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Tang Poem – Qing Ming by Du Mu

The poem Qing Ming was commonly attributed to Du Mu, a famous Tang poet.
The poem Qing Ming was commonly attributed to
Du Mu ( 杜牧 ), a famous Tang poet.

唐诗《清明》- 杜牧





qīng míng shí jié yǔ fēn fēn

lù shàng xíng rén yù duàn hún

jiè wèn jiǔ jiā hé chù yǒu

mù tóng yáo zhǐ xìng huā cūn

Tang Poem – Qing Ming by Du Mu

Heavy raindrops fall like tears on Qing Ming,

Even the people on the street look lifeless.

Where can I find a wine shop to drink?

The shepherd boy points to Xing Hua Village.

(Translated by

A popular poem written on the Qing Ming Festival ( 清明节 ) theme attributed to the great Tang Dynasty poet Du Mu ( 杜牧 ). Qing Ming Festival, or Tomb Sweeping Day, was a traditional Chinese festival whereby families visited their ancestors’ graves to grief and paid respect. Qing Ming fell on the 15th day after the Spring Equinox when the climate was transitioning to a warmer Spring and when sudden rainfall was common.

Over the years, the name Xing Hua Village ( 杏花村 ) mentioned in the poem had came to symbolize a refuge or simply a place that sold good wine. Today, there were over 30 places in China / Hong Kong that were called Xing Hua Village. Even a metro station was named Xing Hua Village in Hong Kong (Pronounced as Heng Fa Chuen in Cantonese). However, later studies had questioned whether Du Mu was the actual author of this poem.

Hong Kong metro station named Xing Hua Chun or Heng Fa Chuen in Cantonese
A Hong Kong metro station named
Xing Hua Chun ( 杏花村 ), or Heng Fa Chuen
in Cantonese.

Chinese Vocabulary

清明节, qīng míng
, - Qing Ming Festival

杜牧, dùmǔ, – Du Mu, name of a famous Tang Dynasty Poet

杏花村, xìng huā cūn, – Xing Hua Village, name of a village in the poem Qing Ming that are now popularly adopted.

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