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Cultural Journey in Jinhua
Post Time: 03/08/2018


The Jinhua Homestay Project for students from Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan has completed half of its itinerary. The students have tasted local delicacies, felt the cool breeze in the Double Dragon Caves, enjoyed the beauty of the countryside, and most importantly, experienced the diverse cultures in Jinhua.

Zhu Yuanzhang, deputy dean of the Zhejiang Wu Opera Academy, performed an episode of Wu Opera for the students. The wonderful performance charmed everyone immediately. In the afternoon, painter and folk scholar Shi Chenguang elaborated on the changes of culture in Jinhua and discussed the landscape paintings of Jinhua so that everyone could gain a better understanding of the origins of Jinhua.

After listening to the lecture by Shi, Meng Jingwen, a doctoral student from the City University of Macau, gave a landscape painting to him as a gift. It is a representative piece by her mentor, Professor Sun Jiangtao, who is the director of the Art Education Research Center of the City University of Macau. “I hope this gift can strengthen the cultural link between Macau and the mainland, especially the landscape painting culture of Jinhua and Macau,” said Meng.

In addition, the students also visited the Old City. In the Old City there lies a small road famous for its wine-making Jiufang Lane. The Memorial Hall of Taiwan Volunteers is located at No. 84 Jiufang Lane. After visiting the memorial hall, Shi Yi from the National Cheng Kung University in Tainan, Taiwan, was very excited. “Not much information about those volunteers was available in my history classes. Luckily, I got the chance to learn more about them now,” said Shi.

The name Wong Tai Sin is widely known in Hong Kong. There is a subway station in Hong Kong called Wong Tai Sin, with a Wong Tai Sin Temple nearby. Every day, many visitors visit the temple. Lin Zhiqiang, a postgraduate student at the University of Hong Kong, felt exhilarated the moment he stepped into the Wong Tai Sin Temple in Jinhua: it is the origin of the entire Wong Tai Sin culture.

The Wong Tai Sin culture begins with a hermit by the same name born in Jinhua, and his stories spread to Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan. It is a link not only between Jinhua and the world, but also between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait. (Translated by Li Ziyi, edited by Kendra Fiddler)


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