On July 17 (china.org.cn), “2017 Dujiangyan • China International Li Bing Culture Tourism Festival” themed by “thanksgiving worship • Li Bing to inherit peculiar culture” grandly started in Dujiangyan City.
As early as 256 B.C., Li Bing, the chief of Shu prefecture in Qin State, and his son led people to build this immortal Dujiangyan Irrigation System, which solved not only the flood problem, but also the irrigation problem for agriculture. It made Chengdu Plain frequently influenced by draught and flood become thousand miles of fertile “land of abundance”. In order to memorize Li Bing and his son, people gather in Erwang Temple in Dujiangyan on June 24 of the lunar calendar, to jointly recall their great achievements and pray for the next year.
Tourists with “Li Bing” in Name Can Tour Dujiangyan Scenic Area for Free
During the period of tourism festival, the tourists with “Li Bing” in the name can tour Dujiangyan Scenic Area for free. The tourists can apply for free touring on the official website of Mount Qingcheng - Dujiangyan Scenic Area by means of identity card, driving license or passport.
Worship Li Bing with Ancient Method, Inherit the Virtue of Thanksgiving Generation after Generation
The highlight of this activity was the grand ancient-method worshiping ceremony. On the day of activity, the ceremony of opening city gate for Shu prefecture’s chief Li Bing to tour city was performed at Xuanhua Gate, and in Guanxian Ancient Town and Dujiangyan Scenic Area. The actors playing the roles of prefecture chief Li Bing and officers of Qin State made the grand scene of “Li Bing touring river” in Dujiangyan reappeared. The worshiping people fetched the water from Mingjiang River into the bottle, and worshiped the god, earth and water to thank the ancestor Li Bing and Mingjiang River for blessings and protection. Inside Erwang Temple, over 90 temple masters gathered together. They set way-place and chanted sutras to worship Li Bing and pray for a good weather in the coming year.
Global Experts Gather together and Transmit the Culture to the World
The sponsor specially invited 50 famous tourism experts from England, America, Canada, Thailand, Malaysia and so on, to jointly worship Li Bing and his son, and to feel the thousand years of traditional culture about ancient Dujiangyan to transmit the grand occasion of activity to the world.
100 Small Painters Painted a Homeland on the Canvas
At the South Bridge Square, 100 high-spirited and vigorous juveniles used their small hands and colorful paintbrushes and painted a happy painting belonging to everyone, on the 66.87 square meters of canvas.
Set Post Office for Love on the World’s No.1 Bridge
The sponsor set a love post office on Anlan Bridge honored as “World’s No.1 Love Bridge”. That day, top 100 pairs of lovers got the post cards printed with an unique love postmark of Dujiangyan.
Traditional Musical Opera, Pandas Playing Flash Mob
The long-standing bamboo cage dance, “A Song of Dujiangyan Lasting for 2000 Years”, was grandly performed at South Bridge Square. The flash mob of panda figures showed the cuteness of pandas in Dujiangyan. The dance performance, Archaic Rhyme of Immortals • Rhyme of Taoism, incisively and vividly displayed the Taoist culture of Mount Qingcheng – Dujiangyan.