Launch Ceremony of Kang Family of Heluo Held in Kang Baiwan's Mansion

At 19:30 on July 17, 2019, the launch ceremony of Kang Family of Heluo was held in Kang Baiwan's Mansion in Gongyi, Henan Province. It is a historical TV series produced by Henan Daxiang Pictures and Henan Film & TV Production Group and supported by Zhengzhou Municipal Committee of CPC, People's Government of Zhengzhou Municipality, Gongyi Municipal Committee of CPC, People's Government of Gongyi Municipality and Henan Sheng run Holdings Limited company.

Leaders from relative units attended the ceremony and witnessed the unforgettable moment when Heluo culture in Central Plains showed extraordinary performance. They were from Publicity Department of the CPC Henan Provincial Committee, Zhengzhou Municipal Committee of CPC, People's Government of Zhengzhou Municipality, Gongyi Municipal Committee of CPC, People's Government of Gongyi Municipality, Henan Radio & Television Station, Henan Film & TV Production Group, etc.

Kang Baiwan's Mansion is situated in Kangdian, Gongyi, Zhengzhou, Henan Province. Built during the late Ming Dynasty and the early Qing Dynasty, as one of the three great manors of China, it is an important heritage site under state protection and appears on the national AAAA-level scenic spots list. Nurtured by Confucianism and Heluo culture, the Kang Baiwan family has been thriving for 13 generations of more than 400 years in the period of Ming Dynasty, Qing Dynasty and the Republic of China (1912-1949). Its core idea of running a family, "leaving some leeway”, has a long history and is ingrained in Henan and even the whole country. It is not only the inheritance and reflection of the spirit of Henan merchants, but also an epitome of the golden mean of the Confucian school. Based on the broad background of Gongyi in Henan Province as one of the important birthplaces of Heluo culture and the culture of Henan merchants, the TV play publicizes the spirit of Henan merchants and shows the profound connotation of the Central Plains culture. It is a masterpiece of recent years to present the cultural image of Henan.

The TV play will be broadcast on Youku which is its exclusive online broadcast platform from July 18, 2019, and will be broadcast on Henan Satellite TV at 19:30 on July 19, 2019.

Creators in chief were invited to the launch ceremony, including Mr. Li Peifu, the playwright of this TV play and a national famous writer, and famous actors such as Tao Hong, Qian Yi and Han Xiufeng. They communicated and interacted with audience. Mr. Li Peifu, a Henan-born writer, talked that the TV play was based on the concept of "leaving some leeway" for business and personal behavior of the Kang family in the Central Plains, which vividly depicted the image of Henan merchants who were on matters of principle loyal to the country, facing huge wealth considered benefits of common people and showed tolerance. The plot is intricate and profound, with rich cultural background and excellent production. It shows spiritual qualities of Henan merchants and eulogizes the heroic behaviors of the people in the Central Plains. In the TV play, Tao Hong acts the leading female role who supports the whole Kang family. Under her guidance, Kang family's business flourishes, creating an immortal legend. In the TV play, Tao Hong, as an experienced actress, accomplished her role with ease. As for her state during shooting, immersed in the rich culture of "leaving some leeway" and "Henan merchants", she said when she walked through the well-proportioned buildings with the black bricks and tiles in Kang Baiwan's Mansion, she felt she was back to the Ming and Qing Dynasties, so it let her shout "fantastic".

Situated in the central region of the Central Plains, to the north of Mount Song and to the south of the Yellow River, Gongyi in Henan Province, as the shooting site, with a long history and profound cultural connotations, is since ancient times one of the core areas of Chinese civilization, the cradle of Heluo culture and the hometown of Du Fu, the Poet-Sage. Gongyi boasts a large number of cultural relics and scenic spots such as Peiligang Site, the Yangshao Culture site and the Longshan Culture sites. The Yellow River and Luo River flow together forming a Tai Ji pattern. Song of Five Sons makes clear people-oriented principle to enlighten the benighted. The mysterious and serene White Horse Temple serves as the origin of Chinese Buddhism. As Du Fu's hometown, it oozes solemnity and profoundness. Northern Wei grottoes conveys superlative craftsmanship. Seven emperors with eight mausoleums send out splendor and magnificence. Kang Family's mansion enjoys tremendous fame in the country. In addition, Gongyi is also a powerful economic entity. It has been ranked among the national top 100 counties/cities on comprehensive economic strength for 13 consecutive years and is known as "the highest peak in this half of the country". Huiguo Town, praised by Mao Zedong as "great bright hope", is one of the cradles of township enterprises in China. Gongyi is currently one of the national top 100 counties/cities on comprehensive economic strength, one of the national top 100 industrial counties/cities, a national civilized city, a national sanitary city, a national garden city, a national double support model city, an excellent tourist city in China and one of the China's happiest cities. During the shooting, most of the views were found in Gongyi, which reflected the local customs and historical culture of Heluo.

It was reported that, in order to produce a good TV play, the main creators began to conceive the play and repeatedly revise the playscript nine years ago. During the process, many of the production links have been foreseen and deliberated. It took nine years to produce the TV play. With the profound playscript, the characteristic performance, and continuous improvement of post-production, the director, the scriptwriter, actors and producers have made great efforts and experienced great hardship. We believe that Kang Family of Heluo is not only a magnificent work of Heluo and Kang family, but also a magnificent epic of the Yellow River culture and hundreds of millions of people in the Central Plains!

Self-driving route to Kang Baiwan's Mansion:

(1) From Zhengzhou: from Lianyungang-Huoerguosi Expressway to West Gongyi Exit or Kangdian Town, west Gongyi urban district, 100 kilometers away from the west of Zhengzhou, National Highway 310;

(2) From Luoyang: from Lianyungang-Huoerguosi Expressway to East Gongyi Exit or Kangdian Town, west Gongyi urban district, 80 kilometers away from the west of Luoyang, National Highway 310;

(3) From Jiaozuo: go 70 kilometers south across Gongyi-Wen County Yellow River Bridge to Zhanjie Town, Gongyi, and go 10 kilometers west to Lanzhou-Lianyungang Railway in Kangdian Town, which goes through Gongyi;

(4) Bus No. 8 in the urban district goes directly to Kang Baiwan's Mansion.


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