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Banan District Holds Intangible Heritage and Countryside Experience for Overseas Residents (Laowai @Chongqing)

May 18,2020 ByJames AlexanderICHONGQING

Chongqing- On May 17th, Ba’nan District organized the first in the series of events under the banner ‘Laowai @Chongqing,’ which offers foreign residents in Chongqing the opportunity to experience the intangible cultural heritage and rural traditions.

Towns and rural villages around Ba’nan District will host themed events until the end of July, with alternate locations selected each time to offer a wider variety of cultures and attractions.

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Participants in the Ba’nan District intangible cultural heritage event in Mudong Old Town learn calligraphy skills outdoors

The choice of rural villages in this event illustrates the achievements of poverty alleviation in China, where goals under the Agenda 2030 policy have been realized a decade in advance. During visits to the countryside, foreign guests can experience traditional farming methods, and learn pastoral heritage in the form of song and dance.

On the morning of May 17th, 18 overseas residents set off together for Mudong Old Town from Ba’nan City Hall. The old town is a local tourist attraction on the south banks of the Yangtze, east of the Chongqing Urban Area. Among the experiences organized there were calligraphy lessons, the process of making tofu by hand, and the art of producing edible Chinese zodiac symbols with caramelized sugar.

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Among the various experiences on offer was the process of making tofu with traditional methods

Following lunch, the party traveled to Haiyan Village in the neighboring mountainsides. Under clear azure skies and early summer heat, participants tended a field of sunflowers with hoes and organic fertilizer, while a trio of ladies in traditional clothing taught the overseas guests a country-folk song to perform together.

Mrs. Zheng Chengyu, an organizer who attended the event told iChongqing, ‘It’s our hope to invite overseas residents studying, working and living in Chongqing to experience our beautiful countryside, national intangible heritage, traditional farming methods, and culture.’

Andrei and Arseniy, two Russian participants in the day-long event shared their feelings on the event. ‘We have seen so many beautiful sights and tried working in the Chinese countryside. It was fun, and the food was very delicious. So, it was a good day. We are tired but happy.’

‘The views and natural environment here are very nice. We thank the organizers. It’s been a treat for us, and the weather has been beautiful. There are good people here, so we’ve enjoyed the day.’

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Participants from Russia learn and perform a traditional folk song at Haiyan Village, deep in the Ba’nan countryside.

Future events in this series of events in Ba’nan District

Below are the proposed dates and locations of upcoming events themed on intangible cultural heritage and rural traditions. Overseas residents interested in attending one or more events may contact Mr. He Liujin at bntqw@126.com, or by telephone 66231839 (English available).

May 23rd – Nanpeng Area and Anlan Town

May 30th – Yipin Area and Ersheng Town

June 6th – East Hot Spring Town and Jieshi Town

June 13th – Shitan Town and Shengdeng Mountain Town

June 20th – Shilong Town and Jielong Town

June 23rd – Fengsheng Town and Shuanghekou Town

July 4th – Tianxingsi Town and Jiangjie Town

July 11th – Huimin Area and South Hot Spring Area

July 18th – Lijiatuo Area and Maliuzui Town

July 25th – Longzhouwan Area and Yudong Area

 

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