The Water Town of Wu Zhen: The Venice of China
Host: Hello, everyone, welcome to today’s selective trial for Wu Zhen promotion ambassador. I’m sunny. First, let’s look at a short video (播放影片) .The beautiful 6,500-year-old water town of Wu Zhen – the last resting-on-water town in China – is often called the “Venice of the East.” It
is a charming place full of ancient bridges, heritage hotels, boutiques and restaurants all built
around an amazing water network that is part of the Beijing-Hangzhou Canal, the longest canal in
the world. Now let’s welcome our three candidates(三位选手上台)，Nancy, Alice, and Lynn.
Welcome! Please introduce yourselves briefly.
A: I’m Nancy; I’m from Haining, a beautiful city next to Wu Zhen.
B; I’m Alice, I’m from Wu Zhen.
C: I’m Lynn, my hometown is also Wu Zhen
H: thank you for your self-introduction. First, let me introduce the procedures of the trial. There
are three sessions. Session1 is the impressions of Wu Zhen, session 2 is the Simulation Exercises
in which you are supposed to be a tour guide, and last session is introduce one cultural identity of
Wu Zhen. Am I clear?
H: ok, here we go! Session 1, the impression of Wuzhen, in this session you have one minute to
set forth your impression of Wu Zhen. Nancy, are you ready?
A: yes, over the past thousand years, Wu Zhen has not changed its name, water system or way of
life and the entire town is one of China’s most important cultural relics. It is literally a living
museum for an ancient civilization’s history, food and traditions.
H: thank you, Nancy, and Alice, what about you?
B: The buildings of Wu Zhen are all a century or more old, and built in the traditional wood and
stone architecture, with tile roofs. For centuries the local people of this area have been building
their homes and markets along the river’s edge, with stone railings and arched bridges connecting
the residential and village life. Spacious, beautiful courtyards are hidden by the thousands in
between the buildings, providing a delightful discovery at almost every turn.
H: thanks, it is your turn, Lynn.
C: In this ancient town there is plenty to do or nothing at all if your aim is to relax. The place is
quiet and serene, yet also offers wine bars, pottery and glass workshops, theaters and an open-air
film pavilion. Take in the delightful town from the water on a traditional wood boat, and stay in
one of the many luxurious hotels or guest accommodations in residents’ homes for a true taste of
Chinese village life.
H: ok. Let’s move to the next session--- the Simulation Exercises. Here are eight numbers, and each one represents an interesting place. You should choose one of them, and as tour guide to
introduce it. Before introducing it, you have 30 seconds to prepare. Nancy, which one do you
A: I would like choose number eight.
H: why do you choose number eight?
A: because 8 is my lucky number.
H: good luck! Ok, let’s see what the scenic spot is. You have 30 seconds, and the count down
has begun. Time’s up. Please begin now. A: this is Hundred Beds Museum, it is the first museum in China to collect and exhibit ancient
beds of the Jiangnan area, which holds dozens of typical old beds from the Ming and Qing
dynasties and modern times. The first hall exhibits a bed of Ming Dynasty. This bed used wooden
frames with simple shape and balanced proportion, emphasizing the line image and displaying a
lucid and lively style while giving full play of the color and vein of hard wood without carving but
original paint. The second hall houses some beds of the Qing Dynasty with qualified materials and
complicated techniques, which are among finest works of wood-engraving beds. Among them, the
Babu Thousand Workday Bed is most treasured. You can visit the Hundred Beds Museum and
reflect on the sound historic details borne by these beds-----praying for peace or more heirs. When
the bed can be engraved like this, the people must be peaceful and happy, and this was the ancient
Chinese people’s frame of mind. Host: thank you very much! It’s really a vivid description of
Hundred Beds Museum. People
won’t be able to help appreciating the broad and profound culture of China. Meanwhile, these beds reflected the superb craftsmanship of Chinese people as well as their inspiration and
imagination. Now, Alice, which one do you like? You have seven other choices.
B: I would like to choose number 5.
H: ok! Let’s look at the picture. 30 second’s countdown has begun. Please begin.
B: the former residence of Mao Dun built in the mid 19th century; he is a well-known Chinese
revolutionary writer. It was the Mao family home for many generations and witnessed the growth
of this great revolutionist and writer. In 1984, the former residence of Mao Dun was renovated and
extended, it opened to the public one year later. In 1988, it was listed as one of the Key State
Preserved Relic Units and in 1994 was renamed the Mao Dun Museum of the City of Tongxiang.
The house has three exhibition areas: 'Wuzhen, the Hometown of Mao Dun', 'the Way of Mao
Dun', and 'the Former Residence of Mao Dun (renovated)'. The present Mao Dun Museum can be
found to the east of the residence, which used to be Lizhi Shuyuan (Aspiration Academy) where
Mao Dun spent his early school years.
H: great! The former residence of Mao Dun is really worth visiting. And Lynn, what’s your
choice? You still have six choices.
B: I’d like to choose number 3.
H: let’s look at the screen together. 30 seconds’ countdown has begun. Lynn, it is your time now.
C: this is Bridge in Bridge. It was created by two ancient bridges, one of which is Tongji Bridge crossing the river from east to west and the other is called Renji Bridge running from south to north and joining the former at one end. While standing beside one bridge, you can see the other through the opening, just like looking at the moon in the well. Therefore, the two bridges are named “The Bridge in Bridge”. If you stand at the top of the bridge, you will take in everything at a glance----the water chambers, the Grand Canal winding to the north, the graceful Wenchang Pavilion, and the lofty White Lotus Tower reaching to the sky, all contributing to the superb bridge scene. The scene will be even more beautiful in the evening night.
H: yes,“The Bridge in Bridge” is the most impressive pair among ancient bridges in Wu Zhen.
Compared with twin bridges in other places, they also come first concerning their imposing manner and gainly shape. All of you make an excellent performance. Now, let’s move to the third
session. In this session, you are asked to describe one of cultural identities of Wu Zhen. Also start from A, what do you want to talk about?
A: I would like to talk about Sanbai wine, it is the liquor distilled from rice or sorghum, and it is made by hand in old-fashioned distilleries using the same methods that have been employed for centuries. Take a tour of the Sanbai Wine Workshop to watch the men cooking the liquor over wood fires and distilling them into old oak barrels. Dozens of pottery casks of the finished product are lined up in the courtyard and the thick, strong smell permeates the air – and you are invited to
taste or buy for yourself.
H: it must be delicious, if you have been here, don’t forget to have a try. Alice, what about you?
B: I enjoy the shadow play when I was a child. My father was a shadow play craftsman. So I learned the skills from him. Now I draw the shadows all by myself. The materials are cowhides. Firstly, the cowhides were processed in the factory until they turn transparent. After that, I draw the outline on the cowhides and color them. My shadow plays provided people with a lot of fun at that time. It is really interesting.
H: wow, amazing! Since time is limited, I hope we can have a chance to enjoy your wonderful show next time. Now Lynn, and you?
C: I like the Blue Calico most. It is elaborately made of pure cotton cloth, which is waved manually, through several processes of printing and dyeing techniques. People here have been fond of the blue calico for a long time. In early days, men tilled the land and women weaved cloth. However, there remained some surplus cloth, so women exchanged it for some oil, rice and vinegar. Sometimes, they found the white cloth lacked charm, so they dyed some flowers on it. According to our custom, when a woman is married off, she must bring a quilt covered by blue calico to her new home. The blue calico is also used to produce bed sheets and bedcovers.
H: thank you! I learn a lot from you. Ladies and gentlemen, you can vote for your favorite
candidate by text-message voting to 12332100 or online voting at www.wztpa.com. This is the end
of the first round; please keep your eyes on the second round, see you next week.