passed Tongxiang and left good luck. Anyone who went out for a hike du

ring the Qingming Festival could take the luck home and get double the harvest of silk. Thus, p

eople hold a ceremony to worship the deity of the silkworm, and other activities to pray for a good silk harvest.

Yvonne Horst, the travel blogger from GoYvon who has lived and worked in China for six years, visited Tongxiang for the first time.

“I haven’t seen a ceremony held in the Qingming Festival. What I k

now about the Qingming Festival is it is a festival to commemorate ancestors. I think it’s just fa

mily members going to sweep tombs together. However, there is such a big event to celebrate the harvest in Ton

gxiang, which gives me a chance to get a deeper understanding of the local culture,” Horst said.

The beautiful spring scenery in Tongxiang fascinated the foreigners as well. They dres

sed in han clothes, appreciated plum blossoms and tasted plum wine. They also tried bamboo wea

ving, fan paintings and other intangible cultural heritage projects themselves to understand the local culture.

Akhil Parashar, a journalist with CRI Online, wore han clothes for the first time.

“I think the city has profound historical and cultural connotations. Wearing such traditional clothes gives me a sense of trave

rsing time and space, and also gives me a more personal experience of Chinese traditional culture,” he said.

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