China News Network Taiyuan, 9 September Topic: From the "Eastern Capital" to the "Northern Capital": A Thousand-Year Dream Enters the Tang Dynasty

Written by Gao Ruifeng

Dancing sleeves, shadows shaking fragrant wind. A Tang dance ended, and applause broke out. In the Shanxi Bronze Museum, more than 100 cultural relics of the Heluo Tang Dynasty are on display, and the people have traveled through thousands of years, dreamed of returning to the Tang Dynasty, and appreciated the prosperity of the "eastern capital" Luoyang.

Shanxi Bronze Museum, Tang dance performance. Photo by Gao Ruifeng

On the 26th, the reporter visited the "Eastern Capital of the Tang Dynasty - Tang Dynasty Luoyang Cultural Relics Exhibition". More than 100 pieces (groups) of various Tang Dynasty cultural relics unearthed in the Heluo area bear witness to the grandeur of the Tang Dynasty's strong national strength, civilization integration, and acceptance of all rivers. Rich gold and silver ware, exquisite and unique bronze mirrors, "Tang Sancai" with glazed light for thousands of years... The viewers were amazed.

"The rich cultural relics left by the eastern capital Luoyang have restored the prosperity of the Silk Road, the integration of Hu and Han, and the coming of all nations." Zhao Zhiming, vice president of the Shanxi Museum, said that the exhibition shows the prosperous era of the Tang Dynasty, and presents the prosperous style of Luoyang's multicultural convergence and the integration of different ethnic groups during the Tang Dynasty.

Shanxi Bronze Museum, more than 100 (group) Heluo Tang Dynasty cultural relics are on display. Photo by Wei Liang

"Heavenly King Sanjing, one of the northern capitals." At the end of the Sui Dynasty, Li Yuan Taiyuan raised troops to chase the world and establish the "Great Tang", with the western capital Chang'an, the eastern capital Luoyang, and the northern capital Taiyuan as the three capitals. At that time, Luoyang was one of the largest cities in the world, where the Silk Road connecting Eastern and Western civilizations and the Grand Canal connecting the north and south of China converged, where merchants gathered and the economy prospered.

The Tang Dynasty had strong national strength, open social atmosphere, and developed commerce and trade, and there were many Hu merchants from Europe and West Asia in Luoyang and other places. Its prosperity and openness can be seen in the exhibits such as beard figurines, Persian silver coins, painted pottery Roman heads, and bearded female riding figurines.

"The purpose of this exhibition of the cultural relics of Luoyang, the 'eastern capital' of the Tang Dynasty, to Taiyuan, the 'Northern Capital', is to lead the public to explore the past and the present with the fine cultural relics that have been handed down for thousands of years as the medium, and to experience the continuity, innovation, unity, inclusiveness and peace of Chinese civilization while appreciating the prosperity of the Tang Dynasty, and absorbing the self-confidence and strength of national rejuvenation." Guo Ning, a staff member of the Shanxi Bronze Museum, said.

Shanxi Bronze Museum, Tang Sancai on display. Photo by Gao Ruifeng

This exhibition presents the grandeur of Luoyang City in the Tang Dynasty from multiple perspectives such as Miyagifang City, social life, and cultural beliefs. During this period, the Shanxi Bronze Museum launched activities such as Tang dance performances, 360-degree panoramic displays, online live broadcast explanations, and Tang style "Ya Collection" to enhance the public's viewing experience and let more people feel the "thousands of weather" of Sheng Tang.

It is understood that in this exhibition, the Shanxi Bronze Museum selected 5 cultural relics exhibits such as relief animal face pattern trapezoidal bricks, three-color horse riding women, petal mouth grass leaf pattern silver goblet, three-color beast taming pattern flat pot, and three-color heavenly king figurines, made into cultural relics coloring cards, and the people on site presented the Tang Dynasty architecture, clothing, artworks, etc. in the form of graffiti, and understood the society and culture of the Tang Dynasty in graffiti.

In addition, the Shanxi Bronze Museum launched the "Tang Dynasty Costume Guide" stamping activity, designing 10 seals with patterns such as draped female figurines, shocking hairs, boobic buns, double egg buns, screw buns and other patterns, and the visitors collected seals according to different themes; There are 9 group photo check-in points in the museum, and visitors dressed in Chinese clothes take a group photo at the check-in point, freezing the Sheng Tang weather in an instant.

"During the exhibition, young people who visit the exhibition can participate in the 'Ceramic Sculpture Sheng Tang' production experience activity to understand the makeup, headwear, clothing and other characteristics of people in the Tang Dynasty; For lovers of Hanfu and classical culture, participants can paint Tang makeup, make fans, etc., and dream of returning to the Tang Dynasty. Guo Ning introduced. (End)