Jin-Ling Pier

Zhang, Hu   (782? A.D.-852+ A.D.)

I will stay overnight at an inn on a hill beside Jin-Ling Pier.
Naturally I feel unsettled.
The tide ebbs in the dark river under the crescent moon.
Two or three twinkling glimmers are Gua City 1.

1 Gua City is south of modern day Han-Jiang County of Jiangsu Province, opposite to Zhen-Jiang City across the Yangtze River. The Great Canal flows south into the Yangtze River here. Gua City is the place that Zhang will pass by the next day. One would expect that he would use exciting words to describe the place, but instead he uses only lukewarm words. This shows how lonely and unsettled he is.