The Flaming Mountain of Hebei


Jaipur, Dec 7 : What is common between Hebei in China and Jaipur? Both have been ruled by kings and emperors and their influence over heritage and culture still make a strong mark.

Hebei is a northern province of China, near Beijing. It is known as the site of the Chengde Mountain Resort, the imperial summer residence of the Qing-dynasty emperors. Chengde contains 18th-century palaces, gardens and pagodas ringed by Buddhist temples. The Qing emperors are buried to the south, in the monumental Eastern Qing Tombs at Zunhua and Western Qing Tombs in Yi County.

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Now Jaipurites can take a look at the scenic Hebei through the photo exhibition – ‘Beautiful Hebei’ –showcasing the cultural inheritance of the Hebei province. The exhibition was inaugurated by additional director of tourism, Rashmi Sharma, President of Rajasthan Association of Tour Operators (RATO), Khalid Khan and Vice Chairman of Foreign Culture Exchange Association of Hebei province, Wu Hongru.

On the occasion, Sharma said that art and culture knows no boundaries and this kind of culture exchange programme is a great step in promoting dynamic assimilation of tourism, art and culture in the state.

The photo exhibition throws light on various aspects of Hebei such as its heritage, Buddhist culture, temples, statues, towers. bridges and royal tombs, among other things. One can also catch glimpses of the Chinese culture through the ‘Laoting Shadow Puppet Show’, the incense culture and magic show.

The Laoting Shadow Puppetry is a comprehensive dramatic performing art form involving various kinds of folk culture like painting, music, dancing and even talking and singing.
The puppetry inculcates strong local features in music, spoken parts of a Chinese opera, carving and handling. Two shows namely – ‘The Flaming Mountain’ and ‘The Turtle and the Crane’ were performed today. They will be performed on Tuesday as well between 1pm to 4 pm. While the former is based on the Chinese novel “Journey to the West’, the latter is a traditional repertoire of Laoting shadow puppetry.

Also on display is the ‘The Incense Etiquette’ which in Chinese ritual and tradition is used to summon the heavenly gods and make sacrifices to ancestors and gods.

The exhibition on display is on till Dec 9 and is supported by Department of Tourism, Government of Rajasthan and Rajasthan Association of Tour Operators (RATO).

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