Bamboo: Nature's Wonder Plant
  竹:自然界的神奇植物
 
  by Pamela Osment

    The Chinese scholar Su Dongpo (蘇東坡) once wrote‚ "I can eat without meat‚ but I can't live without bamboo." He wasn't alone in his devotion to this unique plant. People in many Asian cultures have praised bamboo for its beauty as well as its usefulness.
  Particularly in Chinese tradition, bamboo has always held a special place of honor. It is said to symbolize integrity and serenity. And, down through the ages, its simple beauty has
inspired artists and writers alike. Poetic writings about the plant date back as far as the third century.

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