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Ningbo Museum of Rice Culture is awarded National Food Security Publicity and Education Base

On October 12, the third batch of National Food Security Publicity and Education Bases were announced, and Ningbo Museum of Rice Culture was listed among them, marking a breakthrough of zero in this area in Ningbo. 

The food security publicity and education base works on the popularization of scientific knowledge on food security, food culture, good traditions and development achievements of the industry. It also undertakes social practice, cooperation and exchange, and thematic presentations concerning food security education. On 28 September, National Food and Strategic Reserves Administration and four other departments confirmed the third batch of 70 national food security publicity and education bases, including the Ningbo Museum of Rice Culture, and released an announcement on the official website for two weeks. 

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Book on Ningbo dialect published

“Learning Ningbo Dialect”, a monograph on Ningbo dialect, was recently published by Shanghai University Press. The book, with a record of the features of contemporary Ningbo dialect, is not only a popular textbook for learning Ningbo dialect, but also a collection of fresh corpus of the dialect.

Qian Meng, the author of this book, is a native of Ningbo. In his early years, he studied for a master’s degree on Chinese Dialects in the Chinese Department of Shanghai University, under the guidance of Professor Qian Nairong, a famous linguist. His master’s thesis is on the grammar of Ningbo dialect, and he has also published such papers as “SOV Sentence Pattens in Ningbo Dialect”.

The book has 20 lessons, covering words, sentences and proverbs in all aspects of social life in Ningbo, with the content of each lesson closely combined with the local life scenes and folk customs. For example, “red and green colors are most beautiful, and fish and meat

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The song “Ningbo Dialect” released

On the afternoon of August 23, the song “Ningbo Dialect”, with its lyrics in Ningbo native dialect, was officially released. Compared with the dialect songs adapted from popular songs in the past, this new song is characteristic of the original “Ningbo accent”.

The song is written by Lin Bo, composed by Wang Ping, produced by Wang Shaohong, and delivered by Yang Yang and Wang Ping. It uses the original Ningbo dialect and adds the elements of Ningbo horse lantern tune and Quyi allegro, with a bright rhythm and. The words not only reflect the customs and people’s feelings, but also have a proper sense of humor, showing the unique charm of Ningbo dialect.

“Non-natives get to know Ningbo dialect mostly from local folk art works in Ningbo. Quyi culture is one of the important carriers to expand the influence of Ningbo dialect, and the relationship between them is inseparable. How can local folk art live without dialects?” said Wang Ping, composer and singer of “Ningbo Dialect”. Dialect is an important label of local culture. Making and singing more local dialect songs enable more young people to understand local characteristic culture, and it is also a kind of connecting efforts of the

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“Memories of Matsuko” to be performed in Ningbo

On the evening of September 10 and 11, the stage play “Memories of Matsuko” will be staged at the Grand Theater of Ningbo Culture Plaza. The play is directed by Zhao Miao, planned by Jiang Fangzhou and starred by Zhang Jingchu. It is adapted from the Japanese film of the same title. Zhang Jingchu is considered to be “the most suitable candidate for Matsuko”. For the performance, she completed new challenges step by step with the persistence and exquisite acting skills of a successful actress, endowed the character with new vitality, and let the audience experience the unique charm of the “Chinese version of Matsuko”. Meanwhile, as a work focusing on women’s fate, this play also brings together female creators in the fields of literature and art: Jiang Fangzhou serves as its literary planner, and mural artist Wen Na as designer of its derivative articles. They will work together to present the character of Matsuko in their minds from different positions and perspectives.

During the three-and-a-half-hour performance, there will be 20 umbrellas, 25 professions, over 40 raincoats, over 60 pairs of shoes, over 100 characters, over 130 sets of clothes, and over 200 props at hand on the stage, and the shortest dressing time is only 7 seconds.

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Ningbo's economy in the first half of 2021

As the "locomotive" of national economic development, the report card of 23 cities with a GDP exceeding one trillion yuan in the first half of 2021 is quite noticeable.

In the "Trillion Club", Ningbo ranks 12th with a regional GDP of RMB664.06 billion. The GDP growth rate of 13.1% is tied for 10th with Chengdu.

In the first half of the year, Ningbo performed well in terms of GDP growth, total industrial output value, total foreign trade import and export, and industrial investment.

Among the 23 cities with a GDP exceeding one trillion yuan, Ningbo's GDP in the first half of the year happened to be in the middle. Fortunately, in the first half of the year, the added value of Ningbo's secondary industry reached RMB312.82 billion, ranking 7th; the growth rate reached 16.70%, ranking 6th

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