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The Relics and Rhymes of North China


The Relics and Rhymes of North China

The Qingdao-Taiyuan High-Speed Railway has a total length of 770 km. With its western terminus in Taiyuan, it passes through Shijiazhuang and Jinan to reach its eastern terminus in the coastal city of Qingdao, crossing North China in an east-west direction.

While countless Buddhist grottoes have been built throughout Chinese history, Taoist grottoes are few and far between. The Longshan Grottoes in Taiyuan are the biggest and best preserved Taoist grottoes in China.

The construction of the Great Wall of Qi began during the Spring and Autumn Period. With more than 2,600 years of history, it was built 400 years before its Qin counterpart, and is therefore known as the “Father of the Great Wall of China”.

Meanwhile, the works for Longxing Temple in Shijiazhuang commenced in the sixth year of the first Sui dynasty emperor’s reign, i.e. AD 586. An awe-inspiring masterpiece is housed in Moni Hall - the colourful wall sculpture of Guanyin, commonly known as the Sitting Guanyin, which dates back to the Song dynasty.

Lujialing Village lies 820 m above sea level. Built against the mountains, the settlement looks out onto precipitous cliffs, hence its reputation as the “Village on the Clouds”.

Chaquan was transmitted to Shandong from Xinjiang more than 400 years ago. It is now a national intangible cultural heritage. 74-year-old Gao Henglun has been practising martial arts since the age of eight. He is the fifth generation successor of Yang Style Chaquan.

Qingdao was once a German Concession during the beginning of the last century. The literati were drawn here to live and create in the Republic of China Period. Upon arrival in Yushan District, which is known as the “Path of the Literati”, you will find the former residences of Shen Congwen, Liang Shiqiu, Xiao Hong, and Wen Yiduo. Faint traces of their literary spirit can still be felt along the bluestone path they once treaded upon.

Executive Producer/ Producer: Tom Chan
Assistant Producer: Wong Yuk-wah

Cultural Heritage - The Railroad II (English version)

“Where there is railway, there is civilization.”
Railway can bring about resources, culture and prosperity. The six episodes of culture documentary take the audience to look around China Culural. We shall introduce the newest high speed rail lines to you, including the Beijing-Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong high-speed railway(京广深港高铁) Qingdao-Taiyuan high-speed railway(青太高铁) , Shanghai-Kunming high-speed railway(沪昆高铁), Harbin-Dalian high-speed railway(哈大高铁), Lanzhou-Xinjiang high-speed railway(兰新高铁), Hangzhou-Shenzhen high-speed railway(杭深高铁).
With the railway network as our framework, we shall unfold the diversities of different places and the secrets of their intangible cultural heritage items so as to understand more about our culture and history, explores China and digs up many aspects of our social, cultural, history and artistic heritage.

Narrator: Ben Pelletier
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