Foreign delegation wowed by Nanxun's cultural wonders
A delegation participating in a United Nations project aimed at promoting Chinese culture had the opportunity to visit Nanxun, a town renowned for its rich cultural heritage located in Huzhou, East China's Zhejiang province.
From Aug 5 to 6, the delegation members immersed themselves in the town's splendor and witnessed its dedicated efforts to safeguard and showcase its cultural treasures.
Strolling through the town, the delegation, much like countless other visitors, couldn't help but be captivated by the awe-inspiring and well-preserved historical architecture, including traditional houses and ancient bridges. One delegate, Alfonso, even likened Nanxun to the "Venice of the East" as he peacefully glided along the waterways, surrounded by the alluring white walls, black tiles, and flowing currents.
Another memorable experience during their visit was exploring the mulberry fish ponds in Digang village. These ponds employ an ingenious dike-pond system, unifying fish farming with mulberry silkworm cultivation. Recognizing its extraordinary value, this model was officially recognized as a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 2017.
Amidst the intermingling paths adorned with clams, snails, and mulberry trees, the delegates marveled at the intricacies of this unique landscape. It eloquently showcased the harmonious relationship between mulberry farming and fishing, beautifully embodying the ecological agricultural heritage of Southern China that has endured for thousands of years.
During their visit, the delegates also had the privilege of witnessing the artistry behind the creation of Huzhou ink brushes, highly regarded for their excellence in Chinese calligraphy. Accompanied by harmonious melodies, the delegates gracefully engaged in a tea ceremony led by a tea master. They enthusiastically tried their hands at this age-old art form, immersing themselves in the lifestyle and aesthetic values cherished by ancient Chinese society.
"I am truly taken aback by this traditional Chinese tea experience. It's incredibly unique," expressed Hanchanchai, one of the delegates, thoroughly fascinated by the process, particularly the delicate foam that formed from a simple tap.
To delve deeper into the richness of Chinese culture, the delegates also participated in activities such as fan-making, creating artwork on clam shells, and crafting intricate designs using silk sourced from silkworms.