Category Archives: Cixi

Histories, cultral, folks, food, travel resouces of Cixi city in Ningbo.

Jintang Wu’s old house

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 1900,
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.

wujintang‘s old house
wujintang‘s old house

Jintang school

jintang school
jintang school

Cixi Big Theatre Open

Hall of the theatre

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out look of cix big theatre

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.

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shaoxing opera

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.

Bean Candy

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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 :

1.拌粉:黄豆粉、熟面粉、糖粉混合拌匀,然后过筛。
2.煮糖、将饴糖、油下锅熬制,根据气候不同,一般熬到110~120℃,即成老糖(熬好的饴糖)。取出放在传热的容器内,炖在热水里,保持老糖的温度。
3.制糖:将黄豆、熟面粉和糖粉的混合粉用锅炒热,取出少量撒在操作台上,然后放上老糖,表面再撒上热粉,用擀面杖擀成方形。将热粉放入其中,再将老糖两面相互对折,用擀杖擀薄,然后再放热粉,如此重复折叠三次,最后用手捏成长条,顺直,切成四方小块,然后用木条挤紧压实。
4.包装:用纸把豆酥包好即为成品。因豆酥糖容易受潮,以贮藏于铁皮箱里为好。 质量标准:形态:外形方正,大小均匀,包装平整。

Straw Hat in Changhe Town

Chinese: 长河草帽

caomao01caomaoStraw 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.

Lotus Root Silk Sugar

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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.