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World's Outstanding Youths in Beihouzhou
Post Time: 25/08/2017

On the morning of August 14, the Beihouzhou session of the World's Outstanding Youth in Jinhua's Historical Villages was officially inaugurated in the village close to Dongyang. Qiu Jianzhong, vice president of the Jinhua CPPCC; Wang Tianren, member of the Municipal Party Committee and executive deputy mayor; Chen Shaolong, vice president of the Standing Committee of the Municipal People’s Congress; and Wang Yucai, vice-president of the Municipal CPPCC, attended the opening ceremony.

         At the opening ceremony, the event participants were given the chance to appreciate performances of the lion dance, Wu opera, the dragon dance, and bian lian.

         The Indian participant, Sanjena Narayanasamy Damodaran, a student of the School of Environment at Tsinghua University, said that this was the first time that she had assisted in so many delightful traditional Chinese performances at one time although she has spent over a year in China: “My favorite one was Wu Opera, because it sounded like a kind of music from home and reminded me of my hometown.”

         After the opening ceremony, the project participants were taken to experience traditional intangible heritage, including bamboo weaving, Chinese knotting, paper cutting, garment and book-cover sewing, and paper-lantern embroidering. Alison Elizabeth, a participant from the USA, followed the guide of a local master and was able to weave a piece of cloth – one of the favorite activities that day. She commented, “It was a lot of fun!”

         At 7 AM, before the opening ceremony, the participants gathered in Zhaoqing Hall, an edifice dating back over 500 years, to learn and practice traditional martial arts.

         Later in the afternoon, the participants were taken to visit the village and also learned about the history and culture of the territory. In one of the ancient buildings, Derun Hall, they showed sincere interest in the process of making corn and wheat bread, as well as soy milk.

         The 87-year-old Wang Yuxian taught the Bangladeshi Mohammad Shidujaman how to make corn bread step-by-step. Mohammad said that way of making corn bread reminded him of a recipe from his hometown and the way his mother makes a special dough.

         At the millstone, the Nepalese Pralhad Gupta not only immediately learned the basic skills but also offered the soy milk he ground to the master and peers, encouraging everyone: “It is so hard to make it: it must be delicious!”

         Li Yien said that she drank three cups of soy milk and particularly liked the roasted sweet potatoes, so much so that she asked the villagers for the recipe. Li Tiance, a participant from Chongqing, China, liked the corn bread best; he said that it was the most fragrant without any additional ingredients. (By Zhu Kaidi, translated by Marco Lovisetto, edited by Xiamara Hohman)

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