At the end of February, it was raining heavily all my way to Yixian County. This kind of rain is rare to see in the northern Anhui at the end of winter and it means the country has entered the rainy season ahead of the time. The end of winter has been a continuous rainy period for more than one month, showing the characteristics of the humid monsoon climate in the north subtropical zone.
This is the southern Anhui near the mysterious line of 30 degrees north latitude, to the south of the ridge lies the Yixian Basin and to the north the hilly land.
There are 12 rivers in Yixian County, including Zhangshui, Yushanxi, Jiaxi, Qingxi, Xuanxi, Zhangxi and Chaxi.
“The Lancang River flows southward from Weixi County to Beidian Township of Lanping County
One more kilometer southward, it takes in on the east bank the water from the Tungdian River
Six more kilometers southward, it takes in on the west bank the water from the Deqing River
Four more kilometers southward, it takes in on the east bank the water from the Kezhuo River
Three more kilometers southward, it takes in on the east bank the water from the Zhongpai River
Three more kilometers southward, it takes in on the west bank the water from the Muguayi River...”
Like the description of the Lancang River by Lei Pingyang, the 12 rivers in Yixian County also have their own specific names and different routes. People who record those also incorporate their nostalgia into the geography of the river system.
Situated at the foot of a hill and beside a stream, Yixian’s Xidi(posts going westward) is named after the ancient post office and the three streams flowing westward by the village.
The national Tachuan (stream pagoda) Forest Park has dozens of ancient Hui-style dwellings on the mountain slope, making itself like a huge pagoda, through which a stream flows, so came the name.
Some places share the same name with rivers, like Kaochuan, Tongchuan, Meixi, and Fengxi.
Some are named according to the direction of water flow, such as Shangzhai（upper hamlet, Zhongzhai (mid hamlet) and Xiazhai(lower hamlet) of Hongxing Village, and Yuantou (fountainhead) Village and Banyuan (semi-fountainhead) Village.
This county has abundant rainfall, with the annual precipitation of 1,686 millimeters, and the average annual temperature is 15.8 degrees Celsius.
The rain has washed the rural roads clean, disclosing the paths of forefathers.