ShiNan Yu(Chinese:虞世南)（558—638）, Yuyao of Yue (Current Minghe, Cixi) , Ningbo, China.
He was a handwriter in early Tang dynasty. He studied from the 7th generation of Xizhi Wang.
Wu Jintang, (1855-1926) people from Cixi, Zhejiang. In 1885, he went to Japan to business with 50000g silver, in Qiwang(Chinese:祈望) he opened the Yisheng(Chinese:怡生) business, and opened the Yisheng(Chinese:义生) business in Shanghai, engaged in the sale of Chinese and Japanese goods. He sold Japanese matches, soaps and umbrellas to China, and exported Chinese cotton and silk to Japan for profit. Later he ran the cement factory, became one of the ten big giants in the Meiji and Tai Zheng years of Kansai industry in Japan.
In 1911, He had donated water conservancy works to improve flood control, which has benefited more than 20,000 mu of farmland. Established Jintang pedagogic school in Cixi,Ningbo, China.
In 1926, he died in Kobe, Japan.
In 1900, the Eight Allied forces attacked China. In the Beijing and Tianjin area, people were plunged into misery and suffering, there’re floods in the Yangtze River Basin. Wu Jintang donated 150000g silver to the country in two times.
In 1911, our country was flooded again. He donated more than 38000 yen and donated 32000 yen to the Red Cross Society of China.
Around 1915, the three north coast of his hometown had a tsunami, and there was no harvest of grain and cotton. Many people were starved to death, and flocked to Shannan to “eat big families”.Wu Jintang heard the news to pay the huge sum, entrusted the Shanghai three North shipping company boss Yu Qiaqing, bought rice in Yangzhou and Anhui area.He donated more than 190000g silver, and transported more than 500 Jin of rice.
Local elder people love to see and hear local opera: Shaoxing opera(越剧). Shaoxing is a city near Ningbo, in the ancient time, Yue kingdom was ever located in Shaoxing. The Xi shi was a famous beauty of Yue kingdom during the Spring and autumn period of Chinese history. Shaoxing opera was sung in local dialect.
The No.1 bus began to run in the 1990’s, most people except business men can only reach very short distance from home, so many of the elder people could neither speak nor understand the Mandarin. However, when the high level education was made universal, TV went into more families’ home, business brought more people from other cities and provinces, Mandarin became more and more popularized in young people. So now in the new theatre some modern dramas and music dramas will be played.
The bean candy(Chinese: 三北豆酥糖, pinyin: sān beǐ dòu sū táng).
There’re four steps to make it as the following described in Chinese, and we’ll not translate them into English, instead, we’ll take photos or video, or show you at the scene :
Straw hats are traditional folk arts and crafts in Cixi. The straw plaited articles in Cixi are exported in great number to over 80 countries and regions, including Britain, the US, France and Japan.Changhe Town is called as the “land of straw plaited articles”. The straw plaited articles are easy to carry when going out.
The lotus root silk sugar(Chinese: 三北藕丝糖) is a traditional food of Cixi. In late years of the Qing Dynasty, it was brought into the court and greatly favored by the Empress Dowager Cixi.
In the late 19th century, the lotus root silk sugar also enjoyed great popularity in Japanese and Southeast Asian areas. The Cixi merchant Wu Jintang selected it as a gift for the Emperor of Japan and it was highly praised by Japanese imperial family.