Memorial Hall of Yu the Great

(chinadaily.com.cn) Updated : 2020-11-18

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Statues of legendary Chinese hero Da Yu (middle) and his followers. [Photo/shaoxing.com.cn]

Shaoxing in East China's Zhejiang province opened a museum revolving around Da Yu, a legendary Chinese hero who tamed the Yellow River to use it for farming in prehistoric times, local media reported on Nov 18.

The museum is located in the Kuaiji Mountain scenic area, near the Mausoleum of Yu the Great. It is shaped like an ancient type of cauldron used for cooking called a ding, which was used to symbolize strong dynasties.

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The museum looks like a cauldron used for cooking in ancient times to symbolize strong dynasties. [Photo/shaoxing.com.cn]

Da Yu was also an accomplished political leader who established the Xia Dynasty (c. 21st century-16th century BC), the first dynasty in Chinese history to follow the hereditary system.

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Paintings record how Da Yu tamed the Yellow River to use it for farming. [Photo/shaoxing.com.cn]

The museum consists of four venues, one for stories about Da Yu's flood-taming, one for the dynasty he built, one for how his descendants memorialized him, and a cinema to tell his stories with 3D technology.

Address: Kuaiji Mountain scenic area, Shaoxing, Zhejiang province