|A statue of the ancient Princess Xijun was officially sent back to her original birthplace at the Nalat Pastureland of Ili Kazak Autonomous Prefecture in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on June 28. [Cnr.cn]|
Abstract: A statue of the ancient Princess Xijun was officially sent to her original birthplace of Nalat Grassland national park in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on June 28.
The event was held to promote cultural exchanges between Xinjiang and the city of Yangzhou in east China's Jiangsu Province.
Organizers hope that the move will enhance the long-standing friendship between the people of all ethnic groups in the two regions.
The event was conducted based on a part of Chinese history.
Emperor Wu of the Han Dynasty (206 BC–220 AD) ordered the marriage of Princess Xijun in 105 BC to make peace with ruler of the Wusun minority nationalities in the border areas and to cement the relationship with the tribe to fight together against the Xiongnu people.
As the first recorded attempt in Chinese history to use imperial matrimony to gain favor with outside rulers, Princess Xijun made an important contribution to promoting the coexistence between the Han Dynasty and ethnic minorities.
At that time, she brought with her many of the advanced production techniques of the Han people, as well as ceremonies, etiquette, music and craftsmen, effectively promoting local economic and social development.
She formed a deep relationship with the local people, but eventually died of illness in the area which is now the local county of Xinyuan.
The sub-prefect of the county, Lu Zhilin, said: "Princess Xijun was one of the earliest supporters of Xinjiang. We need to help her to realize her wish to return to her hometown and we want more people to connect through this kind of activity so that the friendship between Yangzhou and Xinyuan can be long-lasting."
The Nalat Scenic Area Management Committee have also developed the Nalat Tourism Image Store in Yangzhou, to endow local people with displays, Xinjiang cuisine and folk culture so that they can learn more about the place where Princess Xijun once lived.
(Source: Cnr.cn/Translated and edited by Women of China)