Shanghai Daily

Editor’s note:


The Song Dynasty (9601279) is divided into two distinct periods, Northern and Southern. During the Northern Song (960-1127), the royal court built its capital in present-day Kaifeng City, Henan Province. It then retreated to the south of the Yangtze River and establishe­d the Southern Song (1127-1279), founding its capital at modern-day Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province.

Zhejiang government initiated the Song Dynasty Cultural Legacy Project in August 2021, aiming to build Song culture into a paramount icon of Zhejiang Province, featuring Zhejiang elements and distinguis­hing it from other dynasties by its booming economy and invigorate­d art.

This year, Hangzhou will host a series of Southern Song-themed activities and exhibition­s to help residents explore citywide cultural heritages and popularize historic knowledge among young generation­s.

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