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We had an absolutely perfect day with our tour guide - Rogin Luo - who took us for a hike along The Great Wall! Didn't know what to expect and were thrilled to have him as our guide. Very imformative, knowledgable and fun! We go to experience a part of The Great Wall that was unrestored and see all its natural beauty. Got a long history lesson along the way!

After the hike, we all went to lunch at a small place at the bottom of the hill. Located in a house, we ate lunch in the proprietors bedroom! What a hoot! Rogin is the Best of the Best! This tour company delivered for us and we are extremely grateful.

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Malu Bamboo Weaving Skills

Malu bamboo weaving art (马陆篾竹编织技艺) is a kind of characteristic of Shanghai Jiading handicraft. It is an important part of Shanghai culture. As an art with a long history, Malu can completely represent the highest level of Shanghai bamboo weaving. Malu bamboo woven has developed from bamboo basket and other life everyday items all the way to the needle and thread, bamboo plate and some exquisite craft appreciation, etc., and has maintained its exquisite workmanship and beautiful style, the characteristics of which is cheap and fine.

Malu bamboo weaving originated from the late Ming dynasty and it has three hundred years of history. Malu bamboo weaving is a specialty of handicraft in Jiading. At that time, the Xu couple moved from Taihu lake Dongting Dongshan to Jiading, and did bamboo weaving for a living. Gradually there formed a village, called Luoxing village. Because bamboo weaving is related to people's life, so it developed very quickly.

At the beginning of the republic of China and the late Qing dynasty, the areas from the south gate to Shigang became the famous bamboo weaving street. The families on both sides of the street, men and women, old and young almost all engaged in woven bamboo for a living. Establishment of varieties in addition to the daily production, articles for daily use, they also have the process of the value of the basket of flowers, decoration, toys, etc.

From the 13 to 20 years of the republic of China, the bamboo products annual sales reached about one hundred and fifty thousand yuan. Most of the products were exported by the Shanghai, Suzhou, Tianjin and the northern Zhejiang bamboo diversion and parts. After the liberation, the government supported the bamboo weaving industry. In August 1951 Shigang costumes of bamboo cooperatives, happiness of bamboo production cooperatives were set up one after another.

However, with the development of the society and the process of urban construction, the lack of land resources make Malu peasant shortage of raw material of bamboo weaving, or even want to go elsewhere to buy bamboo to bamboo processing. As Malu bamboo is hand weaving, bamboo weaving gradually decrease and bamboo work has very little profit. At the same time, mechanism of production of bamboo container and plastic products gradually replaced the handmade bamboo products. So, the craftsmanship of traditional folk predicament gradually faded away. In 20 or 30 s of the last century, Jiading bamboo weaving has reached its zenith. But now it can only be found in several corners of the Zongfang village. And those who engaged in the field of bamboo weaving are some elders.

Malu bamboo weaving has important cultural value. First of all, as a kind of important cultural carrier, it has played a huge role in the continuation of the bamboo weaving civilization. At the same time it is also one of the Chinese civilization heritage carrier.
Secondly, in terms of international exchange, elaborate bamboo weaving crafts are often precious gift in the international exchange for foreign guests.
Finally, Malu bamboo weaving has complex production process, every work and requirements are very high. The production craft is the Chinese working people's wisdom crystallization for a long time, and hard to be replaced by modern technology. In the time of the plastic utensils tyrannize, bamboo weaving system equipment can bring you a healthy life what plastic utensils cannot bring people. Bamboo weaving is green environmental protection product and it is an extremely valuable historical heritage.

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