Culture & Literature

Experiencing the Poesy of Linyin Landscape

Spring in Linyin is poesy. Walking on the bluestone pavement of Yishui Rainbow District, caressed by the spring breeze blows, one feels relaxed and happy. The attic houses with wooden pillars and blue tiles are along the river backed by the snow-capped mountains. There is a peculiar tranquility lengthening from ancient era all the way through to today’s time.  Since the beginning of this year, Yishui County has vigorously implemented the project of “Cultural Tourism and Revitalizing the County”, giving full play to its own advantages. With business integrating into the tourism projects, the county is constantly innovating concepts, creating…


Linyi Daicun Community: Creating a Pastoral New City of Hope

Daicun Community, located in Bianzhuang District, Lanling County of Linyi City, is proposing the concept of a new-styled pastoral community within the county. With Mr. Wang Chuanxi as a leading figure of the Lanling County Committee, the concept aims to promote the rural revitalization by helping out the poorer area with the power of the richer ones. Daicun Community is a so-called “model village” with a total industry output value of 2.6 billion yuan, which means a per capita yearly net income of villagers of 69,000 yuan. Mr. Wang Chuanxi believes that if Daicun wants new development, it must find…


Inheriting an Ingenious Handicraft: Linyi Dough Sculpture

Dough sculpture, commonly known as dough flowering or dough kneading, is a traditional handicraft spread among Chinese people. The dough sculpture artform has been recorded in writing since the Han Dynasty. After thousands of years of inheritance, the artform is deeply loved as a folk art. Furthermore, the objects are a good method of research for history, archaeology, folklore, art and aesthetics. The raw material of dough sculptures is the common flour. But the craftsmen have the ability to transform daily routine into magical world. After kneading the flour dough by hand, they create various images with it like graceful…


Yimeng Embroidering Art, A Beauty from Shandong 

Linyi City is located at the southeast of Shandong Province. It is the most populous city in Shandong Province, well-known home and abroad for being a city of global water-skiing sport, the logistics capital in China as well as the eco-tourism resort. Traditional handicrafts are also very famous there. Yimeng Embroidering Art, for example, is an intangible cultural heritage of Shandong Province. Ms. XING Aizhi is a known figure as the inheritor of this art.  “This skill was inherited from my mother,” she said. The cross-stitch pattern integrates painting, pruning, embroidery, and brocade. The simple and dignified art form has…


Book Presentation in Vienna with “Es Lebe der Sozialismus“ by Lijia Zhang 

Lijia Zhang worked as a teenager in a factory producing missiles designed to reach North America, queuing every month for the “”period police”” to give evidence that she wasn’t pregnant. In the routine of guarded compounds and political meetings, Zhang’s disillusionment with “The Glorious Cause”” drove her to study English, changing her life and career to finally become a world known journalist and writer which has been her dream all the way through.  Telling a personal story, this memoir is illuminating the sweeping historical forces at work in China after the Cultural Revolution as the country moved from one of…


“Upward Shandong” Promotion Event Radiating with its Products 

“Intelligent manufacturing in Shandong is amazing!” “Hard-cored techs are unfolding!” “It’s refreshing!” “Shandong is opening up and going upward!” On 10. November, the “Modern Manufacturing” exhibition area is welcoming guests who can’t help praising Shandong. It is the 2023 Beijing Promotion Event for the “Hospitable Shandong and Good Shandong Products”. The audience is being fascinated by the speech about the operation of China’s first engineering ship for maritime satellite launch. Meanwhile, stepping into the ” Qilu Model of Rural Revitalization” exhibition zone for high-quality agricultural specialties, one is impressed by the huge screen of the Pingyin Big Data Center for…


Feixian Clay Sculpture: Artful Presentation of Life 

Linyi City in Shandong Province has a long history and is one of the important birthplaces of Chinese civilization. Its culture is treasured home and abroad. One of its intangible cultural heritages is Feixian Clay Sculpture. The clay sculptures in Feixian County integrate clay sculptures with oil paintings, comics and other forms of art. They are well-known for the exaggerated body expressions like comic figures, presenting honest, cheerful, simple, and interesting personalities in real life. Such local culture has become a name card of Feixian. The art of Feixian Clay Sculpture is originated in Yanmazhuang of Chengbei Town around the…


Book Recommendation: “The San Francisco Peace Treaty under the UN Charter Concerning the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands Dispute”

We are recommending a new publication by the 4-fold Nobel Peace Prize nominee Prof. Dr. Mehmet Sukru Guzel. The book is entitled as “The San Francisco Peace Treaty under the United Nations Charter Concerning the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands Dispute”. In his preface, Prof. Dr. Sukru stated that the main purpose of this book is to contribute to world peace and security by trying to find a clear legal answer to the dispute on the sovereignty of the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands between China and Japan within the framework of United Nations’ Charter.  “The dispute on the sovereignty of the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands has two different…


Delicatessen on the Tip of one’s Tongue – Pancake Roll with Spring Onion

A very distinctive local food, pancake is a treasured traditional staple dish for Linshu people in Shandong Province. There is a saying that the elders there are proud of: “Walking along the riverside with pancakes on your back, you are all set!” Going out of town for studying or traveling, Linshu people will always carry a pack of pancakes with them. Pancakes are delicious with a variety of spices and easy to store, too. One can enjoy the taste of hometown wherever he/she is. The process of making Linshu pancakes is quite minute and time-consuming. The ingredients must be soaked…


The Proud Brand Value of “Mengyin Peach” at the Age of E-Commerce 

In recent years, a rural e-commerce industry system has been set up at Mengyin County in Linyi City, Shandong Province, China. The system, promoting the online sales of high-quality agricultural products in the difficult-to-be-reached Yimeng mountainous regions, is transforming the present agricultural mode and increasing farmers’ income, making them into agri-merchants.  In 2020, Ms Niu Qinghua registered on a short video platform using the username “Yimeng Niu Qinghua” and began to promote Mengyin peaches through live streaming. This method quickly gained popularity among consumers across the country. During the 2022 peach harvest season, Niu Qinghua sold over 70,000 orders of…