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Eulogies of Wu

Permanence Exhibition
I Hall , 2nd Floor in WuZhong Museum

Wu Culture is an indispensable component of Chinese Civilization, founded in Central Plains culture, integrating the energies of the Wu lands and the essence of Jiangnan, forming a unique appearance and nourishing its distinct cultural content. ‘Delicate Tones of Wu Language’ describe the story of the people of the land, depicts the imagery of Jiangnan, transmits poems and essays by former worthies, and praises the overall construction of a cultural panorama in the hills and rivers and characters of Wu.

Delicate Tones of Wu Language

“Jing (Mirror) Lake for three-hundred miles, lotus bulbs burst with lotus flowers. In the fifth month, Xi Shi picked them, and spectators crammed Ruoye Brook. She’d returned on her boat less than a month when she was brought to the Yue King’s home.” (Li Bai’s ‘Wu Songs of Lady Ziye’)

“The curvy moon on the Nine Provinces shines, some families delight and others opine. Some husbands and wives share a bed, and maybe some are separated and lay heads down elsewhere?” (Wu song collected and edited by Feng Menglong)

The delicate tones of Wu language lie in the ‘inseparable thickness’ of local accents and local longing.

The core of Wu language is the Taihu (Lake Tai) subgroup of Wu, which is also the most influential branch. The subgroup is centered on the Tai Lake and spread across the vast geography of south Jiangsu, north Zhejiang and Shanghai.

The Taihu subgroup can be further subdivided into Piling (Changzhou), Suzhou-Shanghai-Jiaxing, Zhaoxi (Huzhou), Hangzhou, Linshao (Lin’an, Fuyang, Xiaoshan, Tonglu, Jian’de (east of Xiabao and Qiantan), Shengzhou, Xinchang, Shangyu, Yuyao (outside of Hemudu Township and others in the east), Cixi (excluding Guanhaiwei Township and others in the east) and Yiwu (Dachen Township) and Yongjiang (Ningbo, Yuyao (including Hemudu Township and others in the east), Cixi (including Guanhaiwei Township and others in the east), Qin County, Fenghua, Ningbo (Xidian Town and others in the north), Xiangshan (excluding Hepu and Shipu and other towns/ townships in the south), Zhenhai, Zhoushan, Daishan, and Shengsi. There exist five additional subgroups in Wu.

Former Wu Worthies

Wu has a nearly inexhaustible number of homegrown celebrities, and an even greater number of renowned individuals left traces in Wu. With outstanding personnel and an inspiring environment, no remains or relic of Wu still scattered across the area fails to sing a gentle hymn to the profound emotions engendered by such figures for these lands.

Hymns and Eulogies of Wu

This is an unending transmission. The long river of history has coursed to the present, with Wu’s residents continuing to tell their own stories of Wu in their local accents.