The Mongols occupied China during the Yuan Dynasty. The poet Wang Mian (1287 – 1359) was an artist famed for his paintings of the plum blossoms that flower against the cold, a symbol of endurance and resistance.
Plum Blossoms by Wang Mian
By March the snow is banished by the east wind
The mountains of Hunan are dripping with green
A far-flung flute is heard but no one sees it
Countless falling flowers traversing the wilds
(c) Mary Tang 鄧許文蘭 2017