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The preservation and utilization of Southern Guangdong Old Post Roads in Zhuhai and elsewhere were presented as potential news stories recently to nearly 100 journalists from the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong, and Macao.
The Old Post Roads, especially in Zhaoqing's Deqing County to the northwest and Zhuhai, were essential passageways in ancient times. Today, Guangdong's rivers and roadways remain vital as the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road is being developed, indicated Xu Zugen, president of the China Photojournalists Society.
Zhang Yisheng, deputy mayor, noted at the large-scale photojournalist event that Zhuhai has been committed to the protection and revitalization of Xiangshan Old Post Roads since 2016. After a survey, it identified four routes totaling 64.5 km (40 miles). Six km (3.7 miles) of typical sections have been restored along the way, as have cultural relics such as Meixi Royal Stone Archways.
Making a lantern [Photo courtesy Xinhua]
At the opening ceremony at Meixi Royal Stone Archways in Qianshan on May 31, experts demonstrated Cantonese intangible cultural heritages. These included hand-thrown red clay teapots, Cantonese Embroidery, paper-cutting, and olive-pit carving while celebrities, journalists, and overseas students joined in.
Guangdong, Hong Kong, and Macao performers also brought an acoustic feast of ancient music to the Old Post Roads later in the day. A whole series of activities was held to promote the routes.
The event was organized by the China Photojournalists Society, and Departments of Natural Resources, Sports, Culture & Tourism, and Housing & Urban-Rural Development of Guangdong Province.
Overseas student shapes Shiwan pottery sculpture
Music at Meixi Royal Stone Archways [Photos by Li Jianshu / Zhuhai Daily]
Newly restored Changnanjing Old Path, a testament to Zhuhai and Macao's history of transportation and window to Xiangshan historic culture, reopened to the public on Oct 1.