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Ji Gong 2017-05-11
Ji Gong is a legendary figure during the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279) and probably the best known monk in China. Born to a military advisor in present Zhejiang Province under the name of Li Xiuyuan, he became a Buddhist monk in Lingyin Temple after both parents died at the age of 18. There he was mentored by the eminent monk Huiyuan and was given the monastic name Daoji. However, for his wild and eccentric behaviours of openly violating the Buddhist monastic rules such as consuming wine and meat, he was later expelled and since then, he have been roamed the street. In spite of his eccentric behaviours, Ji Gong was extremely knowledgeable and benevolent, and was always ready to help others. His story has been widely spread and known by all. After he died in Jingci Temple, he was made a folk hero and a deity in Chinese religion. The legendary figure has been portrayed in many films and TV series and is most commonly seen in tattered and dirty clothes, with a torn fan, sometimes one of his shoes on the one hand, and a bottle of wine on the other.

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Hangzhou’s Nine Landmarks Besides West Lake2017-08-22
Every city has its symbol with Beijing’s symbol being the Great Wall, Shanghai’s being Lujiazhui, Chengdu’s being the steaming-hot hot pot and Hangzhou’s being West Lake. But besides West Lake, there are other nine places that deserve to be symbols of Hangzhou.
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Operas Take Center Stage in Hangzhou2017-08-22
For six years, the Hangzhou Contemporary Theater Festival has presented Hangzhou people with over 100 spectacular performances and 59 classical operas from all over the world. In the process, the festival has evolved into an important platform for international art and culture exchange. In 2017, the Hangzhou Contemporary Theater Festival will show once again its charm in Hangzhou from September 15 to 28.
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