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Mid-Autumn Festival Oct. 2 celebrates China's Great Wall with photo exhibition, presentation about ancient site's conservation

SMITHFIELD, R.I. -- Bryant University celebrates the Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival, on Tuesday, Oct. 2, by putting a spotlight on one of the wonders of the world, the Great Wall of China.

The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the University's U.S.-China Institute and Confucius Institute, with special sponsorship from the Preservation Society of Newport County.

The festival includes talks by two of China's leading archaeologists, an exhibition of photographs taken by award-winning photographer Zhou Wanping, samples of Great Wall red wine and moon cakes, and selection of winners of a China photo competition (details below).

Schedule for Mid-Autumn Festival Tuesday, Oct. 2

  • 3:30-4:30 p.m., Unistructure room MRC 4: Lecture presented by Dr. Wang Hui, director of the Gansu Province Cultural Relic Department and part-time professor/researcher at Lanzhou University. Dr. Wang is known for his research with the Dun Huang Yuan Quan excavation program, considered one of the top 10 Chinese archaeology discoveries. More than 20,000 relics were discovered, giving insight into Chinese paper-making technique, ethnic culture on the Silk Road, and the postal system of the Han Dynasty.

  • 6 p.m., Unistructure, Janikies Auditorium: A 30-minute talk (in Chinese with English translation) by Dr. Yang Lin, director of the Archeology Department at the National Museum of China. While working under the State Cultural Relic Bureau, Dr. Yang was special coordinator and vice-captain of the Ping Shuo archeology team with one of the major capital construction procedures in He Nan Province. With the Shanxi Province archeology team and the History Museum of China archeology team, they have excavated over 1,000 sites from the Warring State of China (c.a. 475 BCE-221 BCE) and Qin Dynasty (221 BCE-207 BCE), recovering countless cultural relics. Dr. Yang is distinguished for his application of geographical information systems (GIS) in remote sensing and aerial archeology, particularly in archeological survey, ground localization through GPS, and space calculation and analysis through the role of 3D technology. His research and methodologies have been applied in the study of several major early cultural sites, including ancient cities and the Great Wall.

  • 6:30-8:30 p.m. (est.): Bryant's Dragon Dance Team leads guests to the Bello Center for Information and Technology to view an extensive exhibition of Great Wall photographs taken by award-winning photographer Zhou Wanping, a long-time photographer of China’s Great Wall. A collection of his photography is available in the album My Hometown – Gubeikou, Jinshanling, and Simatai Sections of the Great Wall. His works have won many prizes, including the 2nd prize at the International World Heritage Photo Competition organized by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1998.

Guests will also have the opportunity to view submissions to a China photo competition (details below) and select the winner. Moon cakes, Great Wall red wine, tea and other light snacks will be available.

RSVP to China@bryant.edu by Friday, Sept. 28.


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