武汉一周双语推介 | This Week in News
Local manhole covers highlighted by UNESCO website
An article highlighting a series of manhole covers in Wuhan was posted recently on UNESCO's Creative Cities Network website, demonstrating the city's cultural features and strength in design.
The manhole covers, part of the "city badge of Han River" series, are made of ductile iron, copper and other materials. Their surface images are either multicolored or copper brown. Installed on scenic streets, the images depicted correspond to the landmarks of the streets. On the surface of each cover is a QR code which visitors can scan to learn stories related to these landmarks as well as information concerning water supply facilities and services in the city.
35-year Sino-German friendship linked by garden
On May 11, the classical Chinese garden "Yingqu Garden" in the style of the Chu culture on the Ruhr River in Duisburg, Germany, began a renovation which is expected to be completed in July.
The garden, which was built in 1987, receives about 800,000 visitors a year. It is very famous in Duisburg and even in Germany, and for many years has been a window into Chinese culture for the people of Duisburg. Over the years, it has become dilapidated. On Feb. 11 this year, 40 tonnes of construction materials for this ancient-style garden were transported by the China-Europe Freight Train (Wuhan) from Wuhan and arrived at the Duisburg Zoo at 8 p.m. on March 25 as scheduled after 42 days.
The restoration work will be completed before July and the German side said they plan to invite Wuhan friends back to the garden when the project passes inspections. Right now, Duisburg, Wuhan's sister city, is the first stop for 80 percent of trains coming from China to Europe and is one of the cities in Germany with the closest links to China.
Dunhuang relics to be exhibited
An exhibition featuring Dunhuang relics will open at Wuhan University's Wanlin Art Museum on May 18, International Museum Day. Two 10-meter-long large trucks loaded with more than a hundred precious cultural relics and four restored panoramic grottoes arrived at the campus of Wuhan University on the evening of May 6. The three-thousand-kilometer journey from the Mogao Grottoes (also known as the Thousand-Buddha Caves) took five days and nights.
Rare plum vases from Yuan dynasty on display
There are only two Yuan-dynasty blue and white plum vases featuring the story of "The Four Loves" (the four ancient scholars and their favorite plants) in the world. One of them is in the collection of Wuhan Museum and the other at Hubei Provincial Museum. For the first time ever, these two valuable 700-year-old treasures have been brought together at Wuhan Museum for a special exhibition, narrating their stories to the public.
Blue and white porcelain pieces made in the Yuan dynasty are deemed the best of the best. There are only around 400 such pieces found in the world, and among them, the ones depicting human figures and their related stories are even rarer. The free exhibition lasts three months, during which lectures on and guided tours of the two plum vases will be organized.
Wuhan Metro 'passport'
From April 23 to June 5, Wuhan Metro offers "metro passports" at 10 stations. After receiving them for free, visitors can get their passports stamped at the service centers of 19 stations. Each stamp features a fancy pattern of the landscape near the corresponding station. Apart from this official "passport," travelers can also bring their own booklet to collect the stamps.
4月23日至6月5日，武汉地铁在10个站点设置了“地铁护照”。游客免费领取后，可以在19个站的服务中心进行集章打卡。每一个站点的印章样式都是附近有代表性的风景，除了把精美的印章打在官方护照上，还可以自行带本子收藏。 (Edited by Zheng Xiaoan)