Zigong Salt History Museum (founded in 1959) was the only salt museum in China. Previously, it was the Xiqing Assembly Hall (西秦会), built in 1736. Xiqing Assembly Hall, along with its attached buildings covers an area of 6,303 square meters (about 1.6 acres). It was founded by the salt merchants from Shaanxi (陕西) (my father’s hometown) as their meeting place, costing over 50,000 tael (about 12,195,000 dollars). It used the highest architectural technologies at the time and was a symbol of wealthy salt merchants. The guilded hall took sixteen years to complete. It had a beautiful exterior and internal structure, with many delicate stone and wooden carvings. There was a large stone centerpiece of a dragon and phoenix in the yard inside of courtyard. The guild hall hosted Sichuan opera for salt merchants and local elite at festivals. Opera was my grandmother’s favorite, but I could not stand for it since it was too slow. It took five minutes to finish one sentence. It took an hour actually to kill someone. I loved the Lantern Festival. Zigong was the origin of the Chinese Lantern Festival which Beijing, Hong Kong, and Shanghai copied later. I wish I could go every day instead of once a year after New Year. Zigong Lantern Festival 2013
Zigong’s salt museum, which was also built by Shaanxi salt merchants, this building was constructed entirely of wooden interlocking structures.
Guan family came to Chongqing, Rongchang County (雍正 2 年荣昌县) in 1724, then Neijiang (内江), where we had already established our ancestors’ shrine in Neijiang. Our ancestors were blacksmiths when they came to Sichuan. They were also oil merchants who owned oil houses. More than four generations ago, during the Chen (成) and Zhao (朝) generation, pioneers and hardworking people bought land, built houses, established the salt business in our branch family. The Yan family came to Weiyuan (威远), Sichuan in 1733. Guan should have already settled in Sichuan, but they moved into the salt business. Tong Xong Hue (同乡会) was and still is one of the most important organizations, especially in a new place. The construction of Guangdong’s Nan Hua Palace (南华宫) started in 1899, its wall connected with Fujian’s Tien Shang Palace (天上宫) which was built in 1850. Tien Shang Palace was for Mazu (媽祖), also spelt Matsu and Ma-tsu. Mazu is the Chinese goddess of the sea who is said to protect fishermen and sailors. Both were built by salt merchants from Fujian and Guangdong. Guangdong’s salt merchants had to use Fujian’s 天上宫 before theirs were built. My ancestors must have contributed to the building of 天上宫. Yan and Guan had to know each other very early on, since they were both Hakka and together in the salt business.
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