A villager serves the autumn porridge to tourists at Lingshui Village in Mentougou District, Beijing, August 7, 2017. [Photo by Li Jinxin/Qianlong]
The annual 17th Autumn Porridge Festival kicked off at Lingshui Village in Mentougou District of Beijing on August 7, the Start of Autumn day in 2017.
On this day, every family at Lingshui Village made porridge in the early morning and invited visitors to enjoy the free porridge at the door.
Built in the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368-1911), Lingshui Village is known as a “Juren (a successful candidate in the imperial examinations at the provincial level in the Ming and Qing dynasties) village” with a unique Juren culture for it had advocated studies and was home to 22 Jurens and two Jinshis (a successful candidate in the highest imperial examinations).
With a history of more than 300 years, the village’s autumn porridge festival is held to commemorate Juren Liu Maoheng and his son’s good deeds during the famine years and the porridge made on this day is called the “Juren Porridge”.
“This porridge is really delicious. It is thick with peanuts, walnut kernels and jujubes,” a woman surnamed Yang said excitedly. She had driven for over two hours from the Fengtai District to attend the autumn porridge festival. Besides tasting the autumn porridge, she also walked around the village and enjoyed the scenery there.
This year, thousands of visitors attended the festival, which provided them with free delicious autumn porridges and local distinctive performances.
Currently, Lingshui Village is vigorously developing the village tourism economy and improving the construction of tourism infrastructures. With an average daily reception capacity of 500 visitors, the village has its own trademark patents of “Juren Village” and “Juren Tea” and its brand tourism activities like the autumn porridge festival.
It is learned that the Lingshui scenic spot was officially opened to the public in September of 2014, and now it has completed the restoration work of ancient architectural attractions and the construction of an 8,000-square-meter parking lot, the visitor reception center, Lingshui Village Museum, Juren Cultural Sculpture Square as well as a guide system.
Visitors enjoy the autumn porridge at Lingshui Village in Mentougou District, Beijing, August 7, 2017. [Photo by Li Jinxin/Qianlong]
A visitor enjoys the autumn porridge at Lingshui Village in Mentougou District, Beijing, August 7, 2017. [Photo by Li Jinxin/Qianlong]