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Fengbin town: a town of poetry

(chinadaily.com.cn) 2018-04-19 Print Mail Share

The Reed, a poem in Shijing (the Classic of Poetry), the oldest existing collection of Chinese poetry, always reminds readers of the beautiful Feng River, which bred brilliant Chinese culture about 3,000 years ago. 

Nowadays, Fengbin town, a town of poetry, has been built along the Feng River as part of the effort to build new type of cities and towns. Fengbin town will help revitalize the traditional culture and boost creative industries. 

As the first town in China based on Shijing, Fengbin town was open to the public on Sept 27, 2017 and it was located on the east bank of the Feng River, which is the birthplace of Shijing. The town demonstrated five poetic lifestyles every day, helping visitors experience history, classics and an elegant life and get a feel for poetry from Sept 27 to Oct 8.

Feng and Hao, the capitals of the Western Zhou Dynasty, were located at on opposite banks of the Feng River about 2,000 years ago, when the emperor appointed officials to document poetry from the various states constituting the empire. 

It is said that out of these collected pieces, Confucius made the final editorial call, deciding what to include or eliminate in the received version of Shijing, which ranks first among the "Five Classics" traditionally said to have been compiled by Confucius and its renown gradually went global. It is evidence that most poems in Shijing originated from the area near the Feng River.

As Shijing is an outstanding treasure of the Chinese culture, the construction of Fengbin town is part of an effort to promote the Belt and Road Initiative and to turn Shaanxi into a province of culture, helping to transform Xi'an into an international metropolis with deep history and rich culture. 

To build Fengbin town, Fengdong New City started project research in 2013, organizing more than 40 seminars, consulting 150 experts and scholars, and exploring every relic and village along the Feng River to fully explore the value of the cultural connection between Feng River and Shijing. After three years of research, Fengbin town began construction in June 2016 and work was completed in Sept 2017.

Located in Fengdong New City in Xixian New Area, Northwest China's Shaanxi province, Fengbin town is a key project of Shaanxi Province in 2017. It covers a total planned area of 2.6 square kilometers, comprised of three sections including ecological landscape, creative industry zone and comprehensive supporting area. 

"Shijingli" is a creative industry zone developed in the first phase of the Fengbin town project. It has pioneered a business model based on poetry by offering five types of services including theme inns, cultural stations, theme catering, retail workshops and a leisure and entertainment zone to provide a high-quality space for eating, living, traveling, shopping and entertainment. It presents a suburban waterfront living place featuring an original poetic living experience, providing a space for meditation for people in bustling cities.

The construction of Fengbin town is based on Shijing culture. In the town, the scenery, houses, music and characters in the book related to the area all come to life. There are a numerous buildings and landscapes featuring the poems in Shijing and great events concerning the poems, including poetry readings.

In Fengbin town, you can observe ancient Chinese instruments and enjoy performances by professionals dressed in ancient clothes and using such instruments in the ancient museum of China. You can appreciate performances of Shijing culture and learn the history of Shijing in the center of Shijing culture. You can feel the unique charm of Shijing culture in every corner, as expert Zhang Peihe will be invited here to introduce the essence of Chinese culture and Shijing culture.

At present, a large number of carefully selected businesses have been set up in Fengbin town, offering special food and entertaining experiences. You can have a good night bathed in moonlight in a spa hotel, have a taste of famous tea in a tea house, enjoy delicious fish in a restaurant and enjoy a poetic life in a hotel in the mountain. You can also read a book in a bookstore, appreciate traditional craftsmanship in stores lining the streets and listen to the music played with ancient Chinese instruments.

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Fengbin town. [Photo/xixianxinqu.gov.cn]

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Fengbin town. [Photo/xixianxinqu.gov.cn]

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Fengbin town. [Photo/xixianxinqu.gov.cn]

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Fengbin town. [Photo/xixianxinqu.gov.cn]

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Fengbin town. [Photo/xixianxinqu.gov.cn]

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Fengbin town. [Photo/xixianxinqu.gov.cn]

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Fengbin town. [Photo/xixianxinqu.gov.cn]

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Fengbin town. [Photo/xixianxinqu.gov.cn]

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Fengbin town. [Photo/xixianxinqu.gov.cn]