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Nanxuan Cultural Park opens in Changsha

Updated: 2017-11-09

 

The Nanxuan Cultural Park and Nanxuan Academy in Guanshan village of Ningxiang county opened to the public on Nov 5, adding to Changsha's long list of cultural attractions.

 

The cultural buildings honor two philosophers from the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279), Zhang Jun and Zhang Shi. The accompanying Nanxuan Academy is currently under construction.

 

Zhang Shi, whose alias is Nanxuan, was a Neo-Confucianist who taught in Hunan province for years. Zhang Jun, father of Zhang Shi, is a well-known statesman and militarist of the time and held a high position in the government.

 

The cultural park covers 1,736 mu (115.73 hectares), and the whole project is comprised of two phases. The first phase includes Nanxuan Academy, Guanbu Bridge and Nuanxuan Road and the second phase will feature Gunshui Dam, Nuanxuan Lake and Ecological Island.

 

Nanxuan Cultural Park, located in Guanshan village of Ningxiang county, Changsha, opens to the public on Nov 5. [Photo by Li Guangjun/icswb.com] 

 

A major part of the park, Nanxuan Academy occupies an area of 100 mu (6.67 hectares) and is located at the foot of Luodai Mountain facing the Weishui River. The layout of the academy resembles a quadrangle courtyard with the memorial temple of Zhang Shi and Zhang Jun at its center.

 

Visitors can admire statues of the father and son at the temple and get an insight into the thoughts of the Zhangs with books and brochures on offer at the showroom.

 

The opening day coincides with the 850th anniversary of the discussion between Zhang Shi and another scholar Zhu Xi (1130-1200), when an academic event was also held at the academy. More than 80 experts from the US, Japan, Germany and China attended the event to participate in in-depth discussions on Nanxuan culture.

 

Chen Jiagu, head of Yuelu Academy, spoke highly of Zhang Shi's contribution to the development of Hunan culture. "The construction of Nanxuan Academy is an active practice of promoting traditional Chinese culture," Chen said.

 

Source: Changsha Evening News