The opening ceremony for the upgraded Wuqiang New Year’s Picture Museum is held on April 26. [Photo/Chinanews.com]
The upgraded Wuqiang New Year’s Picture Museum was reopened to the public on April 26, and it is expected it will create new highlights for the New Year’s Picture tour through the application of modern technologies.
The upgraded museum will not only bring visitors an exciting experience through the use of sound, light, electricity, multimedia and 3D projection technology; but also give people opportunities to make their own New Year’s pictures under the guidance of local craftsmen, according to Wang Yupeng, manager of the Wuqiang New Year’s Picture Museum.
The highlight of the newly-opened New Year’s Picture Museum is the application of a kaleidoscope in the first exhibition hall of the museum, which is currently the biggest kaleidoscope on display in any exhibition in China. The idea was originally proposed at the 2010 World Expo.
A staff member of the Wuqiang New Year’s Picture Museum introduces the kaleidoscope in the first exhibition hall of the museum on April 26. [Photo/Chinanews.com]
Located in Wuqiang county, Hengshui, Hebei province, an area famous for the pictures, the museum covers an area of 25,100 square meters and has over 10,000 collections. Some of the pictures in the collection date back to the Ming and Qing dynasties (1644-1911). The museum opened to the public in 1992 and has experienced three upgrades throughout its 25-year history. In recent years, it has been attracting around 100,000 visitors per year. Wuqiang New Year’s Picture Museum is currently serving as a platform for cultural communications between Hengshui city and other countries and regions, raising the city’s profile and promoting traditional craftsmanship.
The ceiling of the Wuqiang New Year’s Picture Museum is decorated with New Year’s pictures. [Photo/Chinanews.com]
New Year’s pictures, or nianhua in Chinese pinyin, are a kind of picture that Chinese people use to decorate their homes during Spring Festival, as a symbol of New Year’s greetings. New Year’s pictures are usually placed on doors or walls, to ward off evil spirits and bring good luck to the family. The themes expressed in New Year pictures can include plump babies, longevity, landscapes, flowers, and animals. The message in pictures is always good luck, festivity or other positive meanings. Wuqiang New Year’s pictures were chosen as a national-level intangible cultural heritage in 2006.