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Hangzhou has a blooming marvellous day

BEAUTIFUL lotus flowers blooming at the City Plaza in the Urban Best Practices Area yesterday brought the beauty of Hangzhou to the city.

The flowers featured in a performance by dancers from Hangzhou in celebration of Hangzhou City Day.

Apart from 15 performances including folk dancing, a dragon dance, tea ceremonies and a silk fashion show, various folk handicraft artists also provided visitors with a close look at traditional arts.

They included seal cutting by the Xilin Society of Seal Arts, the black paper fans of the Wangxingji Fan Industry Company and the clay sculptures of Southern Song Imperial Street.

Artist Xu Yuanwei said clay sculpture had been popular in Hangzhou for hundreds of years and though the tradition had ceased for a while it was currently enjoying renewed popularity.

He and his fellow artists were delighted to be able to share their traditions with people from Shanghai and around the world.

"Many visitors showed great interest and asked for a clay sculpture of their own," Xu said.

The Hangzhou Pavilion invites visitors to experience the unique water culture of the city and see how they manage the important resource.


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