
the clouds; then when I arrived
at the top and looked over the land
troubles were washed from my heart
as evening came and rain fell; from
here in spring, gazing over to where
the great rivers meet, it is as if
I had climbed right up to heaven
to sport there.
（Rewi Alley 譯）
On the Flowery Tower in the Town of Silk1
The sun shines on the Town of Silk, the Tower
Is steeped in morning glow as strewn with flowers.
By golden windows and embroidered doors,
The pearly curtains hang on silver hooks.
Into green clouds a flight of stairways soars;
The gloom's dispelled at such sunny outlooks.
The evening rain towards Three Gorges flies;
Around the town wind rivers crystal-clear.
Today I come to feast on this my eyes
As if I visited Celestial Sphere.
1. Present-day Chengdu, capital of Sichuan Province.