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Qingdao Sea Palace offers ancient painting experience

(chinadaily.com.cn) | 2020-09-23

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Along the River During the Qingming Festival, vividly depicts life along the banks of the Bianhe River, which flows through Bianliang, capital city of the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127) and today's Kaifeng in Henan province. [Photo/WeChat account: qdweishinan]

The Forbidden City Cultural and Creative Store of Qingdao, located inside the Qingdao Sea Palace – in the port city of Qingdao in East China's Shandong province – is a large-scale cultural site that is themed on the ancient painting called Along the River During the Qingming Festival, or Along the River during the Tomb Sweeping Festival, local officials said.

They said it is also a new venue for exploring the new integration of cultural tourism and technology.

The two-floor facility, with 3.0 digital-themed pavilions and a floor area of 1,700 square meters, is designed in the style of the Palace Museum, down to every gate and commemorative plaque.

This enables visitors to experience the atmosphere of the Palace Museum in Beijing while they are in Qingdao.

Along the River During the Qingming Festival, which was painted by Zhang Zeduan during the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127), vividly depicts life along the banks of the Bianhe River, which flows through Bianliang, the capital city of the dynasty and today's Kaifeng in Henan province.

The scroll painting features more than 800 people doing various activities.

Farmers are depicted sowing seeds in the fields, people are walking in the streets, sweeping graves and eating. Children are flying kites, merchants are selling goods, workers are driving carts, officials are riding horses and women are walking with baskets in hand. 

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A play of holograms, stage art and live action display scenes from the paintings. [Photo/WeChat account: qdweishinan]