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Historic town reinvented in Shandong Province

12-19-2011 11:01 BJT

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Tai'er Zhuang, a city in Shandong Province, is renowned for a successful campaign against the Japanese invaders in 1938. Now the city has a new tourism attraction--an Ancient Town, let’s step inside and find out more.

Stepping into the Ancient Town, elaborate architectures built in traditional style will immediately leap to the visitors’ eyes. Wandering through the alleys, stores and temples, visitors can feel the city’s unique cultural atmosphere.

Historic town reinvented in Shandong Province.

Xiang Shoufang is an owner of a local store. She is the successor of the "Qicun Porcelain" skill, which is an intangible cultural heritage of Shandong Province that dates back thousands of years.

Xiang Shoufang, local store owner said: "Tai’er Zhuang Ancient Town provides a great platform. It’s like an intangible culture expo that never closes."

Just like Xiang Shoufang, many successors of intangible culture heritage programs have settled in the district, bringing their factories as well. In addition to this, the area is also moving into educational tourism, teaching visitors about the famous Tai’er Zhuang military campaign. The municipal government has also set itself on a long-term course to construct museums, temples, and industries to drive the economy forward.

Wang Zhaohai, deputy director of Management Committee of Ancient Town said: “I think Ancient Town can achieve a win-win result, not only does it galvanize Tai’er Zhuang’s tourism industry, but it also helps to protect our intangible culture heritages."

In order to better carry on China’s profound culture, "Taier Zhuang Ancient Town" has constructed a cultural industry system with a modern concept. Currently, the Town has created 80,000 jobs and has helped pull Zaozhuang from the least economically-active city to the second most active one in Shandong Province.

Historic town reinvented in Shandong Province.

Historic town reinvented in Shandong Province.

Historic town reinvented in Shandong Province.

Historic town reinvented in Shandong Province.

Historic town reinvented in Shandong Province.

Historic town reinvented in Shandong Province.

Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: CNTV.CN

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