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Wu Area

Suzhou

Built in 541BC by He Lv, the King of Wu, 2500 year old, Suzhou is the birthplace of Wu culture...

Wuxi

Standing by the Grand Canal, Wuxi is a historical city and has been an important trade center in the area for centuries.

Yangzhou

The city Yangzhou itself is a museum of Chinese culture and a beautiful Chinese garden...

Wu Culture Heritage

Full Episodes

Story of Wu Part 1: I dreamt of the State of Yue

Wu was a state during the Spring and Autumn Period in China. The state of Wu straddled the mouth of the Yangtze River east of the State of Chu. Considered a semi-barbarian state by ancient Chinese historians, its capital was Suzhou...

Story of Wu Part 2: Sword making in the State of Wu

It was under the reign of King Helv 阖闾 in the late 6th century BC that Wu came to prominence. King Helv 阖闾 came to power by seizing the throne from his cousin, King Liao 僚. In fact, Liao was assassinated by the noted swordsman Zhuanzhu 专诸, on the orders of Helv, using the famous Fish Intestine Sword...

Story of Wu Part 3: A sky with many brilliant stars

Booking reading in ancient China was the only way to reach officialdom for poor people to change their humble status or for the younger generation of noble families to continue their family glory. Scholars from Wu outdid those from other places in many sessions of the royal examinations, particularly during the Ming and Qing...

Story of Wu Part 4:Vessels

The Wu region has always been an area covered by rivers and lakes such as the mighty Yangtze River, the beautiful Grand Canal, the immense Lake Tai and other large and small lakes. So Wu culture is closely related to water. Living in such an environment, the local people have an affinity with water and boats. Boats are an important means of transportation for them..

Story of Wu Part 5: Flowing water from the source (I)

Wu is famous for the rich water. A high volume of water flows through the region. Since the Song Dynasty, the economic center of China, including the agricultural center, shifted from the Yellow River to the Yangtze River watershed. This meant that Wu had become a "land of fish and rice" in ancient China. Wu people also created a financial myth in the history of regional culture...

Story of Wu Part 6: Water flowing from the source (Ⅱ)

Wuxi has the advantages of a good location and convenient transport links. It also has very good water transport conditions because it lies on the shortest route from the Yangtze River to Lake Tai...

Story of Wu Part 7: Music from another world

Wu occupied the only small part of Chinese but it has big influence on the country´s culture and the music. It´s the birth place form traditional opera such as Kunqu and Xiju. It also is music and Pingtan a form music with compliment provided by the Pipa. The important is music with highlight Kunqu opera reform...

Story of Wu Part 8: Land of strength and splendour

Every city has its own unique quality, character and history. As a forerunner of the Yangtze River Delta, Many towns and cities in Wu area are even more brilliant In the long history of China. They quietly tell their own stories about Wu culture...