Linzi, China shines as the ancient capital of Qi and the hometown of football


ZIBO, China, October 23, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — “A journey of a thousand miles can never be made without the accumulation of every step; an ocean can never be vast without the contribution of every stream and stream.” Recently, in front of the Jixia Academy monument in Linzi District, Zibo City, Shandong Province, students participating in a Qi culture ecological study tour, with the theme “An insight into the famous ancient capital in its cultural context,” recited lines from the famous Xunzi (Hsun-Tzu) – Exhortation to Learning, under the guidance of an instructor.

Linzi is the cradle of the Qi culture in China, a culture that had a profound influence on the formation and development of early Chinese culture. Due to its distinctive principles of reform, openness, pragmatism and inclusion, the Qi culture also had a marked impact on metaphysics during the Wei (220-265) and Jin (265-420) dynasties, the neo-Confucianism during the Song (960-1279) and Ming (1368-1644), and on post-Qin (221 BCE-206 BCE) and Han (206 BCE-220 CE) politics, economy and civilization in general.

In recent years, Linzi has sought to capitalize on the strengths of Qi culture in the tourism and education sectors, and vigorously promoted its cultural empowerment initiative, according to the People’s Government Information Office of the District of Linzi. Taking advantage of its abundant traditional cultural resources, Linzi’s development has focused heavily on environmental optimization, cultural advancement, curriculum development and other unique aspects. This is how the Qi culture + study tour initiative was born.

Focusing on Cuju – one of the central elements of Qi culture (and the location of the first known football match), Linzi has carried out top-notch cultural and tourism projects, such as the Football Museum and the city of Cuju , and produced a series of Qi culture creative projects, including Cuju-themed intellectual property (IP) animation – Cuju Xiaozi (Cuju Squad). The Qi Culture International Tourism Festival and the World Football Culture Summit have been held in Linzi for several successive years, and Linzi has hosted ceremonies in which China League One and China League Two have hosted football for their matches. The Linzi have archaized Cuju, and famous paintings like “Emperor Taizu of Song Playing Cuju” and “Noble Ladies Playing Cuju” have repeatedly been selected as national gifts for foreign guests.

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Caption: Students reciting Xunzi (Hsun-Tzu) – Exhortation to learning under the guidance of an instructor.


Caption: Qi Heritage Museum

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SOURCE Linzi District People’s Government Information Bureau


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