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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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Horizontal Inscribed Board Custom

Horizontal inscribed board(匾额习俗), also known as flat forehead, plaque, is an ancient Han Chinese folk culture. In history, plaques with its changeful style, excellent calligraphy art, and the spectacular mutual reflect become an integral part of the building. At the same time, the plaque as a kind of life custom also formed a certain system and form of expression. So it was widely circulated in China, as a kind of pleased emperors and plebeian inhabitants share, the Han nationality and minority share, the mainland and Taiwan area coexist, embodies highly characteristic of the Han nationality customs.

The production process of the plaque is the Han folk comprehensive art exhibition. Its production techniques by long-term accumulation and evolution, formed the characteristics of verses , ditties , odes and songs, calligraphy, sculpture, painting, printing, and so on many kinds of art forms. It is the epitome of the beauty of Chinese language and the process of the beauty.

A good piece of plaques can be not only appreciated to concise and vivid character, but also perfectly represent the elegance of calligraphy, calligraphers and carve out meticulously design series. It is a language art, calligraphy, and painting, sculpture art aesthetic, which has a very high artistic value, cultural value, social value and historical value. Plaques can have the unsurpassed beauty of a generation, not only because it contains artistic creation, also is that it integrates the folk plaque artists’ proficient skills and hard work. It is the combination of the literati and the dual advantage of craftsmen skills form.

Plaque custom has a long history, which can be dated back to the Qin and Han dynasties. It can be divided into vertical and horizontal tablet plaque and the material can be divided into wood, stone and metal. Plaque inscription itself generally contains the text and the inscription and the inscription includes the title plaque who were affected by plaque, plaque stand, and sometimes in high places who seal the title plaque. Plaque produced numerous shapes, including sculpture, ash heap, illuminated, list of books, they are colorful, decorative and flexible, and can truthfully show's title plaque calligraphy skill. So much plaque stand on top of the building to play a finishing touch.

Along with the acceleration of social modernization process, custom plaques were in danger: the older person who inherited from the last generation are either burden pressure from life or not to change professions, the younger generation of plaque are lack of understanding, the art heritage is in danger of dried up. The custom is imminent and the protection board is urgently needed. It is not only necessary to inherit excellent national cultural tradition, but also carry forward the national spirit, promote the reunification of the motherland, make a positive contribution to the construction of a harmonious society.

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