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Zhejiang charms

A SERIES of galas, exhibitions and parades began yesterday to show the cultural riches of Shanghai's neighboring province, Zhejiang.

Every day until next Tuesday, there will be gala performances of "Winds of Zhejiang" at 1pm, 3pm and 6pm (1pm, 3pm and 5pm on Tuesday).

The gala combines music, opera, dance and acrobatics to celebrate Hemudu culture, the province's ancient roots. It also celebrates the future of Zhejiang.

The gala highlights Zhejiang's culture and history along with the modern trends in the province.

At the Baosteel Stage in Zone B, visitors are introduced to the province's folk arts and crafts.

As part of the week's events, foreign visitors will be able to get a free rice figurine of themselves.

Wang Jingrong, a 70-year-old rice figurine master from Wenzhou City, will make the figurines for visitors.

People can also taste fresh watermelon while watching watermelon engraving.

Shen Yuanliang, 69, prepares a dozen watermelons every day to engrave with flowers, bamboos and animals.

At a display of micro calligraphy on fans, 50-year-old Du Juan has written Sun Tzu's The Art of War on a single fan. Each of the 7,000 characters is just 2 millimeters wide.


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