The ancient town of Water Station continues the legend of the canal

2022-08-06 0 By

● Not long ago, Dongguang County Lianzhen was selected as the fifth batch of historical and cultural towns in Hebei Province.How to inherit and protect canal culture in this ancient town based on canal?While protecting the World cultural heritage Xiejiaba, a new hydraulic Wisdom Museum will be built to “animate” the canal culture through physical objects, texts, pictures and models.Canal cuisine in generations of people adhere to the innovation, unique flavor;Relying on the existing historical and cultural relics, the canal culture, business culture, food culture, folk culture, etc., to reproduce the style of the ancient canal town.Listen to the story of the canal of Lianzhen — the one hundred year old Nuomi Dam tells the legend of hydraulic engineering. Spring has just arrived, and the vegetation has not yet turned green.Standing in the east of the town of five streets, six streets at the junction of the canal embankment road looked at Xiejiaba, that crescent shaped yellow embankment, more vicissitudes of life.Walking slowly down the river slope, I came to the dam and rubbed the rammed earth of more than 100 years, instantly feeling its firmness and stability.What function did the dam serve in the days of the canal’s flood?Why indestructible?In order to uncover the “mystery”, the town government staff took reporters into the hydraulic wisdom museum located in the east side of diding Road.Standing next to a live-action model, the worker pointed to two flowing rivers and said, “This is a curve and that is straight. Obviously, the water flows slowly in the curve.In the past, ancient people used curved canals to slow the flow of water, but the slower the flow, the more likely it is to deposit silt and cause the river to burst its banks.Xiejiaba is in such a dangerous section, the river dike often burst, the people along its suffering.In the late Qing Dynasty, the Xie Family, a gentleman in Liancheng town, donated money and organized manpower to make porridge with glutinous rice, and mixed clay and clay to build a dike. Since then, the dike has not broken here.The dam was named ‘Xie Jiaba’ in honor of Squire Xie.”Before walking to the profile of Xiejiaba, the ramming structure is clearly visible: the bottom layer of the dam is stacked with cypress;Above, fill with stones;The upper layer is rammed with sticky rice paste and lime soil.”Want to see how strong a rammed earth wall is?””The worker asked, pointing to a rammed earth test wall.The reporter picked up the hammer and hit it hard, but the wall did not move.”In 2012, when the government was repairing Xiejiaba, workers drilled holes with electric drills. It took a long time to drill only one hole, and it was even more difficult to pull out the drill.We can see how smart and difficult it was to build this dam with manpower 100 years ago.”Walking in the museum, listening to the staff introduced the historical origin and construction technology of the dam along the canal, the reporter was more impressed by the dam.Now that it has retired, xiejiaba, which stands on the banks of the Grand Canal, is embracing The Times and telling the story of the canal’s past in a new way.The newly built hydraulic wisdom Museum tells the legend of canal hydraulic engineering in the form of physical objects, texts, pictures and models.The neat and flat road at the top of the canal embankment, the picturesque coastal villages, and the World cultural heritage Xiejiaba, which contains the soul of the canal, are full of new vitality, which makes people along the canal and tourists from all over the world love her more and get closer to her.Since the new factory was put into use more than 3 months ago, the white strip chicken cleaning by machine instead of manual, frying equipment automatic temperature control, municipal intangible cultural heritage, Dongguang Li Wenhuan roast chicken sixth generation successor Li Yong, daily workload reduced a lot, but he still stuck in the workshop all day long.Near noon, when all the white-striped chickens were washed and dried, it was time for Li Yong to “cook”.The oil in the pot was just smoking, and he quickly put the white chicken in.The hot oil made a sound of “sizzling” and “spluttering” when it touched the chicken. Li Yong stood staring at the pot and heard his grandfather’s words: “Once the skin of the chicken turns golden, remove it quickly.Whether the color of roast chicken is beautiful, the key is in this link.”Next to, the pot of soup bubbling, Li Yong turned with a strainer to skim the floating foam, the fried chicken code in the pot, good pressure grate, with good materials, the fire boiled for 1 hour, then with a small fire braised overnight, the next morning at two or three o ‘clock, the roast chicken out of the pot.Chickens, local roosters with red hair and black legs;Brine soup, to use soup;Ingredients in the soup, carefully proportioned for Chinese herbs…Li Yong, who worked as a helper for his family since childhood, has been familiar with these tips, especially the one his grandfather told him: “Never let the old craft passed down for so many years be broken.”This is the biggest motivation for Li Yong to take over the burden without hesitation after graduating from junior high school.Li Yong told reporters: “LISTEN to my grandfather told me that my ancestors in the Ming and Qing Dynasties in the royal dining room to do royal banquet, the best is roast chicken.In the past, the ‘Ding Zi Jie’ not far to the north of Xiejiaba was a wharf, which was called ‘Old Dragon head’.There the merchants, ships, my ancestors there to sell roast chicken, is to rely on the grand Canal this’ conveyor belt ‘, my roast chicken has been exported to all over the world.”With the continuous promotion of the Grand Canal cultural belt in our city, Li Yong inherits the cooking skills of roast chicken, but also has a pair of responsibilities.He felt that local cuisine was also an important part of the Grand Canal culture, and in 2020, after more than half a year of planning, he designed a cultural label for the product — “Canal love”.Li Yong pointed to the label and said that the winding river symbolizes the trend of the Lianzhen section of the Grand Canal.The trees along the coast reflect the beautiful surroundings;One person boating on the canal, implying that the canal flows from history to the new era in the protection and inheritance.He also wants to increase the content related to the canal culture of Lianzhen on the product packaging, so as to inherit the food culture and canal culture together.The grand Canal has not only brought economic prosperity, but also spawned a unique food culture.Nowadays, in Lianzhen, in addition to Li Wenhuan roast chicken, Wen Jia shao bing, Wang Jia peanuts, so you 馇 and other century-old flavor, with the persistence and innovation of generations, let people taste a unique “canal on the tongue”.The walls are patchy and peeling, the roof is rusted, and only bare soil can be seen in the sunken circular sink.A few miles to the north of the Hydraulic Wisdom Museum, on the east side of canal Dike Road, a semi-underground building stands out.Town government staff told reporters that this is a railway water supply, built in 1908.At that time, the trains were steam locomotives. Coal was used to boil water to make steam to drive the trains.Therefore, when the Japanese built the Jinpo Railway, they built a water supply station and a water tower at the same time.From then on, canals and railways were connected to water towers by water stations.With the closure of the canal, the water supply gradually fell into disuse.This water supply station witnessed the prosperity of land and water transportation in Lianzhen, and it is also a powerful witness of the Japanese invasion of China.Lian Town, also known as “Lotus Nest town”.The grand Canal runs through the town, and the villages on both sides expand and connect to form a whole. The word “lian” derives from this.Along with the Grand Canal and flourishing town, known as “merchants gathered, eight directions thoroughfare,” said.The development of Lianzhen has witnessed the great changes of the Grand Canal, and has been given a new mission of The Times.Today, when walking along the canal river, there is no trace of the wharfs that the old people call flood and drought, but the historical relics left in the market place can still make people feel the unique charm of this ancient canal town.The mosque on the sixth Street of Lianzhen has been more than one hundred years old, which is the testimony of hui and Han nationality unity.An ancient locust tree of more than 500 years stands in the courtyard of a resident in The seventh street of Lianzhen, witnessing the development and changes of the ancient town.Walk between touch, each historic site, is a wonderful story in the canal.The relevant person in charge of the town government said that they will rely on Xiejiaba and hydraulic wisdom museum, in-depth excavation of the Canal culture, commerce and trade culture, food culture, folk culture, etc., fully relying on the existing historical and cultural relics, reappear the elegant demeanor of the important commercial port town and canal ancient town of Lianzhen.Source: Cangzhou Daily Reporter: Qi Jie Correspondent: Zhu Linlin Meng Yue Yu Cheng Photography: Chen Lei