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Cultural Empowerment to Create the Most Beautiful Scenery

 in Ningbo - the Cultural Chapter of "In the Thousands of Miles of Haitang Travel, the Reporters Look for Change"

Located in the middle of Houhaitang in Zhenhai District, Wanghai Tower. (Photo by Feng Liang) In September, autumn is crisp. At the ruins of Houhai Pond, located in the north of Zhenhai District, the wind blew the last trace of heat that night, climbing to the top of Jinzi

Mountain, overlooking the pond with rows of houses and buildings, and outside the pond is a new area under development. Originally built in the Tang Dynasty, this sea pond was originally used as a barrier to wind, water and moat, and has now become a patriotic education base in Ningbo and a tourist attraction for guests at home and abroad.

Traveling along Taoyuan East Road, Guanhaiwei Town, Cixi City, the two sides of the road are lined with greenery, and new hospitals, cultural and sports centers, and convenience service centers come into view. It is hard to imagine that this was once the site of the official repair Haitang - Dagutang in Ningbo with an exact construction time (7th year of the Song Qing calendar, 1047).

"Haitang Record", a vivid footnote to Ningbo's "Chao culture"

"The Great Ancient Pond was repeatedly built and destroyed, and after 340 years, it was finally connected into a line, with a total length of 160 kilometers. With the vicissitudes of the sea and the changes in the fields, it is difficult to find traces of the Great Ancient Pond today, and only the only original remains remain on the Guanhaiwei side. Pointing to the remains of a 100-meter-long large ancient pond on the north side of Taoyuan East Road, Jiang Ke, the water conservancy facilities operation center of the Cixi City Water Conservancy Bureau, told reporters.

The Haitang site on the south bank of Hangzhou Bay is a treasure among the ancient Haitang ruins in China, its content form is very rich, the scale is large and spectacular, there are more than 20 remains, and it was praised as the "open-air sea pond museum" by Chen Qiaoyi, a famous geographer and tenured professor of Zhejiang University in China.

"Sea pond + culture", a hundred flowers bloom

The smell of the sea fills the air, and countless fishing boats are moored in the harbor... In Xiangshan Shipu Old Street, there are many old houses and monuments, and the imprints of the life left by the ancestors of the fishing port are vividly remembered.

According to historical records, in the Ming Dynasty, the eastern coast was plagued by the Wokou, and in order to strengthen the defense, the local magistrate of Shipu recruited skilled craftsmen to build castle walls and sea ponds around the original villages, and opened up water gates.

"Haitang not only protects against wind and waves, but also inherits the pioneering spirit of thousands of years of Ningbo people with firm faith, hard work, unity and love, and selfless dedication." Pan Jiaping, author of the reportage "East Sea Soul" and former deputy director of the Propaganda Department of the Ninghai County Party Committee, said.

"The soul of Ningbo city is water culture, and the core of water culture is inseparable from Haitang." According to Shen Jimin, president of Ningbo Water Culture Research Association, behind each sea pond, there are "contained" different historical stories, with unique cultural heritage, and has become a beautiful landscape of modern port city

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