Chi­nese cul­tural gala on Na­tional Mall

China Daily (Canada) - - ACROSSAMERICA -

The an­nual Smith­so­nian Folk­life Fes­ti­val draws more than 1 mil­lion vis­i­tors to the Na­tional Mall in Wash­ing­ton. This year, China and Kenya were in­vited to par­tic­i­pate. De­spite hot weather, open­ing day on Wed­nes­day at­tracted enor­mous in­ter­est from vis­i­tors who dis­cov­ered the rich cul­tural her­itage from the Asian and African na­tions.

The fes­ti­val, which runs un­til June 29 and then re­sumes on July 2 to July 6, has some­thing for ev­ery age group.

Chil­dren can watch a pup­pet show, mu­sic lovers can lis­ten to a per­formce by the Zhe­jiang Wu Opera or the pris­tine Di­men Dong Folk Cho­rus. And there were Chi­nese cook­ing demon­stra­tions. Crafts­men from China will also make paper cuts, New Year’s prints, clay fig­urines, kites, em­broi­dery, batiks, porce­lain and sa­chets that are used dur­ing an­nual cel­e­bra­tions. Some 120 Chi­nese artists and crafts­men are par­tic­i­pat­ing in the fes­ti­val.

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LIN MENG / FOR CHINA DAILY

At the en­trance to the fes­ti­val, a clas­si­cal Chi­nese say­ing wel­comed vis­i­tors, which in English means: “Study hard and make progress ev­ery day.”

CHEN WEIHUA / CHINA DAILY

Liu Xingxiu, an em­broi­dery artist of the eth­nic Qiang group from south­west China’s Sichuan prov­ince, does her nee­dle work.

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