Experience Hehe culture at Hehe Culture Park in Tiantai
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The "One rattan" exhibition hall at Hehe Culture Park in Tiantai houses nearly 1,000 relevant handicrafts. [Photo by Shen Zhongming for chinadaily.com.cn]
Hehe Culture Park in Tiantai, a county in Taizhou, East China's Zhejiang province, is an ideal place to explore Hehe culture.
Hehe culture integrates Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism, which spread from Tiantai to East Asia, Europe and America, affecting all parts of the world with its spiritual appeal.
The culture park was established by local private entrepreneur Shen Zhongming and his son Shen Shenggang, and it has now developed into a culture and tourism industry park featuring wedding celebrations, study tours, and Hehe cultural products.
Currently, Hehe Culture Park houses the first folk museum focusing on Hehe culture in China, with more than 3,000 exhibits, a wedding customs exhibition hall, and a "One rattan" exhibition hall.
Han Shan and Shi De, two symbols of Hehe culture, are worshiped as gods of marriage and happiness, leading to wedding customs becoming the most popular presentation of Hehe culture among local residents.
"One rattan" is a unique traditional wooden craftsmanship technique in Tiantai and another symbol of Hehe culture.
Shen Zhongming has also organized a group of designers to integrate the "One rattan" technique with modern furniture and launched a series of products in a bid to better preserve and promote the ancient technique.
Literature about Hehe culture collected by Shen Zhongming in Japan is on display at Hehe Culture Park. [Photo by Shen Zhongming for chinadaily.com.cn]
The wedding customs exhibition hall at Hehe Culture Park showcases traditional wedding ceremonies in Tiantai. [Photo by Shen Zhongming for chinadaily.com.cn]