A photo taken on Apr.14 shows folk performances at the opening ceremony of this year's Huishan Folk Culture Fair and the13th Wuxi Azalea Festival. Originating from the Ming Dynasty, the Huishan Temple Fair has a history of 400 years. With 50 parade teams consisting of thousands of actors and actresses giving performances that last for two hours, this year's fair has drawn the attention of over 18,000 people. （PhotobyLiuFanghui）
The curtain fell on the eye-catching 2012 Wu Culture Festival as a series of activities lasting nine days concluded on Apr.18.
The festival began with a ceremony commemorating Taibo, the first emperor of the Wu Kingdom.
At the opening ceremony, China Wu Culture Museum and Hongshan Ruins Museum were announced to join the rank of the National 4As Scenic Spots.
Held on the same day, the Wuxi Forum on the Conservation of China's Cultural Heritage witnessed the approval of Wuxi Proposal on the Sustainable Development of World Heritage.
It also brought us the good news that Huishan's cultural landscape of ancestral halls won one of the two seats in Jiangsu Province to apply for inclusion on the World Cultural Heritage List.
On Apr. 16, a collection exhibition from Xu Beihong Museum opened. It showcased 50 pieces of art work from famous painters in the Qing Dynasty and modern times, of which nine pieces belong to the National Class-A Heritage.
Another 30 pieces of Xu Beihong's authentic works featuring animals were also displayed. At the 2012 China (Wuxi) International Wu Culture Symposium, over 120 experts and scholars from home and abroad explored the topic "Wu culture and soft power" and yielded fruits of research with high academic value and instructive significance.