Shi­jing­shan’s True Au­tumn Colours

Trans­lated by Wang Hui­hui Edited by Mark Zuiderveld

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Dur­ing this year’s Na­tional Day hol­i­day, Shi­jing­shan Dis­trict made full use of its scenery, his­toric sites and en­ter­tain­ment venues to en­hance lo­cal tourism.

This year’s Mid-au­tumn Fes­ti­val (Oc­to­ber 4) hol­i­day and the Na­tional Day (Oc­to­ber 1) hol­i­day over­lapped, ush­er­ing in an eight- day hol­i­day (Oc­to­ber 1– 8), the long­est for 2017. Dur­ing the golden week of Na­tional Day with clear skies and idyl­lic cli­mate, Shi­jing­shan Dis­trict made full use of its scenery, his­tor­i­cal sites and en­ter­tain­ment venues to pro­vide the pub­lic with re­cre­ation while en­hanc­ing its re­gional tourism.

Badachu Park

Dur­ing the golden week this year, the 4th West­ern Hills Badachu Cul­tural Fes­ti­val was held at Badachu Park. It took ad­van­tage of the West­ern Hills Cul­tural Belt, strove to pro­mote cul­tures of the Chi­nese na­tion and West­ern Hills, aimed to en­hance Badachu Park’s brand im­age, and met cul­tural needs of the masses, pro­vid­ing an au­then­tic feast of na­tional cul­ture for both Bei­jingers and visi­tors of the cap­i­tal.

In­tan­gi­ble cul­tural her­itage is the essence of na­tional cul­ture, which can be found through­out Chi­nese civil­i­sa­tion and his­tory, like shiny pearls scat­tered all over the coun­try. China’s in­tan­gi­ble cul­tural her­itage has be­come a sym­bol of na­tional spirit and cul­ture, even a source of cul­tural con­fi­dence. Dur­ing the 4th West­ern Hills Badachu Cul­tural Fes­ti­val, 17 in­tan­gi­ble cul­tural her­itage projects of var­i­ous eth­nic groups were dis­played at Badachu Park, at­tract­ing visi­tors to get a

closer cul­tural look at a tra­di­tional China and the West­ern Hills.

Ten prac­ti­tion­ers of in­tan­gi­ble cul­tural her­itage gave live per­for­mances at the Li­uxi Shan­fang Square in Badachu Park. In­her­i­tors of the 17 in­tan­gi­ble cul­tural her­itage projects also gave won­der­ful live per­for­mances, help­ing visi­tors feel the charm of na­tional mu­sic, dance, cos­tume and hand­craft. In­ter­ac­tion be­tween masters and visi­tors not gave a full re­veal­ing em­bod­i­ment of in­tan­gi­ble cul­tural her­itage, but also aroused in­ter­est in pro­tect­ing in­tan­gi­ble cul­tural her­itage.

The fes­ti­val had two sec­tions— per­for­mance and bazaar. Ac­cord­ing to the in­tan­gi­ble cul­tural her­itage items, sev­eral per­for­mances, dis­plays and ex­pe­ri­ence ac­tiv­i­ties show­cased the charm of na­tional mu­sic, dance, cos­tume and hand­craft. To ac­tively carry out the na­tional Belt and Road cul­tural de­vel­op­ment ac­tion plan, diplo­matic en­voys of coun­tries along the Belt and Road at­tended the events, en­hanc­ing the in­ter­na­tional in­flu­ence of tra­di­tional Chi­nese cul­ture rep­re­sented by in­tan­gi­ble cul­tural her­itage. The na­tional cul­tural and cre­ative Lezai Bazaar dis­played dis­tinct cul­tural tourism des­ti­na­tions and cul­tural and cre­ative prod­ucts with Chi­nese char­ac­ter­is­tics, demon­strat­ing a har­mo­nious in­te­gra­tion of Bud­dhist cul­ture along­side Chi­nese na­tional cul­ture.

To cel­e­brate the 68th birth­day of the Peo­ple’s Re­pub­lic of China, a large fab­ric was ar­ranged on Hufeng Hill with Chi­nese char­ac­ters Zu Guo Hao (great moth­er­land) on it, show­ing great bless­ings. As a high­light of the fes­ti­val, the fab­ric- filled land­scape show­cased China’s glory silently on the hill. On Na­tional Day, “Great Moth­er­land” themed per­for­mances were staged. Fa­mous per­form­ers gave two folk art per­for­mances each day dur­ing the fes­ti­val, in­clud­ing comic crosstalk and talk show.

Artists from the China Cal­lig­ra­phers As­so­ci­a­tion and the China Artists As­so­ci­a­tion gath­ered in Badachu Park dur­ing the fes­ti­val to do cal­lig­ra­phy and paint, car­ry­ing out artis­tic ex­changes. Lec­tures on an­cient Chi­nese civil­i­sa­tion were open to the pub­lic at Ling­guang Tem­ple, at­tract­ing niche crowds. The scrip­ture tran­scrip­tion ac­tiv­ity held at Dabei Tem­ple made the site a vi­brant cen­tre of cul­ture. The virtue and fil­ial piety themed ex­hi­bi­tion, award-win­ning moun­tain climb­ing and many other ac­tiv­i­ties re­gard­ing care were held at Zheng­guo Tem­ple and ap­pre­ci­ated by visi­tors. The “Lofty Moun­tains and Flow­ing Wa­ter” folk mu­sic con­cert was held in scenic Jingyin Val­ley, sur­rounded by its lush land­scape of moun­tains and rivers. Ca­ble cars for sight­see­ing were free to se­nior cit­i­zens over 65 years of age.

Shi­jing­shan Amuse­ment Park

To bet­ter en­rich Bei­jing’s cul­tural life, Shi­jing­shan Amuse­ment Park held a themed fes­ti­val for visi­tors dur­ing the hol­i­day with five dis­tinct ar­eas—the First China In­ter­na­tional Cui­sine De­vel­op­ment Con­fer­ence, the 2017 Bei­jing In­ter­na­tional Cui­sine Fes­ti­val (the 13th In­ter­na­tional West­ern Food Cul­ture Fes­ti­val), En­joy­ing the Clas­sic Car­ni­val, “Pur­su­ing Dreams along the Belt and Road” Float, and the 19th Bei­jing In­ter­na­tional Tourism Fes­ti­val Par­al­lel Tour.

Oc­to­ber’s pleas­ant cli­mate so far has be­come suit­able for travel. Dur­ing the Na­tional Day hol­i­day, many at­trac­tions of Shi­jing­shan Amuse­ment Park were open to the pub­lic, in­clud­ing roller coaster, Tidal Wave, merry- go-round, drift­ing boat, 7D ex­pe­ri­ence zone, bumper car, Swing­ing Pen­du­lum and Pi­rate Ship. Fifty clas­sic at­trac­tions drew throngs of visi­tors.

As a sig­na­ture at­trac­tion of Shi­jing­shan Amuse­ment Park, the float pa­rade has al­ways been favoured by visi­tors. Floats in this year’s au­tumn pa­rade were themed on mu­sic, Cin­derella, a bub­ble car, clown, Aries and five other floats adopt­ing a re­gional style. In the mean­time, pro­fes­sional per­form­ers from coun­tries along the Belt and Road gave ex­otic per­for­mances. Visi­tors got to ex­pe­ri­ence pop­u­lar cul­ture by get­ting in­volved in those ac­tiv­i­ties, en­wrapped in a crisp and fes­tive au­tumn.

The 1st China In­ter­na­tional Cui­sine De­vel­op­ment Con­fer­ence was held at Shi­jing­shan Amuse­ment Park, coor­gan­ised by Chi­nese Cui­sine As­so­ci­a­tion, Chi­nese Cui­sine As­so­ci­a­tion In­ter­na­tional Food Com­mis­sion, Bei­jing West­ern Food As­so­ci­a­tion and Bei­jing Shi­jing­shan Amuse­ment Park. The event pre­sented Euro­pean cui­sine, Latin Amer­i­can cui­sine, South­east Asian cui­sine, Ja­panese cui­sine, Korean cui­sine, cof­fee, bak­ing, pizza and tep­pa­nyaki. At the same time, cuisinere­lated events were held, in­clud­ing Bou­tique Ho­tel Sup­plies Ex­hi­bi­tion, Fine Food Ma­te­rial Ex­hi­bi­tion, the 2nd China Fancy Tep­pa­nyaki Com­pe­ti­tion, the 1st In­ter­na­tional Ja­panese Cui­sine Masters Com­pe­ti­tion, China In­ter­na­tional Cui­sine and Big Data De­vel­op­ment Re­port, China In­ter­na­tional Cui­sine De­vel­op­ment Fo­rum, In­ter­na­tional Cui­sine Top 100 Se­lec­tion in Ten Ar­eas, China In­ter­na­tional Cui­sine Out­stand­ing En­tre­pre­neur Se­lec­tion, and China In­ter­na­tional Cui­sine Young Elite Se­lec­tion.

Or­gan­ised by the Bei­jing Mu­nic­i­pal Com­mis­sion of Com­merce, Bei­jing West­ern Food As­so­ci­a­tion and Bei­jing Shi­jing­shan Amuse­ment Park, the 2017 Bei­jing In­ter­na­tional Cui­sine Fes­ti­val (the 13th In­ter­na­tional West­ern Food Cul­ture Fes­ti­val) co­op­er­ated with many well-known cater­ing en­ter­prises to cre­ate a cui­sine car­ni­val, with the theme of “The World Comes to China, and Bei­jing Presents the World.” Starry night dough­nuts, Thai curry fish, pot­ted ice cream, choco­late foun­tain, San Daniele ham, Span­ish paella, wa­ter drop cake, brewed beer and more than 20 kinds of food were too much to take in.

The 19th Bei­jing In­ter­na­tional Tourism Fes­ti­val Par­al­lel Tour was also held in Bei­jing Shi­jing­shan Amuse­ment Park, with the theme of “The Belt and Road Con­nects the World, and Tour in Bei­jing Hap­pily.” It was spon­sored by China Na­tional Tourism Ad­min­is­tra­tion, Bei­jing Mu­nic­i­pal Gov­ern­ment and Bei­jing Mu­nic­i­pal Com­mis­sion of Tourism De­vel­op­ment. Ger­many, the UK, Egypt, Poland, Chile, Colom­bia and other coun­tries show­cased their cul­tures and art, strength­en­ing peo­ple-to-peo­ple ex­changes, pro­vid­ing ac­tiv­i­ties and per­for­mances for au­di­ences.

Bei­jing In­ter­na­tional Sculp­ture Park

Dur­ing the Na­tional Day hol­i­day, the 5th In­tan­gi­ble Cul­tural Car­ni­val was

held at Bei­jing In­ter­na­tional Sculp­ture Park. The car­ni­val has now be­come an in­flu­en­tial and high- end cul­tural ac­tiv­ity in Shi­jing­shan Dis­trict since the first one in 2013. The In­tan­gi­ble Cul­tural Car­ni­val aims to build a plat­form to pro­mote in­te­gra­tion be­tween in­tan­gi­ble cul­ture and re­lated in­dus­tries. It plays an ac­tive role in shift­ing Bei­jing’s func­tions un­re­lated to its role as na­tional cap­i­tal and build­ing a high­end cul­tural com­mu­nity in Shi­jing­shan Dis­trict. In re­cent years, the In­tan­gi­ble Cul­tural Car­ni­val has al­ways com­mit­ted to creat­ing an ar­ray of in­ter­ac­tive ac­tiv­i­ties with op­por­tu­ni­ties for the in­dus­try, while con­tin­u­ing to make full use of in­tan­gi­ble cul­tural her­itage projects, en­rich ma­te­rial car­ri­ers, and form a model that serves in­no­va­tion and de­vel­op­ment of Shi­jing­shan’s cul­tural in­dus­try.

The 5th In­tan­gi­ble Cul­tural Car­ni­val in­cluded a paint­ing and cal­lig­ra­phy ex­hi­bi­tion to cel­e­brate the 19th Com­mu­nist Party of China (CPC) Na­tional Congress, pro­fes­sional lec­tures, and in­tan­gi­ble cul­tural her­itage ex­pe­ri­ence ac­tiv­i­ties. Dif­fer­ent from pre­vi­ous car­ni­vals, the 5th In­tan­gi­ble Cul­tural Car­ni­val adopted aug­mented re­al­ity (AR) tech­nol­ogy to in­te­grate both tra­di­tional and mod­ern as­pects, at­tract­ing many young visi­tors.

The 5th In­tan­gi­ble Cul­tural Car­ni­val gave Bei­jingers and visi­tors some high­lights. The cal­lig­ra­phy and paint­ing ex­hi­bi­tion dis­played the works of 101 fa­mous cal­lig­ra­phers and pain­ters, and even in­vited some cal­lig­ra­phers to do cal­lig­ra­phy on site so that visi­tors could feel the rich cul­ture of cal­lig­ra­phy and paint­ing, and jointly cel­e­brate the up­com­ing 19th CPC Na­tional Congress then. Some ex­pe­ri­ence ac­tiv­i­ties ap­plied AR tech­nol­ogy in in­tan­gi­ble cul­tural her­itage dis­play, in­te­grat­ing tra­di­tional cul­ture and ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy. The or­gan­iser also de­vel­oped an app for the car­ni­val and launched par­ent- child ac­tiv­i­ties, al­low­ing those cu­ri­ous to know more and ex­pe­ri­ence AR tech­nol­ogy. Xiyuan Shuixie Bei­jing Ar­chi­tec­ture Art and Cul­ture Creativ­ity Cen­tre launched a girder themed an­cient ar­chi­tec­ture ex­hi­bi­tion at the car­ni­val, de­tail­ing the con­tri­bu­tions many mod­ern ar­chi­tects.

This year’s In­tan­gi­ble Cul­tural Car­ni­val also had an ex­hi­bi­tion area for tea cul­ture, dis­play­ing a va­ri­ety of tea leaves, such as Da­hong­pao, Pu’er, white tea and jas­mine tea, as well as giv­ing lec­tures on tea art. Chen De­hua, in­her­i­tor of Wuyiyanan (as known as Da­hong­pao) tea mak­ing and fa­ther of mod­ern Da­hong­pao tea, and Li Xingchang, in­her­i­tor of Pu’er, were in­vited to take part in the ex­hi­bi­tion of tea cul­ture to carry out in- depth con­ver­sa­tions on tea art with the pub­lic. The In­tan­gi­ble Cul­tural Car­ni­val also per­formed Pek­ing Opera, Pingju (a lo­cal opera of north­ern and north­east­ern China), He­nan Opera and He­bei Bangzi (also known as He­bei Clap­per Opera). Chi­nese drama en­com­passes oral lit­er­a­ture and sing­ing. To give the pub­lic a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of in­tan­gi­ble cul­tural her­itage, par­tic­i­pants were in­vited to give lec­tures and share tra­di­tional cul­ture with the pub­lic from their own per­spec­tives through on-site lec­tures and live In­ter­net broad­cast. Learn­ing tra­di­tional Chi­nese cul­ture while pe­rus­ing folk art, visi­tors spoke highly of the car­ni­val.

The 5th In­tan­gi­ble Cul­tural Car­ni­val also in­cluded chisel carv­ing, mask paint­ing, leather mak­ing, batik pro­duc­tion, weav­ing, plant aro­mather­apy, em­broi­dery and il­lus­tra­tion. It also in­vited ar­ti­sans and per­form­ers to give de­tailed lessons in how to make th­ese prod­ucts. In the mean­time, the on­line broad­cast plat­forms al­lowed those who didn’t get to Bei­jing In­ter­na­tional Sculp­ture Park to watch the car­ni­val. The 5th In­tan­gi­ble Cul­tural Car­ni­val in­vited dozens of stu­dents from the His­tory Col­lege of Cap­i­tal Nor­mal Univer­sity to serve as vol­un­teers. Car­ni­val vol­un­teers in­ter­viewed in­her­i­tors of in­tan­gi­ble cul­tural her­itage, pre­pared for live shows, sorted out ma­te­ri­als, pro­moted in­tan­gi­ble cul­tural her­itage, and pro­vid­ed­pro­fes­sional ex­pla­na­tions and guid­ance for visi­tors.

The 5th In­tan­gi­ble Cul­tural Car­ni­val, with its green land­scape up­grad­ing project of Bei­jing In­ter­na­tional Sculp­ture Park com­pleted, made the mid­dle part of the eastern gar­den a “green lung” of the city, con­nect­ing the land­scapes of eastern and west­ern gar­dens, and be­com­ing a “green profit” for Bei­jingers and tourists.

Bei­jing Shi­jing­shan Amuse­ment Park

A song and dance per­for­mance at the 4th West­ern Hills Badachu Cul­tural Fes­ti­val in Badachu Park

Kids paint ce­ram­ics at the 5th In­tan­gi­ble Cul­tural Car­ni­val in Bei­jing In­ter­na­tional Sculp­ture Park

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