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Museum records Yellow River culture

chinadaily.com.cn| Updated: April 14, 2023


The Nongsang Yulie Museum in Liangshan county [Photo/WeChat account: zgslzj]

In a village adjacent to the Heihumiao section of the Yellow River in Liangshan county in East China's Shandong province, there is a museum focusing on the local farming, fishing, and hunting culture that tells the story of people living near the Yellow River over multiple generations.

The museum owner is Liu Guangju, a retired teacher in the village, who is dedicated to the protection and inheritance of Yellow River culture. He has been collecting materials and items related to the Yellow River and local history for more than a decade. He built the museum, which contains nearly 1,000 items covering books, stone carvings, tools, furniture, as well as other items that are related to farming, fishing, and hunting culture in the Yellow River basin.


Exhibits at the museum [Photo/Liangshan News]

The museum has aroused great attention as Chinese civilization is based on its agricultural civilization, with farming culture being an important connotation of the ancient Yellow River culture.

Liu traveled to many places and collected information on the major diversions of the Yellow River. Out of nostalgia for the life of the Yellow River beach area in his childhood, he built two traditional residential houses in the style that people built their homes around the Yellow River in around the 1960s. He placed farming tools, bicycles, and furniture in the houses, which intuitively offered a realistic depiction of the unique living environment that residents of the Yellow River beach area enjoyed more than 60 years ago.

The contemporary value of Yellow River culture is definitely not only something presented in the museum, but also reflected in the daily work and life of people living around the Yellow River, Liu said.

"We can truly feel the most vivid memories of the lives of our predecessors," he added.


Exhibits at the museum [Photo/Liangshan News]