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Premier’s Yiwu rattle drum donated to national museum

Updated: Dec 9,2014 5:11 PM

The National Museum of China received on Dec 8 a rattle drum which a businesswoman gave to Premier Li Keqiang when he visited Yiwu on Nov 20, reported.

The rattle drum, which is more than 50 years old, is the first such item in the museum’s collection.

The rattle drum.

Back in the 1960s and 1970s, peddlers from Yiwu usually used a rattle drum as a noisemaker when they crossed neighborhoods trying to attract people to trade items for candy.

Businesswoman He Haimei said she gave the drum to the Premier as she wanted him to use it because residents of Yiwu believe using this noisemaker can bring good luck in business.

Premier Li used it as soon as he received the gift, saying that the drum should be donated to the National Museum of China, as it symbolizes the entrepreneurial spirit of Yiwu people.

The Premier also received another rattle drum from a local businessman.