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Part 1- An ancient dream

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...

Part 2- A fine sword-making tradition

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. Later, when Helv learned that Liao´s son, Prince Qing Ji 庆忌, was plotting revenge, he persuaded another swordsman, called Yaoli 要离, to kill him. The two assassins would both die carrying out their king´s orders. Subsequently, their heroism would be celebrated as part of Wu´s proud martial tradition.

Part 3- A star-spangled sky

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...

Part 4- Ships through the ages

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...

Part 5- 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...

Part 6- Water 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. Water transport on the Yangtze River grew so much during the Ming and Qing dynasties that it was considered to be a golden throughfare. Wuxi was situated in a key position between them..

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...

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...