张燕军希望无锡市吴文化研究会以成为无锡市华侨文化交流基地为契机，利用好侨联组织平台，进行跨区、跨市、跨地域、跨国吴文化交流；进一步利用好吴氏宗亲资源，促进中外经济贸易、科学文化交流，推进民间外交。利用无锡市华侨文化交流基地和无锡市吴文化研究会综合优势，继续传承弘扬中华优秀文化、吴文化，讲好无锡故事、锡山故事，向世界展现可信、可爱、可敬的中国形象，加强海内外中华儿女大团结，助力无锡经济社会高质量发展。On the afternoon of February 13, Zhang Yanjun, chairman of the regional Overseas Chinese Federation, and his team went to “Wuxi Wu Culture Research Association” to participate in the opening ceremony of the “Wuxi Overseas Chinese Cultural Exchange Base”. Zhang Shaohua, vice minister of the Party and Mass Work Department, vice president of Overseas Chinese Federation of Development Zone; Qian Zhen, director of Hongshan Taibo Scenic Spot of Overseas Chinese International Cultural Exchange Base; Zou Danli, general manager of Taibomiao Cultural Development Co.,LTD. and Wuxi Overseas Chinese Cultural Exchange Base; Xu Li, director of Rongxiang Book House, Wuxi Overseas Chinese Cultural Exchange Base; Wu Renshan, president of Wuxi Wu Culture Research Association, all attended the opening ceremony.
Chairman Zhang Yanjun and president Wu Renshan unveiled the”Wuxi Overseas Chinese Cultural Exchange Base”, which started a new chapter in Intercultural Communication of Wuxi Wu Culture Research Association.
At the symposium, the participants watched the documentary “Tracing the Origin of the Grand Canal-Bodu River”, which was produced by Wuxi Wu Culture Research Association. The documentary tells the story of Tai Bo, the eldest son of Zhou taiwang, and Zhong Yong, the younger brother, who “fled to the State of Wu” and settled their capital in Meili, and established the kingdom”Gou Wu”. Taibo perfectly integrated the civilization of the Central Plains and the indigenous people, thus the Wu culture began, and created the 650-year history of Wu civilization. After Taibo established the country, through successive dynasties of management, in the Spring and Autumn Period, King Helu(after Taibo), and his son Fuchai dominated for a moment. Fuchai was the 25th emperor after Taibo, the pioneer of Wu land in southern China.In 486 BC, he ordered the digging of Hangou in Handi (now in Yangzhou area), which is the symbol of the origin of the Grand Canal.
On July 23,2019, it was proved that before 486 BC, there was a canal dug by Taibo and the local indigenous people in Meili, Wuxi–the Bodu River, at the press conference on the achievements of the archaeological academic research on the Meili site,which was held in Wuxi, Jiangsu.
The Meili site is located in front of the Taibo Temple,on both sides of the Bodu River. According to the archaeological survey, the site covers more than 60,000 square meters, and the cultural layers are symmetrically distributed on both sides of the Bodu River. It is a large-scale settlement site from the Shang and Zhou Dynasties to the Spring and Autumn Period, dating back to 2,500 to 3,500 years. The time span is about 1000 years. Through the archaeological analysis of the buried traces of the early soil layer of the ancient riverbed wall, it was determined to be the remains of an artificial riverbed. Combined with the important historical documents of the Han, Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties, it proves that the Bodu River was excavated by the people led by Taibo. It is an artificial canal earlier than the Grand Canal. Emperor Yang of the Sui Dynasty used the section(from Qingming Bridge to the Wangting River section)excavated by Fucha, and continued to dig from Wuxi to Suzhou (“Jiangnan Tongzhi”), Bodu River has become an important tributary of Jiangnan Canal of the Grand Canal of China, and has become the remains of canal water conservancy projects, which is closely related to the Grand Canal of China.
More than 3,000 years ago, a river channel 87 miles long, 12 feet wide, and 1 foot deep was excavated manually. Its main functions were irrigation and drainage, military defense and transportation. The Bodu River is the first canal in the south of the Yangtze River excavated by Wu State, the first ancient country in the south of the Yangtze River. It is the first excavation of the Jiangnan canal and the first excavation of the Grand Canal in China.
President Wu Renshan said that tracing the origin of the Grand Canal is to present the history to the world, and it is an important topic in the study of Wu culture in recent years. The Wu Culture Research Association will take the unveiling of the Overseas Chinese Cultural Exchange Base as a new starting point, make full use of its resource advantages and the role of platforms, build a bridge of friendship and exchange among overseas Chinese, and carry out activities with regional and cultural characteristics of overseas Chinese, attract more overseas Chinese, returned overseas Chinese and their relatives, the new generation of overseas Wu relatives to walk into Wuxi and Wu area, promote Wuxi and Xishan from an international perspective, and contribute to strengthening cultural exchanges between China and foreign countries and telling the story of Wu area.
Chairman Zhang Yanjun welcomed the heads of Taibo Temple and Hongshan Taibo Scenic Spot in Xinwu District, and Rongxiang Publishing House in Binhu District to Xishan to pass on their valuable experience. He expressed his appreciation to the association for providing comprehensive and high-quality incubation services for overseas Chinese, returned overseas Chinese, their families and those who have studied abroad and returned.He fully affirmed the contributions made by the Wu Culture Research Association and the Overseas Chinese Cultural Exchange Base in terms of integrating resource advantages, exerting the position effect, and bringing together overseas Chinese hearts, talents, and wisdom. He said that the Federation of Overseas Chinese in the district should earnestly study the spirit of instructions given by Xin Changxing, secretary of the Jiangsu Provincial Party Committee, when he investigated the ancient town of Dangkou in Wuxi, respect history, culture, and ecology, and protect and inherit the Jiangnan culture. It is necessary to implement the latest requirements of the district committees and the United Front Work Department on culturally strong districts, work hard, and try the best to help the Wu Culture Research Association to promote the documentary”Tracing the Origin of the Grand Canal-Bodu River”, and jointly create a research route for Wu culture, strive to connect with Suzhou Xiangcheng District, and actively integrate into the construction of “Taihu Bay District Cultural Community”.He hopes that the Wuxi Wu Culture Research Association will take the opportunity of becoming a cultural exchange base for overseas Chinese in Wuxi, make good use of the organization platform of the Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese, conduct Wu cultural exchanges of cross-district, cross-city, cross-region, and cross-border; further make good use of Wu’s clan resources to promote economic, trade, scientific and cultural exchanges with other countries and promote people-to-people diplomacy. By utilizing the comprehensive advantages of the Wuxi Overseas Chinese Cultural Exchange Base and the Wuxi Wu Culture Research Association, it will continue to inherit and carry forward the Chinese outstanding culture and Wu culture. And by telling the stories of Wuxi and Xishan well, it will present a credible, lovely and respectable image of China to the world, strengthen the great unity of Chinese people at home and abroad, and help Wuxi develop economy and society in high quality.