Learning modern values from historical figures

Over a dozen of downtown cultural sites were listed as centers for citizens to cultivate moral characters on Monday.
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Sun Jihai (middle), a Shanghai-style paper-cutting master, showcases a piece of paper cut work displaying traditional Chinese virtues at an event to encourage residents to cultivate their moral characters in Xuhui District.

Over a dozen of downtown cultural sites were listed as centers for citizens to cultivate moral characters on Monday.

Fifteen sites were unveiled in Xuhui District, including the former residences of Soong Ching Ling, wife of Dr Sun Yat-sen, and celebrities such as writer Ba Jin, playwright Ke Ling and cartoonist Zhang Leping, as well as the community school, art gallery and district library.

Residents are encouraged to visit these sites to learn more about the character of the celebrities. Most of the sites have free admission.

A number of activities, including guided walks, concerts and recitals will be held.

An exhibition, “Music and Dance Scenes in the Dunhuang Murals,” converts the floor of Xuhui museum into a replica of a Dunhuang cave.

To the music of pipa, sheng, xun and other Chinese instruments, a holographic dancer with a waist drum from a mural painted during the Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907) is conjured up.

"The exhibition involves traditional etiquette which can help visitors improve their own manners through the wisdom of ancestors," said Tang Liqing, curator of the exhibition.

The exhibition at 1413 Huaihai Road is free to enter. English language guides are available.

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