“Thousands of Miles Riding Alone: A Diary of an Old Single” tells the story of China in the cultural heritage
China News Service, Beijing, June 10 (Reporter Ying Ni) The opening ceremony of the Beijing home event for the 2021 Cultural and Natural Heritage Day was held on the 10th at Zhoukoudian National Archaeological Site Park. The book “A Thousand Miles of Walking Alone: Diary of an Old Single” with the theme of “Chinese Stories in Cultural Heritage” was unveiled and a new book release ceremony was held. Shan Jixiang, the author of the book and the president of the Chinese Society of Cultural Heritage, became a world heritage “promoter” and exchanged the original intention of engaging in cultural heritage protection with the readers on the spot.
China has 55 world heritage sites and is one of the countries with the most world heritage sites in the world. Having been engaged in the protection of cultural heritage for many years, Shan Jixiang believes that “application for heritage” is not the ultimate goal, and “the best in the world” is not the ultimate goal either. The public has the right to know, participate, supervise and benefit from the protection of cultural heritage. Tell the public more stories of cultural relic protection and cultural heritage protection, and let more people participate in this cause. This is the common pursuit of cultural heritage workers.
“A Thousand Miles of Walking Alone: A Diary of an Old Single” is published by China Encyclopedia Publishing House and tells the story of the world heritage on the land of China. The book is based on the story of the inheritance, utilization and protection of cultural heritage. It is based on the experience and thoughts of the author “Lao Dan” in 9 provinces and 12 heritage sites participating in the recording of “Walk a Thousand Miles of Walking Alone” program. It records generation after generation. The Chinese find and watch the stories of the roots of Chinese culture in cultural heritage. From the unique perspective of the recording of the program, the author uses the diary as the carrier, and leads the readers on a journey of world heritage with a language style with frequent golden sentences. Behind the relaxed graphic content are heavy academic accumulation, selfless devotion and firm cultural self-confidence.
p > “Thousands of Miles Riding Alone: Old Single’s Diary” book cover. Photo courtesy of China Encyclopedia Publishing House
Shan Jixiang summarized the features of the program and the book into three key words: walking, communicating, and practicing. He expects that the communication during walking will be natural and sincere. For this reason, he has always called on everyone to call himself “old man”. “After all, a friendly address is the best way to get closer to each other.” This also gave rise to this book. The deputy title is “Lao Shan Diary”.
At the end of the book, Shan Jixiang wrote, “The people who should be most grateful for are those who silently guard and pass on the heritage site. Whether it is the earth rammers of the earth building, the lotus cultivators of the West Lake, or The retired elder sisters who go to Suzhou gardens to walk every day, and the babies who smile in the national heritage park. It is precisely because of the protection of these grassroots workers and ordinary people that our cultural heritage and our Chinese civilization have been passed on from generation to generation. This book is dedicated to them.”
Shan Jixiang suggested that after reading this book, be sure to collect it. Because there will be a second and a third volume in the future, the collection is an encyclopedia about world heritage. After the release ceremony of the new book, the second season of the show of the same name “Walk a Thousand Miles of Riding Alone” was also announced. Shan Jixiang, together with the program producer, heritage site representatives, experts and scholars, media representatives, etc. participated in a symposium that pays tribute to a century of Chinese archaeology-“China in Heritage”. Participants discussed the popularization and mass dissemination of cultural heritage knowledge, and the innovation direction of the “Walk a Thousand Miles” program. (End)