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Central China province to commemorate Chinese ancestor Yandi
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15:02, April 08, 2009

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China's central Hubei Province will commemorate the birthday of Emperor Yandi, one of the two legendary ancestors of the Chinese nation, the provincial government said here Wednesday.

About 20,000 Chinese, including people from Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao, will take part in a grand worship ceremony in Hubei. A forum about Yandi will also take place on May 20.

Tian Chengzhong, vice governor of Hubei Province, said at a press briefing Wednesday that these celebrations are aimed at promoting the birthplace of Yandi along with developing the local tourism industry.

Legends and historical documents say Yandi was born in Suizhou City around 5,000 years ago. He is widely believed to be an initiator of crop planting and herbal medicine in ancient China.

Emperor Yandi and Emperor Huangdi are believed to be ancestors of the Chinese people.


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