By Wing Tan
BEIJING, March. 16 (Xinhuanet) -- Located in the southwestern tip of the city, Fengjing water town boasts a history of more than 1,500 years. Local farmers drink homemade yellow rice wine, wear homespun cloth, paint pictures on clay ovens and make paper-cuttings to decorate windows and lanterns for festivals.
Known as the birthplace of the Jinshan farmer paintings, the art village in Fengjing Old Town displays an array of paintings created by farmer artists from Shanghai and Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces.
The Museum of Folk Marriage Traditions was recently opened and is free to visitors.
Located near the village’s 700-year-old Zhihe Bridge and covering an area of more than 400 square meters, the museum displays more than 600 folk marriage items from the late Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) to the early 1990s.
These include a bridal sedan chair, beautifully carved wedding beds, red-painted nightstools, camphorwood chests, big red wedding dresses and various marriage certificates from different times.
In Fengjing, visitors can also relive childhood memories through various games, including spinning tops, hoop rolling, paper-fold planes, rubber band skipping and hunt-the-thimble.
Visitors to Fengjing can get a town passport. If they can collect all the stamps of the water town's 11 scenic spots, such as the former residence of the artist Cheng Shifa and the old East Region Fire Station, they receive a gift.
In addition, urban day-trippers can take a bite of authentic Jinshan snacks such as egg cake, flat-pan fried buns and shaomai — a kind of dumpling made of sticky rice and pork.
(Source: Shanghai Daily)