Qingyang


The second floor of the Jinjiang Museum is devoted almost entirely to a very interesting, robust, and educational “Panorama of the History of Jinjiang” exhibit.

Here is the first set of photos, commentary, and quotes from this display….

The entrance to “The Panorama of History of Jinjiang” Exhibit:

From one of the museum’s interpretive blurbs:

Jinjiang city lies in the lower reaches of Jin River and is close to Chinese eastern sea. The city’s topology is mainly mesa and plain and it has a warm and wet climate. Early in the prehistoric period, Min and Yue ancestors were living here. After Qin and Han Dynasties, especially after Western Jin Dynasty, people from central China moved to the south and lived along the river. Thus the city was named Jinjiang. Jinjiang was officially established as a county in the sixth year of Kai Yuan years in Tang Dynasty (AD 718) and was executed at the same level with state and prefecture. After that period, Jinjiang witnessed a gradual development and expansion and has become the political, economic and culture center of Quanzhou region of China.

An ancient contraption for making dofu (tofu); looks strikingly similar to modern contraptions for making dofu:

“the stele autographed by the country magistrate of Jinjiang / unearthed in Quanzhou / the 23rd of Jiajing in Ming Dynasty (AD 1544)”:

Part of an ancient water mill’s working parts:

An ancient weaving loom:

Hand-carved chairs from (I believe) the Song Dynasty:

The battle to reclaim Taiwan from the Dutch:

From another interpretive blurb:

In the 22nd year of the reign of Emperor Kang Xi in Qing Dynasty (AD 1683), under the decision of Emperor Kang Xi, Shi Lang, commander-in-chief of the navy of Fujian led troops to reunify Taiwan. After Qing forces occupied Taiwan, they offered sacrifices to Zheng Chenggong Temple and made proper arrangements for the formal subordinates of Zheng Chenggong. These efforts resulted in a stable political situation of Taiwan.

More on this:

At the joint period of Ming and Qing Dynasties, Jinjiang was the military base established by Zheng Chenggong to expel Netherlands invaders and reoccupy Taiwan. During the reign of Emperor Kang Xi, General Shi Lang built up the armed forces here, stormed and captured Penghu islands and and Taiwan and accomplished the great course of reunification.

Cannon reclaimed from the sea and this battle:

More information about the area from another placard:

The Silk Route of the Sea–Along the long and sinuate coasts there were three bays and twelve harbors which were the important parts of Quanzhou Harbor. Quan Zhou was considered one of China’s four important harbors since Tang Dynasty. The other three are Jia Zhou, Guang Zhou and Yang Zhou. In the era of Song Dynasty and Yuan Dynasty, it had already become The Largest Harbor in the East. As the south harbor of Quanzhou, Anhai harbor had been prosperous for a long time from Song Dynasty to Republic of China, in which the business men were famous around the world.

Related:

As I’ve hinted here and there, there really is some interesting history to this Jinjiang region in Fujian Province, including lots of trade contact with the outside world long, long ago.

The downside of this longstanding local focus on commerce and money-making is that appreciation for the arts and history typically takes a back seat to other concerns.

But maybe that’s starting to change a wee bit, and I think Qingyang may be at the center of this little ‘r’ revolution.

Case in point is the Jinjiang Museum, which focuses mostly on the history, but also the arts and culture, of Jinjiang.

Technically, I suppose, you’re supposed to visit the museum during its regular open hours and not take photographs of the displays, but because one of the museum’s main tour guides is friends with my Wife’s Younger Brother, we managed to skirt both issues not long ago, enjoying an exclusive, picture-taking private tour.

Here is the first set of photos and commentary from our visit; to avoid a single post that’s “too long,” I’m going to divide the museum visit into two or three posts.

A view of the Jinjiang Museum; most museums I’ve visited in China before are very boring structures; this one is not:

The museum’s main entrance:

The museum’s central interior:

An exhibition on the lower floor–the museum paid about 200 young, upcoming artists and calligraphers for contributions to their inaugural display; here are some of their works:

My Wife and her Younger Brother take a break before we head upstairs:

Next time: A first look at some of Jinjiang’s history….

Related:

So there we were, right across from the Ford dealership, stranded on The Highway to Hell trying to hail a cab to take us on in to downtown Qingyang.

Not easy.

Cabs do go by that stretch of highway, but most seem to be full of other passengers already heading somewhere.

After quite some time of waiting, I got bored and took a couple traffic photos.

In this one, with the Ford dealership in the background, notice the truck that has just whipped out into traffic, other fast-moving vehicles be damned as they swerve to avoid a collision:

But still no cab.

So I took some video.

This one shows some fast moving vehicles–and a guy on a bike-cart at the end–going in the direction we want to go:

In this next one, more traffic, looking in the opposite direction, and watch that “Bonzai!!!” turn across the traffic lanes there at the end:

Finally, after half an hour, an empty cab came along, but it was headed in the opposite direction. So it did a “Bonzai!!!” u-turn of its own, nearly causing pile-ups in both directions, complete with screeching tires and a blare of honking horns.

Deadly dangerous, but we were overjoyed to see it.

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