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The Silk Railroad: Moving with the tides

CGTN | Updated: 2018-09-05 09:33
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‍Fotang ancient town was once a hive of activity, bustling with as many as nine ports. It was part of the Qiantang River system that goes all the way to Hangzhou, 150-kilometers to the north, which then connects to Beijing through the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal.

Local resident makes a decoration product. [Photo/CGTN]

Local produce, like brown sugar, dates and ham, was exported to the rest from China. However, the town was most noted for one commodity – salt. During the peak of Fotang's prosperity, up to 500 ships would dock overnight.

As water routes have been replaced, this riverside port has had to find itself a new competitive edge. Fotang ancient town has found a way to preserve its trading heritage – manufacturing and selling traditional wedding items.

A wedding photo with bride and groom dressed in traditional outfits. [Photo/CGTN]

Traditional wedding accessories are still made by hand in Fotang ancient town. An item such as a traditional wedding couplet could take an experienced craftsman an hour to sew if not interrupted.

Even now a lot of young Chinese couples prefer to have a traditional style Chinese wedding in traditional Chinese outfits. Even with the increasing pace of life, there's still a market for nostalgia in China.

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