I once saw the story of how the demigod Lu Dongbin saw the exquisitely beautiful scenery around Dongting Lake. Moved by the sharp peaks and gleaming light on the like, he wrote two characters that looked like “虫二,” and had someone carve them on a wooden tablet, which was hung on the third floor of the Yueyang Tower. Because these two characters were unknown and unpronounceable, and had been written by an immortal, nobody dared to take the tablet down, and it continues to hang in the Yueyang Tower. A thousand years later, during the Ming Dynasty, a student by the name of Xu finally interpreted the characters.
I saw these two characters along the lake shore when I visited West Lake in Hangzhou a few years ago. They were carved on a small stone tablet which had been set up along the road. People had rubbed the tablet until it was almost smooth, and a group of people congregated by the tablet and discussed the meaning of “虫二.” After being told that it was believed to mean “boundlessly lovely scenery,” I realized in an instant that West Lake also has gorgeous scenic beauty. ＠