Linfen, November 11 (Reporter Zuo Yukun) This is Linfen, Shanxi. Some people say that Linfen is "a place where you can grab a handful of soil and grab the juice of civilization".

If you look back 600 years ago, the ancestors of Hongdong locust tree migrated from here to 18 provinces and cities across the country, and the ancient locust accompanied each other from generation to generation, entrusting the endless thoughts of the Chinese children and the love of the family and country.

If we look back at 4300,<> years ago, Di Yao built the capital here, and the concept of "hanging clothes and ruling the world" and "original China" was born.

If we look back 10,<> years ago, the "Dingcun people" multiplied here, using ancient stone tools to strike the spark of primitive civilization, filling the missing link of the "ancients" in the evolution of human beings on the mainland.

If you look back 300 million years ago, the frozen group of Yunqiu Mountain, which was formed in the Quaternary glacial period, was already waiting here, and the world's rare geological miracles were quietly told among the crystal clear ice.

On November 11th, under the guidance of the Network Communication Bureau of the Cyberspace Administration of the Central Committee of the People's Republic of China, the interview group of the "Picturesque Rivers and Mountains" online theme publicity activity (Shanxi) sponsored by China News Network and the Cyberspace Administration of the Shanxi Provincial Party Committee walked into the Linfen Yunqiu Mountain Scenic Area and the Hongdong Big Locust Tree Root-seeking and Ancestral Garden, and experienced the integration of ancient and modern civilizations, the interpretation and inheritance of folk customs and customs in this ancient and new land.

National 5A-level tourist attraction Hongdong big locust tree root-seeking ancestral garden. Photo courtesy of Hongdong Big Locust Tree Scenic Area

The inheritance of the family and the country, where does the ancient acacia not take root

In Hongdong County, Linfen City, Shanxi Province in early winter, in the National 5A-level tourist attraction Hongdong Big Locust Tree Root-Seeking Ancestral Garden, the second generation of locust trees that are bred by the first generation of ancient locust trees and have been 400 years old are flourishing, and the third generation of locust trees that are bred by the same root of the second-generation locust trees are luxuriant, adding a layer of verdant and solemn to the scenic spot.

Locust trees can be found everywhere in northern China, but the large locust tree here is extraordinary because it "witnessed" the largest, longest, and most extensive feat of official migration in Chinese history in the late Yuan and early Ming dynasties. For 600 years, it has become a symbol of the hometown of Chinese children, and has been regarded as "home", called "ancestor", and regarded as "root".

"Over the course of more than 600 years, the big locust tree has withered and flourished several times. We must not forget the great achievements of our ancestors in helping the old and the young to expand the territory and economic rejuvenation wherever they go. We must not forget the open-mindedness of the ancestors of the relocated people who endured humiliation and burdens and accommodated all rivers; We must not forget the entrepreneurial spirit of the ancestors of the migrants who were not afraid of hardships and dangers, forged ahead bravely, and constantly improved themselves. The staff of the Hongdong Big Locust Tree Root-Seeking Ancestral Garden said.

The picture shows the performance in the Hongdong Big Locust Tree Scenic Area. Photo courtesy of Hongdong Big Locust Tree Scenic Area

Since the immigration of the early Ming Dynasty, the descendants of Guhuai have migrated and flowed, extending the nine domains, and have also brought the ancestor worship customs of the "hometown" to the whole country and even the world. Today's Hongdong Big Locust Tree Scenic Area has become the only folk sacrifice holy place in the country with the theme of "root-seeking" and "ancestor worship", and its ancestor worship customs have also been included in the national intangible cultural heritage list.

In the ancestral hall in the scenic area, among the ten offering cabinets, there are 1230,<> tablets with the surnames of the ancestors of immigrants who worship the big locust tree. Many tourists will find the tablets of their ancestors here, offer incense, kneel and worship, and pay tribute, deeply feeling this shocking historical wave.

"Ask me where my ancestors are, the big locust tree in Hongdong, Shanxi." Here, every leaf and surname seems to be a family lineage, and their roots are thick and powerful to support the heavens and descendants.

"Before coming to the scenic spot, I wanted to explore the story of my family name and my family; But after learning about the history of the big locust tree, what impressed me more was our common 'home', which I think is the ancestral culture and the concept of family and country represented by the big locust tree. Ms. Hu, a tourist in the scenic spot, told reporters that she was excited by the endless roots and soul of the Chinese nation, and that the "big locust tree" should be planted in the hearts of every Chinese son.

On November 11, in Linfen, Shanxi, the interview group of the "Picturesque Rivers and Mountains" online theme publicity activity (Shanxi) explored the ice caves of Yunqiu Mountain in Xiangning County. The walls of the ice cave are full of ice, the ice body is strangely shaped, and during the walk, it is surrounded by the eternal ice body, as if you are in the "crystal palace". Photo by Gao Ruifeng

A natural miracle, an ice cave at a glance for millions of years

Also in Linfen, Shanxi, in the Yunqiu Mountain Scenic Area of Xiangning County, an even older story is being told in the frozen place.

Historically, Yunqiu Mountain has the reputation of "the most beautiful peak in Gusha" and "the first scenic spot in Hefen". At the end of 2020, after officially becoming a national 5A-level tourist attraction and the ninth 5A-level scenic spot in Shanxi, Yunqiu Mountain has gradually become another important label of Xiangning.

It is understood that in the past 10 years, Yunqiu Mountain Scenic Area has invested more than 27.<> billion yuan. With continuous investment, the scenic spot has extended from a single tourism format to homestay hotels, ice cave experience, extreme sports, ice and snow tourism and other fields.

Yunqiu Mountain has nine national ancient villages, the most famous is Talpo Ancient Village, which has a history of more than 2500,<> years. This ancient village was named after Lao Tzu Li Er once stayed - originally named "Taerpo", and later renamed "Taerpo".

The villagers have built courtyards along the mountain range, forming a rare ancient village group of caves in southern Jinnan, and the caves of stone and wood or brick and wood structure buildings with tiled roofs have been beaten by wind and rain for hundreds of years, and still transmit fireworks in the world, which is called "the living fossil of thousand-year-old residential architecture".

In the magical land of Yunqiu Mountain, a rare geological miracle in the world has been bred - an ice cave group with a history of more than 300 million years. The Yunqiu Mountain Ice Cave Group is one of the world's three major ice cave wonders, and it is also the largest natural ice cave group found in China.

"Give me 30 minutes, and I'll give you back 300 million years." As mentioned in the introduction of the scenic spot, the ice caves are ice all year round, and a curtain can cross a temperature difference of nearly 50 °C. The ice landscape in the cave has different shapes, like a dream, and it is so beautiful that it is like a fairyland on earth.

Previously, Xiangning County was often known to the outside world as the "hometown of coal", and the thousand-year-old glory and landscape hidden behind it are gradually rejuvenating industrial value in recent years. According to the staff of the scenic spot, during the holidays, the Yunqiu Mountain Scenic Area received more than 2,<> tourists in a single day.

The ancient village of Talpo in the Yunqiu Mountain Scenic Area. Photo by Zuo Yukun

The integration of culture and tourism, good scenery brings good days

At present, many places regard the cultural tourism industry as a "booster" for local economic growth. Backed by a long history and humanities, and a majestic mountain ecology, Shanxi has also quietly risen in the integrated development of culture and tourism, and struggled to break through the circle in the solution of industrial transformation.

The 2023 Shanxi Provincial Government Work Report proposes that Shanxi will develop all-for-one tourism and smart tourism, comprehensively improve the quality and service quality of scenic spots, and build an internationally renowned cultural tourism destination by building a cultural tourism brand and doing a good job in cultural tourism promotion and marketing.

In Shanxi's great cultural tourism map, Linfen is an important chapter. As one of the important birthplaces of Chinese civilization, Linfen carries a rich history and culture in the hinterland of North China and the key point of southern Shanxi, and is the direct root system of the towering tree of Chinese civilization.

In Linfen, a phrase that can be seen everywhere is "all travel is departure, and when we arrive in Linfen, we are going home", which has also become a common slogan to promote Linfen. As a major city of cultural and tourism resources in Shanxi Province, Linfen City relies on the resource endowment, location conditions and the status quo of the industrial base, and adheres to the principle of cultural and plastic tourism and tourism to promote culture. According to the data, during this year's Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day holiday, the city's scenic spots, key blocks, and cultural and tourism activities have received a total of 414.26 million tourists, driving consumption of 99.<> billion yuan in related industries.

"In recent years, the scenic spot has been upgraded to 5A, and the tourist road from the county seat to Yunqiu Mountain has also been opened. There are many tourists, and there is an annual income of more than 10,<> yuan from working in the scenic spot. Zhang Donghong and his wife, who sell soy products in the tofu workshop of Talpo Ancient Village, said.

"During the holidays, I don't dare to go to the restaurants I usually go to, because they are full and full of tourists from other places." The staff of the Hongdong Big Locust Tree Root-Seeking Ancestral Garden said.

The endless beautiful landscapes, the historical stories that you can't listen to, and the endless cultural feasts have become a new business card for the integration of culture and tourism in Linfen, injecting a steady stream of power into the comprehensive improvement and acceleration of Linfen's high-quality development. (ENDS)