In July 1980, the scenic area of Mount Emei was lush with trees, with tourists looming under the shade of the forest.
An elderly man in his seventies is hale and hearty, and he follows a few of his peers along the way, stopping to talk from time to time.
After the trek, the group went deeper into the scenic area of Mount Emei. The steep rocks added to the difficulty of climbing for the climbers, in addition to a heavy rain the night before, making the road muddy and difficult to navigate.
Sweat slowly seeped from the corners of the elder's forehead, but he remained interested, examining the grass, trees and rocks around him.
The rugged mountain road gradually became open and the group headed towards the famous White Dragon Cave (also known as White Dragon Temple) on Mount Emei.
Although the temple is built in the middle of a mountain, the incense is flourishing and visitors come to the temple to pray for blessings.
An old woman who was praying for blessings inadvertently glimpsed the figure of the elder climbing forward, her emotions became excited and a sentence came out: "You old man is the living Bodhisattva!"
It turned out that the elder was none other than Deng Xiaoping.
Why were the elders who visited the mountain called "Living Bodhisattva" by the old lady?
The trip to Emei Mountain started in the summer of 1980.
Returning to his hometown, Deng Xiaoping visited Sichuan with the people in mind
Sichuan Province, the hometown of Deng Xiaoping.
Born in Guang'an City, Sichuan Province, Deng Xiaoping was educated in a private school in his hometown when he was young, went to Europe to study at an early age, and returned to China after completing his studies to join the revolutionary struggle for national salvation and survival.
After the founding of New China, Deng Xiaoping successfully led our country to the road of reform and opening up to wealth and power. After the success of the revolutionary cause, Deng Xiaoping, who had devoted himself to the future of his country, did not forget his hometown.
Concerned about people's livelihood, he personally visited various parts of the motherland. From June 30 to July 23, 1980, Deng Xiaoping visited Shaanxi, Sichuan, Henan and other places, stepping through mountains and waters and offering a series of guidelines.
Deng Xiaoping, who had been running around for the motherland for many years, returned to his hometown of Sichuan in 1980, accompanied by Tan Qilong, the first secretary of the Sichuan Provincial Party Committee, and started a trip to Mount Emei.
Emei Mountain is a famous mountain in China, located in the southwest of Emei City, Sichuan Province, and for this famous mountain in his hometown, Deng Xiaoping once pointed out that "Emei Mountain is a treasure house of Buddhist culture and is extremely valuable for tourism development."
The magnificent scenery of Mount Emei was famous, and Deng Xiaoping also affirmed the tourism value of Mount Emei, and he was concerned about the development of tourism in Mount Emei and loved the landscape of his hometown.
In July 1980, the staff of Emei Mountain Scenic Area got a surprising news that a leading comrade of the Central Government would visit the mountain, and he was Deng Xiaoping.
Tian Jiale, former Director of the Local Records Office of Emeishan City, Sichuan Province, also received a message from Liu Jizhi, Deputy Secretary of the Leshan District Committee of the Communist Party of China, who was in charge of the scenic area of Emeishan, on July 4, 1980, and received the task of accompanying the leaders of the Central Government to the mountain.
In order to greet Deng Xiaoping, Tian Jiale and others packed the conference room in advance to prepare for Deng Xiaoping's arrival, and went to Emeishan Railway Station before July 5 of the same year with the Central Security Bureau to greet Deng Xiaoping.
At noon that day, the Emei Railway Station came Deng Xiaoping's special train, when the familiar figure appeared at the door of the special train, the waiting crowd "boiling" up.
Deng Xiaoping greeted the greeters cordially and also smiled as he refused the requests of the receptionists for a short break and decided to go straight up the mountain.
Also climbing Mount Emei were Deng Xiaoping's relatives, his wife Zhuo Lin and daughter Deng Nan, accompanied by Tan Qilong, then the first secretary of the CPC Sichuan Provincial Committee.
Coincidentally, the day before Emeishan City, it rained heavily, although the air was much fresher after the rain, the rain "washed away" the dust in the air, but the heavy rain made the original rugged mountain roads become muddy and difficult to travel.
Deng Xiaoping did not cancel the trip to Emei Mountain because of the poor road conditions, because mountain climbing is a physical and will training, he decided to meet the difficulties.
In fact, before climbing Mount Emei, Deng Xiaoping had already climbed Mount Huangshan, Mount Laoshan and other domestic mountains, leaving the footprints in the high mountains, Deng Xiaoping also put forward some important ideas to enlighten people.
Take Huangshan Mountain as an example, in July 1979, Deng Xiaoping went to Anhui and other places for inspection and rest, during which he gladly climbed Huangshan Mountain and visited Huangshan Taoyuan Pavilion and other attractions.
Facing the lofty mountains, Deng Xiaoping gave the crowd a pep talk: "The gas can be drummed not let out, we must go up, we can definitely go up."
The lofty Yellow Mountain did not wear out Deng Xiaoping's will. With perseverance and physical fitness, Deng Xiaoping climbed Shixin Peak, which is over 1600 meters above sea level.
When Deng Xiaoping climbed Shixin Peak, it coincided with the filming of a movie by Hong Kong Great Wall Film Company at Shixin Peak, and Deng Xiaoping left a precious photo with the actors.
After descending from the mountain, Deng Xiaoping listened to the report of Anhui Provincial Committee and other agencies. He was far-sighted and saw a good future for tourism in Huangshan, giving guidance for service quality and protection of mountains and forests.
It is worth mentioning that in the process of climbing Mount Huangshan, Deng Xiaoping also proposed a "special" rule, one does not publicize his arrival, the other does not hinder the masses climbing, always take into account the people.
When climbing Mount Emei, Deng Xiaoping also upholds this "low-key" style, came to Sichuan by special train, he changed to an ordinary van in order to climb Mount Emei, neither the police car in front of the car to open the road, nor arrange for a convoy to follow.
Heavy rain to climbing increased the difficulty, carrying Deng Xiaoping's vehicle toward the end of the scenic highway double water well, en route Deng Xiaoping met several college students from the Sichuan Forestry College.
Deng Xiaoping kindly asked the young people whether they were accustomed to the hard life in the mountains, and the prosperous city, compared to the mountainous areas with poor transportation and relatively inadequate infrastructure, the conditions were tougher than those in the city.
These energetic young people are not only not afraid of difficulties, but also have a burning ambition to live in the mountains, and are determined to do research in the mountains for the rest of their lives.
After hearing the young people's aspirations, Deng Xiaoping praised their attitude and also spoke encouraging words to the young people: "Nature is a book that can never be finished."
After the vehicle drove along the pan mountain road to Shuangshuijing, the group still had to walk about 10 kilometers to reach the main peak of the Golden Peak.
Because of the heavy rain, the road is muddy, coupled with the high altitude of the Golden Peak, the younger Deng Nan and his party continued to climb towards the Golden Peak, while Deng Xiaoping in the crowd persuaded not to climb the top.
In the conversation with the crowd, Deng Xiaoping heard that the highest peak of Mount Emei exceeded 3,000 meters, more than 1,200 meters higher than the highest point of Mount Huangshan, still has the energy of defiance, he crossed his arms and said with a smile, "Come back in three years, I must climb the Golden Peak!"
Deng Xiaoping inspected the "Emei Mountain Scenic Area Master Plan" in Shuangshuijing, and was briefed on the planning of the Emei Mountain Scenic Area.
When the reporter talked about the issue of "returning farmland to forest", Deng Xiaoping raised a question about "returning forest" and asked the reporter what kind of forest was left.
When he heard that the answer was "local fir, cypress, Sedum ...... evergreen trees mixed into forests", Deng Xiaoping pointed out that afforestation should also pay attention to the perfection of color, "the mountains and forests are like people's dress".
Deng Xiaoping and his party, who had changed their plans, returned to the village of Jingshui with the car and decided to visit the splendid scenery of Mount Emei. To get to Wannian Temple, they needed to get off the bus and walk, and the group got off the bus and hiked up to Wannian Temple on Mount Emei on July 5 of the same year, and rested at Wannian Temple at night.
That evening, the Emei Mountain Administration prepared a simple but characteristic dinner for Deng Xiaoping and his entourage, tasting food with local flavor in the historic ancient temple, and Deng Xiaoping remained unpretentious.
The table bitter asparagus pickle soup and other gourmet food to the delight of people, emitting a rich aroma, Deng Xiaoping reluctant to wait staff to provide more meals, and quickly said, "four dishes and one soup good, what no longer want."
After lunch, it was getting late and the golden afterglow reflecting on the buildings of Wannian Temple was fading, Emei Mountain slowly fell into silence, but the trip to Emei Mountain did not stop.
Early morning departure, Deng Xiaoping met the old lady in the mountains
The next morning, after a night of rest and recuperation, Deng Xiaoping and his party's energy has been restored, Deng Xiaoping, who was not able to visit Wannian Temple carefully yesterday, visited Wannian Temple after breakfast.
After looking at the Ming Yue Pond, the "First Mountain" monument and other attractions, Deng Xiaoping and others left the Wannian Temple and continued on their tour.
The unique natural conditions of Mount Emei provide a good environment for the growth of various medicinal plants. There is no shortage of herbalists selling special herbs from Mount Emei in the scenic area, and they set up medicine stalls on which they display numerous herbs such as asparagus and Huanglian.
Halfway through the tour, Deng Xiaoping and others came across a medicine stall selling medicine, a wide range of herbs attracted Deng Xiaoping's attention.
Seeing the very interested Deng Xiaoping, the medicine farmer selling medicine to Deng Xiaoping introduced the names of various medicines, medicinal properties and other content, Deng Xiaoping listened with great interest.
He communicated cordially with the medicine farmers, listened carefully to their introduction, and gained a deeper understanding of the plants in the scenic area of Emei Mountain.
After listening to the explanation, Deng Xiaoping learned that there are more than 3,200 kinds of higher plants and about 1,700 kinds of medicinal plants in the scenic area of Mount Emei, and he couldn't help but praise Mount Emei as "a treasure house".
Emei Mountain not only towers over a variety of humanistic landscapes, showing the architectural ability and aesthetic standards of ancient and modern people, but also "houses" forests, trees, mountains and rocks, reflecting the charm and value of the natural landscape.
Emei Mountain scenic area Wannian Temple and other attractions and a large number of medicinal herbs, one after another to Deng Xiaoping brought a surprise, a different "encounter" also happened in this trip to Emei Mountain.
In the middle of summer, the grass and trees are lush, the branches and leaves are lush and vibrant, and the mountains are alive with the sound of the springs hitting the rocks, making Mount Emei vibrant during the day.
The beautiful scenery attracted many visitors, and the attraction "Ancient Merit Forest" was bustling with pedestrians, Deng Xiaoping and others walked through the old mountain road towards another attraction, the White Dragon Cave.
Bailong Cave is also known as Bailong Temple. The site has visitors praying for blessings, and some of the people praying for blessings meditated all the way up the hiking path.
In the process of climbing, to the road encountered the old folks, travelers, Deng Xiaoping have a cordial attitude, his native voice does not change, with a strong native voice and the masses of mountain travelers talk.
Deng Xiaoping, who was dressed plainly and had a kind face, met an old lady on the hiking trail.
The old lady was praying for blessings and inadvertently saw Deng Xiaoping and could not help but exclaim to him, "You, old man, are the living Bodhisattva!"
Deng Xiaoping kindly took the old woman's hands and asked the old man about her age, the old woman smiled and replied with joy: "I am 76 years old this year!"
Deng Xiaoping listened to the old lady's answer and happily responded to her: "We are still 'old geng' yet, are we having a good time?"
"Lao geng" is a dialect of Sichuan and other places, meaning people of the same age, often used as an affectionate name between people of the same age, Deng Xiaoping used "Lao geng" again to close the distance with the people.
Hearing the question raised by Deng Xiaoping, the old lady was even more joyful, and she gladly replied, "Better than before, the policy is good now, big work, big hair, small work, small hair, which is not open to work?"
Under the influence of good policies, the hardworking people have changed their lives with their efforts and hard work to lead a better life.
Hearing the old lady's answer, Deng Xiaoping is also very happy, he nodded his head repeatedly, the mouth kept saying: "Good, good, good ......", hearing the people have a good day, Deng Xiaoping from the bottom of his heart happy.
On his way to visit the scenic spots of Emei Mountain, he not only viewed the famous places of Emei Mountain, but also paid attention to the people moving around him, greeting tourists warmly and sending cordial inquiries to local farmers.
The people's livelihood was put in an important position by him, and he treated the people he "met" on his trip to Emeishan with kindness and goodwill.
Through the refinement of the years and the sculpting of nature, Emei Mountain nurtures a great number of plants that exude vitality in the summer season. While visitors to the Emei Mountain scenic area enjoy the picturesque scenery and are enthralled by the layers of greenery and the strange rocks and peaks, Deng Xiaoping is concerned about people's livelihood and asks about the living conditions of the masses during his visit.
Not only that, Deng Xiaoping also carefully inspected the attractions, resources and landforms of Mount Emei, feeling the different charms of humanistic and natural landscapes, and the long-term historical accumulation, giving the scenic area of Mount Emei a strong humanistic value, for the planning of the scenic area of Mount Emei, Deng Xiaoping said.
"It is necessary to plan well, develop rationally and develop comprehensively. To strengthen management. To do things with the spirit of more than climbing!"
Close to the people, Deng Xiaoping boarding Emei Mountain does not pose "official frame"
Just as Deng Xiaoping treated the old lady in a cordial manner, Deng Xiaoping upholds the belief of being close to the people and successfully completed the trip to Emei Mountain.
Before the visit to Mount Emei, Deng Xiaoping had already talked to Tan Qilong and the reception staff, saying that he was on the mountain this time, not to be able to affect the local work, not allowed to close the mountain, so as not to prevent tourists from visiting the mountain.
To Deng Xiaoping, he himself is also a tourist, wandering in the mountainous splendor of Emei Mountain, like other tourists, is visiting and resting, so they should not interfere with each other and should not interrupt the travel plans of other tourists.
Because Deng Xiaoping does not put on an "official stance", close to the people, in order to talk to the local people of various professions, for different identities of the masses, Deng Xiaoping had different talks.
Facing the university students studying in the mountains, Deng Xiaoping encouraged them not to be afraid of hardship, not afraid of the striving energy. Facing the old lady whom he met on the road, Deng Xiaoping asked her age and living condition, and was happy for her better and better life.
After staying in Wannian Temple, Deng Xiaoping also cared about the food and accommodation of other tourists, because there are many tourists in the scenic area of Emei Mountain, Deng Xiaoping was worried about his own tour, affecting the food and accommodation of other tourists.
In the knowledge that more than 300 tourists to eat and live without worry, Deng Xiaoping just put down the hanging heart, in Wannian Temple at ease to stay.
Many of his talks in Emei Mountain scenic area, are related to the scenic tourists tour, the life of the masses, in the tour, Deng Xiaoping also maintained a style of concern for the masses, the interests of the masses on the important position.
A conversation on the way to the mountain, reflecting Deng Xiaoping's care for the masses and the perception of "equality" in his heart, as a national leader, he did not distance himself from the masses, using the power in his hands to seek "privileges", but saw himself as an ordinary tourist.
To the people, Deng Xiaoping was a deservedly good leader. From December 18 to 22, 1978, Deng Xiaoping convened the Third Plenary Session of the Eleventh Central Committee of the Party, which made the important decision of implementing reform and opening up.
Deng Xiaoping and other national leaders defied hardships and led the people out of trouble and into prosperity.
After the economic conditions improved, the ordinary people were able to satisfy their basic desires for food, clothing and shelter, and were able to earn a happy life through hard work and live a better life under the leadership of their leaders.
Many people pray to the Bodhisattva for their family's health, prosperity and stability, and since the reform and opening up, the people's living conditions have improved significantly, which is the reason why the oldest woman respects Deng Xiaoping and calls him "the living Bodhisattva".
Deng Xiaoping in the face of the old lady's name, still no frame, he took the hands of the old lady, and she talked about age, life situation.
During the tour of Emei Mountain scenic area, Deng Xiaoping not only showed his strong spirit of defying hardship and daring to challenge nature, but also was always concerned about people's livelihood.
During the tour, Sichuan leaders accompanying Deng Xiaoping mentioned the living conditions of the farmers in the mountainous areas, and Deng Xiaoping emphasized that "the farmers in the mountainous areas live in scattered places and live in great hardship; policies should be relaxed to make the mountainous areas rich as soon as possible."
The conditions in the mountains are relatively difficult, Deng Xiaoping traveled through the mountains and rivers of the motherland and knew the difficulties of the farmers in the mountains and wanted to make the mountains rich as soon as possible.
After enjoying the magnificent scenery of Mount Emei, Deng Xiaoping saw the value of the scenic area of Mount Emei in the humanistic and natural landscape, calling it not only "a treasure house" but also a "cultural scenic area".
When discussing the planning situation of Emei Mountain, Deng Xiaoping affirmed the action of returning farmland to forest in the scenic area, but also stressed the need to "strengthen protection".
Deng Xiaoping pointed out that Emei Mountain should be "well protected" because the destruction of trees in the mountain area would increase the possibility of soil erosion, which would not only damage the mountain environment but also create a safety hazard for the people.
For the issue of getting rich in mountainous areas, the rich medicinal plant resources of Emei Mountain and the beautiful scenery of the scenic area can generate economic benefits for Emei Mountain, and Deng Xiaoping proposed to relax the policy and develop the scenic area of Emei Mountain in a reasonable and comprehensive manner, which pointed out the direction for the development of Emei Mountain.
The same as the tour of Mount Huangshan, Deng Xiaoping's talk during the tour of Mount Emei also reflected his long-term vision of tourism and his strong quality of defying hardship.
He encouraged Huangshan "to be a little ambitious, to play the brand of Huangshan", and he asked Emeishan "to do things with the spirit of more than climbing".
His teachings were close to reality, a reflection of his spirit of seeking truth from facts. He visited famous mountains and rivers, measured the mountains and rivers of the motherland with his own footsteps, witnessed the famous sights and scenery everywhere, and guided the people everywhere to pursue a better future.
Deng Xiaoping once affectionately said, "I am the son of the Chinese people," and as he said, he always identified himself with this identity, seeking development for the country and happiness for the people.
The trip to Mount Emei was short, but it left a lot of precious memories.
As a national leader, Deng Xiaoping guardian of the country and the people, for the country's wealth and strength, people's happiness to give all, for the work of running around busy, even a short break in the scenic spot, but also do not forget to pay attention to people's livelihood and development of the scenic spot.
In his trip to Huangshan and Emeishan, he did not put up an "official stance", treating himself as an ordinary tourist, mingling with the masses, closing the distance with the masses, and understanding the life of the masses through conversation.
The old lady's "living Bodhisattva" address to Deng Xiaoping corresponds to Deng Xiaoping's excellent work results, which is the true feelings buried in the hearts of the people.
On February 19, 1997, Deng Xiaoping, who had fought for the country and the people all his life, died in Beijing at the age of 93.
The great man has passed away, the spirit lives on, Deng Xiaoping's unremitting struggle for the country and the people is still vivid in the eyes, the trip to Mount Emei in July 1980, leaving many precious pictures, recording the footprints of Deng Xiaoping.
Under the leadership of Deng Xiaoping and other leaders, the motherland has become rich and strong step by step, and is still moving steadily towards a more glorious future.