Step into the Southern Song Dynasty Spotlight…
The 2015 Hangzhou Arts Festival commencing on November 25 at the foot of Phoenix Mountain, the place where imperial palaces of the Southern Song Dynasty used to reside, is getting ready to step into the Song Dynasty spotlight.
Rolling out in Southern Song Imperial Street and areas along the foot of Phoenix Mountain, the 2015 Arts Festival will consist of three exhibitions themed on the culture of the Southern Song Dynasty. Witnessing people dressed in replica costumes of the Southern Song Dynasty will take visitors back in time so that they can really experience what life was like some 800 years ago.
What to See
Three exhibitions featuring paintings, ancient coins and porcelain to show the true essence of the Southern Song Dynasty.
Phoenix Mountain is historically the birthplace and gathering place of the ‘Wuyue Culture’ and ‘Southern Song Culture’ and it is through paintings by the southern song artists that one can get an idea of how the natural landscape and daily life took shape during this prosperous period.
Coins, on the other hand, relate to the economy of this unique time and the Minting industry in the Song Dynasty was more prosperous than in any other dynasty. More than one hundred coins are on exhibition, with each one having been carefully selected and arranged according to the year of production. What is also of interest is that from the coins inscriptions we are able to appreciate the calligraphy of past emperors (It was common practice that emperors would write inscriptions on coins).
In the Porcelain Exhibition over 20 Longquan celadon porcelain pieces will be on view. Blessed with a history of over 1600 years, Longquan celadon porcelain distinguishes itself by its elegant shape and peculiar translucent glazed jade-like coating. With its eye-catching green color it is famously known as the ‘green lady’ in the kingdom of porcelain and during the Southern Song Dynasty was also used as a tribute to emperors.
What to Do
Southern Song Dynasty Role Playing, Culture Creative Fair and Experiencing Intangible Cultural Heritage Techniques.
On November 28 actors wearing Southern Song Dynasty costumes can be seen parading the streets and if you also fancy being an emperor or one of his concubines, for the day, then there are a number of costumes available to hire.
The culture creative fair will recreate scenes from the streets of the Southern Song Dynasty where you can see and buy products and also showing their wares and sharing their secrets are the successors of craftsmen and women, whose intricate skills and techniques are now listed as intangible cultural heritages.
Yi Xin Fang (一新坊) and Ping Jia Art Fan (平加扇艺) are also noteworthy places for those wanting to make close contact with skilled crafts listed as intangible cultural heritages. Here you can try your hand at clay modeling, tie dying, printing and fan painting.
Timeline for 2015 Hangzhou Arts Festival
Nov. 25 to Dec. 15
The Opening Ceremony – China Dream ‘Beautiful China, Families of Art’ Joint Exhibition
Venue: Huan Qiu Ya Kui Art Center (环球雅葵艺术中心)
Address: No.23 Siyi Road (四宜路23号)
The Initiation of Art Journey at the Foot of Imperial Palace
Venue: The small square of Feng Huang Yu Yuan Art Base (凤凰御元艺术基地小广场)
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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.