Exhibitions to Mark Cultural Heritage Day
To further protect cultural heritages, since 2006, the second Saturday of every June is settled by State Council as China's Cultural Heritage Day and in 2016, the special day falls on June 11. Cultural relics consist of tangible ones and intangible ones. Whatever the category is, both are the important source for us to know about, learn from and reminisce about the history.
Intro: The exhibition features 107 pieces/sets of cultural relics from China’s Liao Dynasty, also known as Khitan Empire which are elaborately selected from Inner Mongolia Museum to take visitors on a discovery trip to explore the mysterious nation – Khitan. The exhibits include over 61 pieces/sets of national level one cultural relics, 32 of level two and three. These relics are of wide variety, including gold and silver wares, jade ware, ceramics and glass ware etc.
Khitan is a significant nation in Chinese history rising up in Saibei Plain (Saibei in ancient times refers to the region north of the Great Wall, i.e. northern China). Khitan Empire, founded by Khitan people, dominates territories both in and out the Great Wall. It creatively applied the policy of “One Country, Two Systems”, helping to boost the development of multi-nation culture, and in doing so, making Saibei one of the political, financial and cultural communication centers in East Asia. Khitan Empire, for a considerable long time, had become the byword for China for its great influence on the whole world.
Khitan people had ruled ancient China for over 200 years and during the time, produced one after another glories, as well as a series of mysteries and then disappeared without trails to track. A thousand years later, it’s through these well-preserved cultural relics that visitors can dig deep into the noted and mysterious nation.
Guangdong Embroidery Art Exhibition
Time: May 27 to July 24, 2016 Venue: 2/F, Hangzhou Arts & Crafts Museum Address: No. 336, Xiaohe Road, Gongshu District (拱墅区小河路336号) Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 09:00 to 16:00
Chinese embroidery is one of the many marvelous traditional techniques having been nurtured in the grand area of China and the most renowned ones are Suzhou embroidery, Guangdong embroidery, Sichuan embroidery and Hunan embroidery. All of them are nominated as Chinese Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Starting from May 27, 2016, Hangzhou Arts & Crafts Museum will cooperate with Guangdong Folk Art Museum to bring visitors a grand art show highlighting Guangdong Embroidery.
Guangdong embroidery is the general term of all embroidery varieties created in Guangdong Area, including Guangzhou Embroidery and Chaozhou Embroidery. It’s said that Guangdong embroidery was created by Li Minority – One of 55 minorities in China. In old times, most of the Guangdong embroiderers were men, which was a rare phenomenon. Guangdong embroidery features complex compositions and bright colors, and most commonly seen themes are phoenix, peony, pine and crane, ape, deer as well as chicken and goose.
On display during the exhibition are clothing, daily necessities, embroidery paintings, sachet, jewel box and etc. ranging from the period of late Qing Dynasty, the Republic of China era to the present day. The exhibition is divided into four sections, respectively devoted to embroidering techniques, Guangzhou embroidery, Chaozhou embroidery and Interactive Area for China Embroidery Art and Education.
During the exhibition, visitors are able to try hands at pearl embroidery and Hangzhou embroidery etc.
The annual time for picking Longjing green tea leaves, one of the top ten renowned teas of China, has begun in Hangzhou and everywhere tea farmers are now busy picking and hand frying the famous leaves. If you wanted to take a sneak peek at how the farmers meticulously pick their verdant leaves from bushes nestled in undulating hills, or if you wanted to sample, at first hand, this year’s Longjing variety, then head to the following three tea villages which are known for their tea, tea culture and tea-related tourist attractions.
Last year on the real waters of the West Lake, and in the evening gala of Hangzhou G20 Summit, the performance “The most memorable is Hangzhou” amazed the world. It was a shame that after such a short period of performing in last October and November, the show paused. But now news is out that starting from May, the updated version of original Impression West Lake, “The most memorable is Hangzhou” will once again show its lakeside charm in becoming one of the most splendid performances on water.