Before walking in the Dragon Pavilion, visitors often have a feeling of reverence for it. Kaifeng is the world’s only city whose central axis has never changed. The Dragon Pavilion is exactly located on its central axis. On the two sides of the Dragon Pavilion, Panjia Lake and Yangjia Lake are shimmering.
The thousands of years of glorious history and imperial aura pervade everywhere in the sunshine and match up with the rippling lake surface.
You're going the wrong way!
Isn’t this direction right?
Yes, this is the right direction. But I mean you are walking on the wrong path.
My teacher means that you shouldn’t walk on this path, which was once for queens in ancient times.
(Walk aside) Then, I choose to walk on this path.
This path was for maids.
This path must be right.
This one was for eunuchs.
I am very familiar with Chinese culture. The middle one must be for emperors, right?
Chinese culture has had a long history. It is recorded in the Book of Rites that it is etiquette and morality make who we are. Etiquette is an essential part of the daily life of Chinese. For both the noble class and common people, there is specific etiquette for them to follow. Therefore, China has been known, since the ancient times, a land where dressing and etiquette are highly valued. Even up to now, the influence of Chinese culture can still be found in Eastern and Southeastern Asian countries.
Great Hall & Wax Statues (Summoned Ambassadors)
God! Foreigners like us could see the emperor at that time?
Of course! Besides businessmen, a lot of countries dispatched their ambassadors to pay formal visits to China’s emperor. Look, we, Chinese people, have been friendly towards foreigners since the ancient times.
If a country is prosperous, it is natural for other countries to pay respects to it. Since its founding, the Northern Song dynasty had paid great attention to friendships with all countries around the world. After thousands of years, today’s China proposes the Belt and Road Initiative for the better future. The diplomatic idea of peace and friendship still continues in China.