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Chu Suiliang Memorial opens after renovation

Updated: 2017-12-19

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The Chu Suiliang Memorial opens in Xiangxiang, Hunan province, on Dec 8, after a two-year renovation project. [Photo/xiangxiang.gov.cn]

Chu Suiliang Memorial, built to commemorate the well-known calligrapher Chu Suiliang (596-658 or 659) from the Tang Dynasty (618-907), opened in Xiangxiang, Hunan province, on Dec 8, after a two-year renovation project.

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Xie Yonggen, director of the CPC Xiangxiang municipal department of publicity, Xie Beikui, vice mayor of Xiangxiang and Li Wenhui, vice chairman of the Xiangxiang Municipal CPPCC, unveil a statue of Chu Suiliang at the opening ceremony on Dec 8. [Photo/xiangxiang.gov.cn]

Xie Yonggen, director of the CPC Xiangxiang municipal department of publicity, Xie Beikui, vice mayor of Xiangxiang and Li Wenhui, vice chairman of the Xiangxiang Municipal CPPCC, attended the opening ceremony and unveiled a statue of Chu Suiliang.

Famous contemporary calligrapher Tong Zhixiong also donated 12 works to the Xiangxiang Museum at the ceremony.

Chu was a politician and calligrapher, one of the four most famous calligraphers of the early Tang Dynasty. He was demoted to Tanzhou, the area of today’s Hunan province, because of his opposition to Wu Zetian, who later became the only empress in Chinese history.

After his arrival in Tanzhou, Chu brought the advanced culture of the Central Plains to Xiangxiang, and through calligraphy, combined it to create Xiangxiang’s own unique culture.

The Chu Suiliang Memorial was initially built in 1229, and is now situated between Xiaziqiao Street and North Lianbin Road in Xiangxiang. Renovations began in July 2015, and finished in November 2017, adding an extra 1,200 square meters to the building, taking it up to 3,200 square meters in total.

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Exhibits such as Chu’s calligraphy and stele inscriptions are displayed at the Chu Suiliang Memorial. [Photo/xiangxiang.gov.cn]

The site includes the memorial hall, the Shengping hall (introducing the life of Chu), the calligraphy hall, the Stele-inscription hall, a tourists’ center and workshops of six calligraphers in Xiangxiang.

The memorial is open free to the public, for those with valid ID, from 9 am to 12 pm, and from 3 pm to 6 pm in summer or from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm in winter, every day apart from Mondays.