B&R mural project launched in Tongguan
A project to produce a large-scale ceramic mural, to be fired in Tongguan, Changsha's iconic porcelain making town, was launched on Aug 8.
Upon completion in September, the mural will be shipped from Tongguan to Alashankou in Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, where it will be displayed at the city's railway station.
Depicting scenes inspired by the Belt and Road (B&R) Initiative, the large-scale mural will be divided into six parts and measure 3.5 meters high and 16 meters across.
Representatives from 106 countries attended the launch ceremony, including ceramicists, officials from Changsha and Alashankou, and international contestants of Chinese Bridge, a Chinese Proficiency Competition for College Students held in the Hunan province capital.
The Tongguan Kiln in Changsha has been one of the most famous ancient kilns in China for more than 1,000 years and played an important role in the ancient Maritime Silk Road.
The mural will feature the cultural aspects and civilizations of areas along the Belt and Road, highlighting Hunan province and Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.
Depicting aspects of the Belt and Road Initiative, the giant ceramic mural will be fired in Changsha's Tongguan town. [Photo by Wei Bo/icswb.com]
Gao Xiang, deputy director of the Alashankou publicity department said the city's railway station was the ideal place for the mural. "The railway station is the window opening to the world."
Alashankou borders Kazakhstan, and has long been a western gateway for China opening up to the rest of the world.
The city is also the last stop in China for the Chongqing-Xinjiang-Europe International Railway, also known as China Railway Express to Europe.
"Alashankou has been striving to develop into a pivot city in the construction of the new Asia-Europe economic corridor," Gao said. "We want to make the Uygur autonomous region a core area of the Silk Road Economic Belt."
Source: Changsha Evening News