Exploring Yue culture in Tang Dynasty ancient capital

chinadaily.com.cn| Updated: November 17, 2020 L M S


Locals visit a Shaoxing culture exhibition at the Tang West Market in Xi'an, Shaanxi province on Nov 16. [Photo/shaoxing.com.cn]

An exhibition of Shaoxing culture opened in Xi'an, capital of Northwest China's Shaanxi province and ancient capital of the Tang Dynasty (618-907), on Nov 16.

The exhibition covers an area of 4,000 square meters and showcases both Shaoxing's cultural symbols as well as notable foods.

Twenty-five dining companies served over 50 Shaoxing foods, including fried stinky tofu and hand-made sausages. Sales revenue exceeded 30,000 yuan ($4,569) on the morning of Nov 16, according to the municipal commerce bureau of Shaoxing.

Pearl and textile exhibits drew inquiries from local businesspeople, while models of famous scenic spots and architectural sites in Shaoxing introduced visitors to the riverside city's 4,000-year-old history and civilization.

During the Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 BC), Shaoxing was the capital of the Yue Kingdom. Yue culture is centered on undergoing self-imposed hardships to strengthen one's resolve and gave rise to renowned figures like King Gou Jian of the Yue Kingdom and Lu Xun, one of the most influential Chinese writers.

Famous local products include Shaoxing huangjiu (Yellow rice wine), gunpowder tea, baked rice cake, and fermented bean curd.