The 2020 China Grand Canal Culture Belt “Bejing-Hangzhou Dialog” kicked off on Sept 23. The ancient style boat tour, one of the event’s most important activities on Sept 24, invited Zhang Wei, vice chairman of Beijing Writers Association and national first-class writer, and Lu Chunxiang, first-class writer and Lu Xun Literature Prize winner, to discuss the economic and cultural connection between Beijing and Hangzhou, the folk culture of the two cities, as well as ideas to promote and pass down the Grand Canal culture and build culture brands.
During the boat tour, Zhao Jiazhen, professor of the Central Conservatory of Music and Guqin artist, played the 7-string instrument for the guests. Yang Li, deputy director of Hangzhou TV Life Channel and anchoring director, read the ancient poem “Ode to Tongzhou.” Yang Yang, music director and chief conductor of China National Opera and art director and chief conductor of Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra, joined Wang Lida, golden award winner for ethno-singing arts at the 7th Chinese Golden Bell Award for Music, to perform folk songs along the Grand Canal. Chinese painting artists Guo Baoqing and Ru Feng also painted artworks about the views along the canal.