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Optional Full Day Tour

Fengjing Ancient Town and Jinshan Peasant Paintings

Monday 13th November, 2017

USD 125 / person

08:00 Gather at hotel lobby of JW Marriott Changfeng Park.
08:30 Coaches depart at 08:30 hrs sharp.
10:00 Tour in Fengjing Ancient Town

Fengjing Ancient Town: Fengjing Ancient Town has a history of over 1,500 years. Demarcated by a river boundary down the center of town, it was governed separately by Zhejiang and Jiangsu Provinces from 1430 during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). In the town one will see many buildings in the Ming and Qing style. They are mainly two-story structures of brick and timber with white washed walls and black tile covered roofs. Each has wing-rooms, dooryard and walkway. The total area of old residences on the four main streets of the town reaches 48,750 square meters (about 12 acres), and nine locations among these are included in the Shanghai Unmovable Cultural Relics act.

With its surrounding water network, the ancient town boasts 52 bridges. Zhihe Bridge, with lichen in the stone crevices was built in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). Standing on the bridge, travelers will have a panoramic view of the trees and old houses. One also can see red lanterns hanging under the back eaves, which add a beautiful scene to the bridge at night. Another famous one is Rainbow Bridge, which is also distinctive

NOTE: AT FENGJING ANCIENT TOWN , YOU WILL GET A SPECIAL EXPERIENCE OF TRAVELLING BY WOODEN BOATS (6 people/boat, the whole trip is about 20 minutes)


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12:30 Buffet Lunch at Holiday Inn Shanghai Songjiang.
14:00 Visit Peasant Paintings Ecological And Leisure Park.

Jinshan Peasant Paintings Village: Jinshan Peasant Paintings are created by Chinese peasants working in Fengjing Town Jinshan County near Shanghai. During the late 1970s, the Chinese painter Wu Tongzhang began teaching painting techniques to the farmers in Jinshan. Most of these first painters were older women skilled in various folk arts that had been passed down through generations. These traditional folk arts, such as embroidery, paper cutting, paper folding, and weaving, heavily influenced the style of painting that developed. Jinshan Peasant Paintings are both natural and unnatural. They are natural, for they show a love of ordinary life - love of children, love of festivals, love of animals, and love of work and chores. But they are also unnatural, in that these ordinary life-events are shown according to the painters’ imaginations. The painters use a wide range of bright colors - colors that are often unnatural - and spread them throughout the paintings. Spatial reality and perspective are unimportant in these paintings. Figures and objects are usually drawn in a way that looks child-like. Taken together, these elements give the paintings a charming, primitive style. The paintings that result are not traditional Chinese and not Western, but are universal celebrations of life.


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16:30 Arrive at JW Marriott Chang Feng Park Hotel.

NOTES:

  • The Welcome Cocktail Reception will be held on this day at 18:00 hrs at JW Marriott Chang Feng Park Hotel, Grand Ballroom, 5F.
  • Shanghai Weather in November: the weather gradually turns to winter, with windy and dry conditions. There is a noticeable drop in temperature between day and night. The average low and high temperatures are 8 °C (46 °F) and 17 °C (63 °F).
  • This tour program is NOT included in your conference registration fees and must be registered for separately. Click on the ‘Register’ button below to register for this tour. It is a great way to meet other conference delegates and start networking even before the conference starts.

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