Lines of ink trace the lines of mountains, the sea and a city. You read the words written in the hand of an expert calligrapher:
Jade steps exquisite are more splendid facing Tze-wei Palace.
North doors open unto kingfisher drapes,
south paths lead to gilded portals,
pounded into being by sunny rays,
dappled into hiding by moonbeams.
Light moss stains pearl slippers,
small puddles lick a silk dress.
I smile in loneliness at K'unlun's crevice,
watch in vain for the bluebird flying free.
"Ah, welcome, Young Hopeful." The examiner, Yang Ya Bo looked at you with twinkling eyes. This task will be different, this task will challenge your sense of beauty, you will let the poetry of Pao Tzu-ch'ing guide you in building the most splendid of cities. A city to honour both the Emperor and the Gods.
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