Night in Southern Song Dynasty Hangzhou, a cultural extravaganza, will feature 30 activities and shows showcasing the city’s ancient heritage through the end of November.

The Hangzhou government officially launched the culture festival on June 15 in collaboration with scenic spots, libraries, museums and creative enterprises across the city to promote the region’s ancient crafts and culture to young people. generations.

The range of activities and shows will include cuisine, culture, daily life, entertainment, costumes, scenery and lectures to give people a complete picture of Hangzhou dating back a millennium.

E-commerce and game design leader NetEase has developed a live action role-playing game based on the backdrop of the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279). The resulting Lin’an Prefectural Lantern Game has debuted and promotes the story in a fun way.

Live role-playing games are all the rage among young people and these LARPers will visit a shop during the festival to role-play according to a script that defines their characters. They will encounter fictional settings that can range from murder mystery to fantasy adventure.

Taking advantage of the revival trend of the Southern Song dynasty, the scenario is limited in its application to Hangzhou.

In other activities, the Handicraft Demonstration Pavilion on the Grand Canal brings together a group of leading artisans to produce handmade products. A series of hands-on activities in July will allow children to make their own objects under the guidance of artisans.

Visitors will be able to see how artisans weave clothes, make scissors, cut paper, carve wood, and make chopsticks, leather trinkets, pottery, and embroidery that characterize Hangzhou and Zhejiang craftsmanship.

Some of these handicrafts exploded during the Southern Song Dynasty when cavalcades of people flocked to Hangzhou to sell their wares. For example, the fan-making industry reached its peak during the dynasty’s rule.

The nobility are often depicted in ancient ink wash paintings holding, waving or gesturing with delicate fans, even when the weather is not hot. These fans were associated with politics and were status symbols.

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Featured is a new way to drink tea initiated by Southern Song People – Sundaymaking finely ground powder from processed green tea.

tea cultivation

When Hangzhou became the capital of the Southern Song Dynasty, all artists, craftsmen, craftsmen and workers, including fan makers, flocked to the city. The streets were dotted with shops selling fans. From then on, fans were emblematic of Hangzhou, along with Longjing tea, silk and parasols.

Tea was a staple drink during the dynasty, with imperial officials, residents, and the royal family drinking it daily.

Different from the modern drinking style, the Southern Song pioneered a new way of drinking tea called Sunday – make finely ground powder from processed green tea.

Powdered tea was brewed with a small amount of boiling water, then whipped with a small whisk into a mush. More boiling water was added to dilute the porridge.

The preparation and consumption of powdered tea has become a ritual and is believed to have originated from Jingshan Temple in Hangzhou. The process includes a series of performances, procedures and particular criteria for the use of tea leaves and containers.

A cultural festival celebrates the influence of the old dynasty

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A resident whips up powdered tea, one of the milestones in Sunday.

China National Tea Museum and Jingshan Temple in Jingshan Scenic Area will hold themed experience activities Sunday in October.

An indigo dyeing activity will be presented at the Xiaoshan Intangible Cultural Heritage Center. The Southern Song people processed natural resources to make fabrics and dyes.

They used the common indigo plant to make a dark blue dye. Different varieties of indigo produced different hues, but the most common marine hue came from present-day Zhejiang and Fujian provinces.

Artisans also adjusted the proportions of local plants used in the production of dyes to create different hues, including yellow, red and purple.

In the story, Southern Song emperors held annual rituals at Bagua Field to pray for a harvest season. Many years ago, Hangzhou restored a 150-me (10 hectares) octagonal bocage which was the imperial farm of the royal court. And the huge octagon shaped baguaor eight diagrams, has been recreated in its original location, again surrounded by water.

The bagua the design, with yin and yang at the center, is a representation of Chinese wisdom about the cosmos and the harmonious workings of nature.

The Eight Diagram Field will host agricultural activities during the Mid-Autumn Festival and the Double Ninth Festival to recreate scenes from the dynasty.