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Contributor: Xinhua News Agency
Tuesday, June 19 2018 - 20:53
AsiaNet
Traditional culture lights up China's Yichang city
YICHANG, China, June 20, 2018 /Xinhua-AsiaNet/--

Yichang, a city in central China's Hubei Province, famed for historic figures, 
largest hydro-power station in the world, pianos and poetry, is now thriving on 
its rich traditional culture.

The state council, China's cabinet, proposed in the 2018 government work report 
in February to advocate excellent traditional culture of Chinese nation and 
build a prosperous cultural society with Chinese characteristics.

Over 150 distinctive activities at grass-root level have since been held in 
Yichang.

Moreover, the city government has invested more than 10 billion yuan (1.6 
billion U.S. dollars) in major cultural infrastructure, including the new city 
museum, urban planning exhibition hall, sports center, science and technology 
museum and activity center for women and children. About 95 percent of villages 
and communities are equipped with standard entertainment square, according to 
Yichang Municipal Government.

An average of over 80 large-scale poetry activities are held every year, with 
100,000 participants from local communities. An estimated over 400,000 
residents participated in various kinds of poetry activities last year in the 
city.

The city is also home to 15 poetry research and creation teams, and 39 poetry 
societies.

In the running-up to China's traditional Dragon Boat Festival, which falls on 
June 18 this year, a grand dragon boat competition was held in Yichang's Zigui 
County, hometown of the ancient Chinese poet Qu Yuan, who lived during 340-278 
BC and wrote The Songs of Chu. 

The competition has been going on in the ancient town for centuries. A worship 
ceremony to commemorate Qu Yuan was held before the race, drawing tens of 
thousands of local audience. 

On the morning of June 15, a man surnamed Qin brought his three-year-old 
grandson to the racing lake. "It's a must-see activity every year for our 
family. Without the dragon boat regatta, the festival can hardly be called one. 
It's also important to let our younger generation feel and learn something 
about Chinese tradition," he said.

The county government of Zigui on June 3 also brought a folk melodrama based on 
Qu Yuan to Beijing and presented citizens in the Chinese capital an original 
cultural feast. 

Folk singing is an art form popular among local residents. Modern lyrics 
advocating the Party's policies and social morals make traditional melodies 
catchy among youngsters.

The Zigui Quyuan art troupe consisted of 23 artists once flew to Canada to 
perform in July 2016. It was the first time for a county-level troupe to attend 
an art festival in a foreign country in the whole province. Yichang is also a 
prolific city in artistic creation and presented various performances on 
provincial and state level channels.

The city has been crowned with more than 400 artistic awards. 

With its cultural name cards welcomed across the country and even the world, 
Yichang is more confident than ever about its cultural identity. 

Source: Yichang Municipal Government

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