Shot by Tang Dafei. Edited by Hu Jun. Subtitles by Shen Ke.
The festive spirit was at the rendezvous in the Bell Square of the ancient city of Qibao over the weekend, with traditional paper cutting artists, plasticine sculptors, calligraphers in colored ink, old-fashioned Chinese dessert chefs and embroiderers teaching how to sew a perfume bag or a silk fan.
Kicking off the City-wide Quality of Life Week on Saturday to support sustainable growth through consumption amid COVID-19, the “Handicraft Bazaar” showcasing Shanghai’s intangible cultural heritage, held in the Qibao old town, offered a combination of culture and art.
Small and large craftsmen set up the stands in the square at the foot of the city’s emblematic bell tower to showcase their skills developed over the generations.
Sculptor Dai Yan made a living monkey king appear out of paste within minutes, while artist Tang Hua quickly painted a colorful ink calligraphy of a visitor’s name with the designs of dragons and a phoenix.
“Kids love my dough figurines the most,” Dai said, kneading the dough.
“The most popular are the 12 zodiac animals as well as some Japanese cartoon characters.”
Dessert chef Tao Sumei paints a butterfly with heated liquid barley sugar, and the children eagerly await him next door.
“Not only children, but adults like me would like to pay for the sugar paint,” said visitor Yao Daxi, 58. “It’s the best memory of my childhood when candy was hard to find. “
The three-story tower will be fully open all week. The souvenir shop is on the first floor. The second floor has been renovated into a cultural classroom, where visitors can roll up their sleeves and try to make a tree leaf bookmark, sew a homemade bag, string beads for a necklace, or dress in it. a traditional Chinese dress.
The top floor has an ancient bronze Tunlai bell. He was said to have floated to the town of Qibao along the nearby river on a stormy night. The locals then placed him in the tower, worshiping him to protect their homeland.
“By participating in these interactive do-it-yourself events, people can learn about the city’s intangible cultural relics and experience a day the way ancient peoples lived hundreds of years ago,” said said Hou Jiamin, responsible for the Shanghai Oriental Culture Project. Orient Webcasting Co.