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Nantou County, Zhejiang Province step up cultural exchanges

Nantou County, Zhejiang Province step up cultural exchanges

Nantou County, Dec. 29 (CNA) Central Taiwan's Nantou County -- famous for its scenic Sun Moon Lake -- will begin a series of cultural exchanges with Hangzhou in China's Zhejiang Province -- a city also famous for its West Lake -- Nantou County Magistrate Lee Chao-ching disclosed Monday.
Lee said Nantou County government officials and their counterparts from Hangzhou will hold a forum in March 2009 at Sun Moon Lake to discuss matters relating to setting up a sisterhood relationship between the two lakes.
Lee expressed the belief that Nantou and Hangzhou will have more frequent exchanges in the fields of culture, tourism and trade in the near future.
According to Lee, the two sides are also working on a plan to hold a Taiwan-Zhejiang cultural festival, with a theatrical troupe from Zhejiang visiting Taiwan to present a large-scale stage performance, "The Legend of Dharma Master Hung Yi", on Jan. 5 at the Nantou County Cultural Center as a warm-up event.
The performance is sponsored by the Chung Tai Chan Monastery in Nantou County's Puli township. Admission to the show is free.
Master Hung Yi (1880-1942) was one of the greatest Buddhist monks in China during the 20th century. He was born near the end of the Qing Dynasty into the large and wealthy family of a salt merchant.
He went to Japan in 1905 and studied modern art.
Originally named Li Shu-tung, Hung Yi was well-versed in music, painting, poetry, calligraphy and drama and was a vanguard in modern China's new cultural movement at the time. He had a colorful life before becoming a monk at a temple in Hangzhou in 1918 at the age of 39.
As a monk, Master Hung Yi studied Buddhist sutras diligently and devoted the final 10 years of his life to preaching the Dharma. He died at age 63.
(By Han Nai-kuo)




Updated : 2021-10-25 04:04 GMT+08:00