Looking for Jinhua's roots
At 9:00 a.m. on August 8, the 41 foreign teenagers of Chinese descent attending the Jinhua branch of China's “Root-Seeking Journey” summer camp arrived by bus at the first stop of their cultural tour – the ancient city of Wuzhou. The tour guide explained that the ancient city of Wuzhou was an inner city, and it was the political, cultural and military center of Jinhua's dynasties. The historical and cultural accumulation run deep in the city. That is why it is considered the origin of Jinhua.
At the Paper Cutting Museum, the participants had the chance to see many types of remarkably true-to-life paper cutting. They also cut out a decorative pattern for the 70th anniversary of the founding of the PRC, to celebrate China's birthday.
In the afternoon, they went to Jinhua City Museum and to Yantou Village. In the museum, they got to learn about the history of Jinhua, starting from the mountain culture dating back 10,000 years. In Yantou Village, they got to experience making sachets of perfume and tie-dyeing. Going through the steps of needle threading, filling wormwood and sealing, they managed to make lotus-like sachets. Tie-dyeing is one of the most popular traditional Chinese dyeing techniques. Ordinary white cloths became magically infiltrated by different colors after being entangled, dipped and dried by the campers.
This cultural experience really started from the “roots”, allowing these teenagers of Chinese descent to better understand their Chinese origins, obtain a deeper cultural appreciation of Chinese civilization and cultivate their sense of historical responsibility for spreading knowledge of Chinese civilization overseas. (By Zhao Chongdan, translated by Cecilia Campaner, edited by Mariam Ayad)