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Imbibe Chinese culture at Yuyuan

With the solar term dashu, or great heat, arriving yesterday, local residents and foreigners alike were invited to feel the coolness of chinoiserie and traditional Chinese culture at the Yuyuan Garden Malls.

The dining and shopping facilities near the historic garden, which originated from a prosperous market of the City God Temple some 140 years ago, launched a Chinese culture summer season to promote traditional arts and skills, especially among the youth.

Visitors from home and abroad are invited to experience seal-cutting and typography, learn from traditional artisans, make tea and taste traditional vegetarian dishes and drinks at a century-old eatery during the event through August 7.

An exhibition themed on popular Chinese animation “Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation” was unveiled, with young performers wearing hanfu (traditional Han Chinese dress) to showcase traditional lifestyles.

The animation, based on a popular online novel, has been translated into many languages. The exhibition on the third floor of Baohua Building features exhibits, music, traditional food and drink, cosplay as well as various games.

Visitors are invited to experience the traditional lifestyles described in the animation. They can play guqin (Chinese zither) and interact with performers.

The event incorporates animation elements with traditional culture to attract young visitors, according to Yuyuan Inc, owner of the malls. Previously, the historical landmark around the City God Temple was often regarded as a major attraction for nostalgic senior city residents and tourists.

Fans of the animation can visit a number of sites, including the typography museum, handicraft workshops, Tonghanchuntang Pharmacy and Chunfengsongyuelou Restaurant, to learn about traditional skills, medicines and food.

The Tonghanchuntang Pharmacy founded in 1783 in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) invites visitors to compete with each other to recognize herbs and medicines.

The Chunfengsongyuelou Restaurant, which translates as “building of spring breeze, pine tree and moon,” is over a century old and has reopened after a revamp. Chefs with the historical eatery released a traditional pearl sugar drink for the event. The drink, which dates back to the Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907), is cooked with various herbs suitable for the summer heat.

The event is part of the city’s efforts to revive its culture and tourism brands.


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