我苏网记者/黄路莹；翻译/ 江苏国际频道；视频/方媛 宋梦真 冯其坤；编辑/吴莹莹
The opening activities of the 4th Grand Canal Culture and Tourism Expo kicked off in Huqiu, Suzhou Thursday evening. This year’s Expo focuses on innovation of content and form as well as technology and digital empowerment while strengthening international elements to promote the popularity of the Grand Canal culture and the development of the cultural tourism industry.
Guests of the Expo jointly announced the opening of the ceremony
Connecting north and south, the Grand Canal embraces artistic beauty and a variety of ecological and humanistic treasures. This long and endless flowing river is constantly shining with vitality and vigor, carrying a long cultural lineage, historical heritage, and nourishing the cities and people on both sides of the river.
The Grand Canal Culture and Tourism Expo is a major initiative of Jiangsu Provincial Party Committee and Provincial Government to thoroughly implement the important instructions of General Secretary Xi Jinping on the protection, inheritance and utilization of the Grand Canal culture, to promote the construction of the Grand Canal Cultural Belt and the National Cultural Park with high quality. The Expo has gradually become a landmark project in the construction of the Grand Canal National Cultural Park and a brand of integration of the Grand Canal culture and tourism with important international and domestic influence. With the theme of "Integration-Innovation-Sharing", the Expo has been successfully held three times in Yangzhou, Wuxi and Suzhou since 2019, with a total of 376,000 visitors and an online audience of more than 450 million.
The most beautiful scenery in Suzhou is Huqiu. The Huqiu Pagoda is the landmark of the Suzhou section of the Grand Canal, witnessing the thousand-year history of the section. On the Xiaowudang Square, the Suzhou National Orchestra presented the visitors with a national symphony concert "Grand Canal".
The concert was a selection of classic songs from eight provinces and cities along the Grand Canal, and consisted of three chapters "Ancient Canal", "Colorful Canal" and "Forever Canal", and nine pieces in total. The opening piece Henan opera "Mulan" showed the magnificent battle scene and the grand ambition of the triumphant return. Hebei Wooden Clappers, Shandong folk songs and Zhejiang Wu Opera were also staged one after another. The popular song "Beautiful Scenery of Suzhou" and "Jasmine Flower" were adapted and exquisitely integrated with band performance, chorus and solo. The melodious music showed the gentle and beautiful scenery of Suzhou and the prosperity of Jiangsu in the new era.
After the opening ceremony, the guests took a night tour of Huqiu, Shantang River and Shantang Street in turn to appreciate the classic flavor of the cultural heritage of the Grand Canal in Suzhou, and to experience the fusion of classic and modernity.
"The Legend of Hu Fu" light show, through the latest holographic technology, fascinating plots, and exciting interactive performances, organically combined virtual images, real characters, and natural environments. Following the footsteps of the famous scholar Tang Bohu, audience could explore the legend of the famous sword of Huqiu, and immerse themselves in the humanistic heritage of the Canal. In addition, guests could also enjoy a light show on the Huqiu Pagoda.
Built by Bai Juyi when he was in office, Shantang River Scenic Spot enjoys the river and streets which are adjacent to each other, linking the ancient city of Suzhou, Huqiu and the Grand Canal. Thanks to the prosperity of the river, the "Seven-mile Shantang" became famous. In the night breeze, you can feel the unique watery style.
From September 23, six exhibitions, including the Canal City Culture and Tourism Exhibition, the International Exhibition "Encounter between Silk Road and Canal", the Canal Special Tourism Products Exhibition, the Canal Intangible Culture Exhibition, the Canal Digital Culture and Tourism Industry Exhibition, and the Canal Food Culture Exhibition, will be open to visitors at the same time. When you enter the exhibition hall in Suzhou International Expo Center by then, you can understand the fruitful achievements of the protection and inheritance of the Grand Canal culture from different angles.
Officials from the embassies, consulates and relevant agencies of Bulgaria, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Pakistan and other countries in China, as well as the relevant departments of Jiangsu Province and Suzhou City, the cultural and tourism departments of eight provinces and cities along the Grand Canal, and the relevant persons in charge of the participating cities attended the opening ceremony and related activities.