On the morning of June 10, the Research Center on the History of the New Fourth Army Crossing the Fuchun River Twice was inaugurated in Dazhang Village, Changlv Town, Fuyang District.
Changlv Town has an abundance of historical resources derived from national liberation. It was the revolutionary base town where the CPC-led armed forces were most active in the Anti-Japanese War and People’s Liberation War measured by duration and scope, leaving a raft of historical sites and ruins. Three years ago, the CPC Fuyang District Committee and Fuyang District Government decided to integrate the scattered sites into a whole that would contain the assembly place of Western Zhejiang Division of New Fourth Army and Eastern Zhejiang Armed Forces, the historical site of the CPC Jiangnan County Committee, the old mansion of Jiang Zhong, and the tomb of Jiang Zhong, among others. Following the initiative, a research center on the history of national liberation was brought into existence, serving multiple purposes from commemoration to exhibition, education, and study.
The center takes up an area of over 30 mu (20,000 square meters), among which the building area covers 8,200 square meters. The building is constructed to mimic the look of residence and boat combined, with a waterway wrapping around it.
The two-story research center has an exhibition area stretching 2,120 square meters, which is further divided into six partitions centered around the major event of the New Fourth Army Crossing the Fuchun River Twice: Strategic Decision on the Development of the CPC Central Committee in Southeastern China, Jiangsu & Zhejiang Division of the New Fourth Army Crossing the Fuchun River the First Time, The Army Crossing the River the Second Time, Luxi Revolutionary Base against Japanese Aggression, Deep Bond between Army and People, and Historic Feats. By deploying modern sound and light technologies like half-scene painting, scene restoration, physical display, multimedia film, and interactive exhibits, along with a variety of painting and sculpture techniques, the center created an exhibition space that zoomed in on the battles the New Fourth Army and regional forces once valiantly fought in Zhejiang as well as other important events during that period. The exhibition hall has over 150 pieces of relics in its stock and offers a wide range of services in such areas as multimedia room, multifunctional classroom, lecture hall, and library bar.
Xu Linliang, Deputy Secretary of the CPC Fuyang District Committee, noted that the opening of the research center was a perfect opportunity to carry forward the courage and perseverance demonstrated in the Anti-Japanese War and the iron will and discipline of the New Fourth Army, and to keep the time-honored tradition of building an army that is loved and supported by the people. Looking ahead, Fuyang will continue to tap historic heritage sourced from the history of national liberation, promote red tourism, and combine historic heritage with modern life, thus adding a bright red tint to the modern version of the painting Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains.