On November 15, academic researchers from Anlu of Hubei, Jiangyou of Sichuan, Ma’anshan of Anhui, Jining of Shandong and other important places with trace of Li Bai gathered in Anlu to witness the first publish of Travel Track of Li Bai – Anlu Volume. This book mainly describes Li Bai’s traveling route and achievements in poetry creation during his stay in Anlu, which is another important achievement of academic research on Li Bai.
According to historical records, Li Bai was born in Suyab of the Western Regions (now Tokmak City, Kyrgyzstan), and settled in Changlong (now Jiangyou City, Sichuan Province) with his family when he was five years old. From 727 to 737 A.D., Li Bai “lived in Anlu for ten years”. After that, he traveled to Yanzhou District in Jining, Shandong Province, Dangtu County in Ma’anshan, Anhui Province and other places.
In 2015, Anlu in Hubei and Jiangyou in Sichuan put down the battle of hometown and jointly initiated the establishment of Cultural Tourism Promotion Alliance of Important Places with Trace of Li Bai, and invited and absorbed Yanzhou District in Jining, Shandong Province, Dangtu County in Ma’anshan, Anhui Province and other places as members. The Alliance aims to share resources, win-win cooperation and seek common development and establishes mechanisms of news publicity and cooperation, cultural tourism promotion and annual meeting activities, and strives to promote Li Bai’s culture and enhance the visibility, reputation and influence of important places with trace of Li Bai.
It is understood that Anlu has the reputation of “Hometown of Li Bai”. Anlu City has held Li Bai Academic Seminar, Li Bai’s Poems Recitation Session and Masterpiece Exhibition of Li Bai Culture all the year round, and has edited and published more than 20 books of academic works about Li Bai, such as Travel Track of Li Bai, Libai and Anlu, and Appreciation of Poetry Created by Li Bai in Anlu.