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Series EN 005

on Mon, 12/22/2014 - 09:15
The Dragon River, Fuqing

Amid the desire away from their homeland were the sons of Fuqing who rebelled against the Manchu emperor far away in the Forbidden City - Beijing. Rebellion was the blood that flows, relentless, defending truth and glory of heavenly wind. They were fighters persistent life never gave up and always be consistent in their ideals. The soul of this struggle made people of Fuqing always grounded in new hope, looking for new worlds away from his homeland.

Fuqing city, surrounded by hills, which was like a dragon surrounded and protected it, was ever shining in the Ming dynasty (1368-1644 AD). The city located in Fujian province was not a famous city as the big cities in the South-East coast of China, or as beautiful as Xiamen city which was also located in Fujian province. The city was passed by the wide Dragon River as the economy pulse. Here was where the city center located with the market, houses that formed dense settlements, temples and Yamen - Government Offices - as an administration building.

After the collapse of the Ming dynasty and Qing dynasty gave way, Fuqing was a ravaged city, its population addressing himself as human that wants freedom. The town located on the edge of Nanyang, adjacent to Taiwan, was like issuing its energy as a coastal city that wanted to fight against the Manchu rulers who were sitting far away in the Forbidden City.

As quietly flowed Dragon River disturbed suddenly by the Qing government. Fuqing people were an assembly of men that were suspected to undermine the State. The state had become a part of greedy power for wealth and forgot that Fuqing people were his people.

At the end of the emperor Yong Zheng (1723 -1735) power who moved into the hands of Emperor Qiang Long (1736 - 1795), Fuging was really burning by the desire to rebel against the Manchu government who was regarded as homeland invaders. Drawn by the injustice against the poor, the shaolin monks in Fuqing empathized with the oppressed. They helped the oppressed with their begging rice, even the monk, who mastered kungfu, did not hesitate to rob the rich government officials to help the poor. Therefore, the historic Shaolin Temple was the main enemy for the savage Manchu Government, who only concerned with his own lust.

Inevitably, in the year 1734 government soldiers arrested the men who were considered rebels, destroying the Shaolin temple as monks at the temple accused as agitators and their temple was the breeding place. Not only the soldiers slaughtered the monks, but also they burned the temple. For Fuqing people who were poor and weak, this year was a bad year. However, as a civilized city, Fuqing always sought their rights; always rise strongly against the oppressive Manchu life. After the Shaolin temple was burned, openly revolt occurred. The monks concerned about corruption and unfair treatment to the people. They were insulted by the burning of their temple and in treading Manchu troops.