Small town stories: Liuyang, the birthplace of fireworks


Speaking of Liuyang, most Chinese people’s first reaction may be the famous Liuyang River, but the small town of Liuyang has an ancient invention that has added splendor to the whole world, and it is one of four great inventions of China. : fireworks.

There are many beautiful folk legends about the origin of fireworks. The story of Li Tian, ​​”the ancestor of firecrackers”, is one of them.

Legend has it that 1,400 years ago, on both sides of the Nanchuan River, people were killed by mandrills. Even the Taizong Emperor of the Tang Dynasty (618-907), Li Shimin, was so disturbed that he ordered medical treatment nationwide.

Li Tian from Liuyang, central China’s Hunan Province, worked hard and invented firecrackers, which were not only used to ward off evil spirits to protect citizens, but also to ward off evil spirits. ’emperor. Li was awarded the title of “firecracker ancestor” by the emperor for his meritorious rescue.

Developed until the Song Dynasty, around the beginning of the 13th century, Liuyang fireworks began to be introduced to India by foreign envoys and merchants via the Silk Road.

Fireworks were gradually introduced to Arab countries via India, Spain, and gradually spread to European and American countries.

After more than 1,400 years of development, Liuyang has formed an industrial hub integrating production, operation, research and development and logistics, becoming a global fireworks production and trading base and the “city birthplace of fireworks” in the world.

In October 2002, the first international fireworks cooperation and trade conference ended in Liuyang, the city became the permanent headquarters of the International Fireworks Association.


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