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Southern Chinese provinces battle torrential rains, flooding




Southern Chinese provinces battle torrential rains, flooding

2024-06-18 18:52 Last Updated At:19:07

Torrential rains have inundated parts of the southern Chinese provinces of Fujian, Guangxi, and Guangdong, triggering severe flooding and prompting urgent rescue and relief operations.

In Guangze County of Fujian Province, heavy rain began at 06:00 on Tuesday, leading to peak flood water levels between 230.4 and 230.9 meters, or 1.9 to 2.4 meters above the warning levels. This resulted in extensive urban water-logging and trapped many residents.

The Chinese People's Armed Police Force unit in the area was promptly dispatched to the scene, equipped with over 100 pieces of rescue equipment, including assault boats, rubber boats, and life jackets, to carry out rescue operations and assist in the transfer of affected individuals and the transport of supplies.

The officers and soldiers conducted swift investigations and focused on reinforcing the defense of geological disaster sites, such as slopes, buildings, and areas prone to landslides, to prevent further damage. By 08:00 on Tuesday, the combined efforts of rescue teams had successfully evacuated 69 people who were trapped.

In Jianning County of Fujian Province, heavy rain on Monday caused urban water-logging and power outages. Local departments quickly dispatched emergency personnel to address the situation.

In Guangxi Province, Luocheng Mulao Autonomous County experienced heavy rain, with 33 weather stations recording 24-hour precipitation between 100 mm to 250 mm, and the maximum rainfall of 202 mm in the area's Tianhe Town.

Local traffic police cleared debris from flooded roads and guided vehicles away from danger, while emergency services worked to evacuate people from low-lying areas. Schools were temporarily closed to ensure student safety.

In Guangxi's Guilin Ziyuan County, the orange heavy rain warning was upgraded to red on Monday -- the highest one in a four-tier system -- and a third-level emergency response for flood disasters was initiated. Local personnel actively organized flood control measures.

In Binyang County of Guangxi, two individuals were rescued by the local fire department after being trapped by a flash flood in Gutuo Village in Litang Town, following days of heavy rain.

In the neighboring Guangdong Province, Meizhou City has been hit by heavy rain since Sunday.

Although the rain has temporarily weakened, some low-lying villages remain flooded. Residents were evacuated to safe locations, and the water level, which had peaked at 85.60 meters at 04:25 Monday -- 5.6 meters above the warning level -- has since receded.

Southern Chinese provinces battle torrential rains, flooding

Southern Chinese provinces battle torrential rains, flooding

Innovative approaches breathe new life into the millennium-old Pingyao lacquerware handicraft techniques, promoting the protection and preservation of these varnished lacquerwares in the ancient city of Pingyao in north China's Shanxi Province.

This hand-polished lacquerware unique to Pingyao is recognized as one of the four representative lacquerwares of China.

The art form dates back more than 1,200 years to the Tang Dynasty (618-907). As the ancient town became a national financial center in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), Pingyao's hand-polished lacquer art, fueled by the huge demand from wealthy bankers, reached its peak.

The Pingyao lacquerware of northern Shanxi Province was among the first batch to be listed as national intangible cultural heritages in China in 2006. Lacquerware refers to objects decoratively covered with lacquer. The varnished Pingyao lacquer wares are made of natural raw lacquer unique to China and varnished using a special hand technique. Then through embedding, sculpting, carving, mosaics and colored painting, the lacquer ware is decorated with patterns of mountains and waters, flowers and birds, figures and pavilions. Finally ornaments made of copper are installed, and the varnished lacquer wares are carefully finished.

A craftsman must learn painting for at least four years and master the basic painting skills before he or she could make lacquer ware.

"It is renowned for its three-dimensional feature, resembling three-dimensional buildings and stones rather than being planar," said Xue Shengjin, a master artist and also an inheritor of the national-level intangible cultural heritage.

From the perspective of craftsmanship, a notable feature of Pingyao lacquerware is the final polishing performed with the palm of the hand.

"The longer it is polished, the brighter this piece of handicraft becomes. It requires half an hour of polishing," said Hou Gang, a craftsman of the Pingyao lacquerware.

In recent years, the creative scope of Pingyao lacquerware has extended to a diverse range of objects, such as exquisite jewelry boxes, cutlery, pendants, folding screens, furniture, and ornamental vases.

"This is a new bag I want to create this time through our unique Pingyao's hand-polished lacquer art. Additionally, I plan to use 3D printing technology to assemble some of its components," said Li Rui, another inheritor of Pingyao's hand-polished lacquerware art.

"The inheritance of intangible cultural heritage craft has no shortcuts. It relies on step-by-step teaching. So far, we have trained nearly 300 lacquer artisans. Adhering to the principles of pure handicraft techniques and the use of natural materials, we hope to exert our utmost efforts as inheritors to ensure the continuous development of Pingyao's lacquerware handicraft techniques," said Xue Xiaodong, a master artist, also an inheritor of Pingyao's hand-polished lacquerware art.

During the summer holiday period, the intangible cultural heritage experience program in ancient city of Pingyao has attracted young visitors from all over the country to explore its history and culture. A local inheritor of the craft skillfully has sowed the seed of intangible cultural heritage in children's hearts.

Innovations breathe new life into millennium-old Pingyao lacquerware handicraft techniques

Innovations breathe new life into millennium-old Pingyao lacquerware handicraft techniques

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