A reading contest and special exhibition on traditional family values recently opened at the newly-inaugurated Shijiazhuang Children's Park in north China's Hebei Province.
The park was founded by the publicity department of Shijiazhuang Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), the Municipal General Office for Guiding Cultural and Ethical Progress, and Shijiazhuang Women's Federation.
Its main aim is to carry forward core socialist values and improve social customs, say organizers.
The park features displays on various mottoes and stories about family culture and education. Exhibits at the park entrance present slogans reminding people to strengthen ethics and morality among young people and improve their social environment.
A circular wall at the center of the park is decorated with wooden sculptures illustrating concepts from the ancient text Master Chu's Homilies for Families.
Near a rockery in the park, pillars form a "cultural corridor" and display couplets by famous personalities from the past, encouraging people to be kind, progressive and self-restrained.
A notice board on the lawn also demonstrates old quotes which tell visitors to be equipped with diligence, loyalty and frugality.
Besides, the park has three pavilions inspired by three ancient stories on family education.
Authorities also set up a themed indoor exhibition consisting of four parts, which present family culture in ancient, modern and contemporary times; and, a display about women.
The content on show features the stories of family education in the households of historic Party and State leaders such as Mao Zedong, Zhou Enlai, Liu Shaoqi and Zhu De; and, eminent figures including space scientist Qian Xuesen and translator and art critic Fu Lei.
Since the 18th CPC National Congress in 2012, the CPC Central Committee with Chinese President Xi Jinping as the core leader has promoted the construction of the socialist spiritual civilization and carried forward positive family virtues and fine family culture, said officials.
The Female Family Culture Pavilion presents the ideas of famous women such as the mother of General Yue Fei, the mother of renowned philosopher Mencius; and, Cai Chang, the first president of the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF).
The exhibition also sets aside a special area to present the achievements of representatives from the Looking for the Most Beautiful Families campaign by Shijiazhuang Women's Federation.
An interactive section allows visitors to share their feelings and stories. A number of visitors said that the park integrates traditional Chinese family culture in an entertaining way, and is beneficial to children.
Shijiazhuang CPC Municipal Committee made great efforts to build up the resort which is not only for leisure but also represents "the charm of traditional Chinese culture," said Ning Shumin, president of the municipal federation.
Aside from the park's construction, officials also promoted various activities at the opening such as sharing family stories, a dance contest and calligraphy exhibition on family mottoes.
According to Su Yanying, vice-president of the municipal federation, officials plan to regularly hold public lectures, host themed events on traditional festivals, invite local role models to deliver speeches and play related videos to further educate and publicize family culture at the site.
(Source: China Women's News/Translated and edited by Women of China)
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