China cultural news in brief: ancient residential site; Silk Road museum; French music festival

13:03, June 19, 2011      

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The following are several Chinese cultural news items in brief on Sunday.

ACIENT RESIDENTIAL SITES FOUND

Archaeological workers have discovered a large-scale ancient residential site in north China's Hebei Province.

Located in the village of Fenggezhuang in the city of Tangshan, the site is believed to date back to the Jin (1115-1234), Yuan (1206-1370) and Ming (1368-1644) dynasties, according to Zhang Xiaozheng, a researcher with the Hebei Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics.

The rectangular site covers 60,000 square meters. A 700-year-old walking path is considered to be the most significant finding at this site.

Deep furrows have been found on the 10-meter-wide path, which indicates that the path once teemed with traffic.

Six building sites, 41 ash pits and five hearths were also found at the site.

SILK ROAD AND BUDDHIST ART MUSEUM OPENS

China's first theme museum focusing on the Silk Road and Buddhist artwork opened in northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region on Thursday.

The Xumishan museum covering 5,558 square meters showcases the history of the Silk Road and the development of the Buddhist Xumishan Grottoes through multimedia displays and other exhibits.

The Xumishan Grottoes, which were built between the Northern Wei Dynasty (386-534) and the Tang Dynasty (618-907), have more than 500 Buddhist statues and were listed as a key state-level cultural site in 1982.

FIFTH FRENCH MUSIC FESTIVAL KICKS OFF IN WUHAN

The fifth French Music Festival kicked off Friday on Hankou beach in Wuhan, capital of central China's Hubei Province.

This year's festival will last for five days. Visitors will be able to enjoy a range of performances by both French and local bands.

The French Music Festival aims to allow visitors to share music on a free and equal basis. Established in 1983, the festival has successfully developed into a Sino-French cultural exchange activity.

In 2007, Wuhan became the only city in China to hold the French Music Festival outdoors.

Source: Xinhua
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
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