Hangzhou City Hosts ‘Hangzhou Style Life of Song Dynasty Charm’ in Macao to Promote Culture and Tourism
HANGZHOU, China – The Hangzhou Municipal Bureau of Culture, Radio, TV and Tourism hosted ‘Hangzhou Style Life of Song Dynasty Charm’ – an event featuring a selection of eight segments – on the afternoon of July 9, 2021, in Macao. Residents and visitors had the unique opportunity to get up close and personal with Hangzhou’s sophisticated lifestyle and the timeless quality of aesthetics from an earlier era while absorbing the harmonious beauty of art and life.
Drawing inspiration from popular painting styles during the Song Dynasty period, the event featured eight segments, each highly representative of life during the era, namely:
Blue Sky After Rain
Playing the Chinese Zither Under Brightly-lit Windows
Enjoying Flowers and Drinking Tea and Yellow Wine
Fragrances of the Song Dynasty Era
Perfumed Clothes and Gorgeous Hair - Song Dynasty High Society Ladies
Leisure and Elegance
Enjoying the Charm of the Song Dynasty
On the day, ‘Song of the Seven Sons’, a collection of patriotic poems which has come to represent Macao’s return to China, was played on the Chinese zither in the ancient Zhe School style. Additionally, a cute Peppa Pig was printed using the block printing method popular during the Song Dynasty period. There were also flowers on display arranged in Southern Song Dynasty celadon pottery. All these elements combined to ensure the culture of Song Dynasty Charm in Hangzhou instantly found a home within the context of Macao’s urban style.
Other integral elements that traveled along the Maritime Silk Road on ships connecting Hangzhou and Macao were on display including an ancient method of restoring pottery, a bird cage made of imperial gold using the wire inlay technique of the Southern Song Dynasty, and imperial yellow wine reproduced exactly as it was made in the past. These are all part of the history of Song culture and highlight the fact that elegance has always been important everywhere.
In the second half of 2021 in Hangzhou, the Bureau plans to further explore the meaning and promote the new brand, Culture of Song Dynasty Charm, by hosting the ‘Hangzhou Style Life of Song Dynasty Charm’ and the ‘Su Dongpo Culture Festival’, in tandem with the launch of ‘Workshops of Hangzhou Culture’ which is an experiential lesson in the charm of the Song Dynasty.