ZHANGJIAGANG, China, August 31, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The 2022 Yangtze River Culture Festival kicked off on August 27 in Zhangjiagang, a port city in eastern China jiangsu province and will continue until October. The annual gathering has become a habit for artists, scholars and inheritors of intangible cultural heritage of the Yangtze River Basin, according to the organizing committee of the Yangtze River Culture Festival. As the event has been held for 19 consecutive years, people can’t help but wonder why the small town is so influential in the entire Yangtze River region.

There are 181 bends over 90 degrees in the main course of the Yangtze River, and the last one forms Zhangjiagang Bay. Today, here is an ecological scenic spot where the river can be seen and nostalgia remembered. Not far away is the Shanghai-Suzhou-Nantong Yangtze River Bridge, which began operations in 2020, with high-speed trains running between Shanghai and from the north jiangsu. Especially on the bridge, people can enjoy the beautiful river and the city skyline on the bank.

Despite this, Zhangjiagang, about 130 kilometers from Shanghaiis only a county town in Suzhou, Jiangsu Provinceit is consistently ranked among the top three cities at the county level of China in terms of economic power. It is generally believed that the spirit of the people of Zhangjiagang who yearn for the first comes from their experience of living by the river with the courage to make the tide.

Zhangjiagang was founded only 60 years ago, but archaeological finds show that this is where the first civilization in the Yangtze River Basin emerged. During the Tang and Song dynasties, it was an important port for Sino-foreign trade, with typical Western-style palmette patterns appearing on excavated porcelain.

The young city of Zhangjiagang not only seeks to raise its economy to the next level, but above all to become a highly civilized city. Since the 1990s, a high level of civilization has been its pride, and the Yangtze River Cultural Festival is one of its major initiatives.

Liu Pengchun, an artist who has attended the festival many times, said artists in the Yangtze River Basin have diverse living habits, but festival organizers manage to meet their different needs, which attracts people. at the festival. Zhangjiagang has the best group of volunteers in China.

Another reason why the festival can resonate across the basin is that Zhangjiagang respects cultural expression, where the diversity of Yangtze River culture can be fully showcased on stage.

In recent years, the concept of preserving the Yangtze River and promoting its culture has gained unanimous support in China. With the theme of “Integrating, Promoting, Sharing”, this year’s festival allows audiences to interact online and offline, experiencing the various and splendid exhibitions of cultural relics, exhibitions of intangible cultural heritage, cultural performances and even more from the Yangtze River Basin.

In 2014, BBC producer Simon Prefect recorded the colorful culture of the Yangtze River with his documentary ‘Sacred River: Yangtze River’ in which he also expressed his concerns about overexploitation. It’s a pity he’s never been to Zhangjiagang. Zhangjiagang is an indispensable choice for anyone who wants to understand the Yangtze River and the Chinese who live there today.

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Caption: The view of the Yangtze River in the city of Zhangjiagang

SOURCE The Yangtze River Culture Festival Organizing Committee