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Xinji Wall Hangings

Updated: 2014-12-01 14:08:10

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The wall hanging "Zhaozhou Bridge" tells a folk story about Zhao County, Hebei Province. The 1,400-year-old bridge, which is shaped like a rainbow, possesses an important position in world history. Many folk stories in China circulate about this bridge -- and the picture depicted in the wall hanging is one of them. It is said that the great carpenter Lu Ban built Zhaozhou Bridge with his superior skills. The great wonder even lured the gods from the heavens to test it. Zhang Guolao, one of the Eight Immortals, rode a donkey back and forth over the bridge, carrying the sun and moon in a bag; the firewood god rolled his cart, loaded with five mountains, across the bridge; and two celestial beings tried to weigh down the mighty structure. However, even under all this weight, the bridge remained intact thanks to Lu's unparalleled skills.The Xinji people are no longer satisfied with such themes, however, and some new wall hangings depict their longing for a brighter future.

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