Mountain Travel (visiting Tu Mu)

Mountain Travel (visiting Tu Mu)

A steep stone path climbs the distant cold mountain
with homes high in the white clouds.
I stop the carriage to admire the maples in the evening.
No spring flower can compare to their frosted red leaves.

Literal translations of classic Chinese poetry can be found at This is my interpretation of a poem by Tu Mu. The literal translation, as provided at, is as follows:

Mountain Travel

Far on cold mountain stone path slant
White cloud live place be households
Stop carriage because love maple forest evening
Frost leaf red than second month flower

Image source: Wikimedia Commons – Maple in Autumn by Tosa Mitsuoki

More Chinese interpretations can be found here.

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