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Chongqing showcases its natural beauty and cultural appeal

Updated: 2020-06-27 09:09:43

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Walking trail is a sightseeing route that lets visitors experience the real life and history of Chongqing. [Photo by Xie Hao/China Daily]

Southwest China's Chongqing, a popular tourist destination at the upper reaches of the Yangtze River best known for its spicy food and steep hills, launched a promotional campaign recently to showcase its natural beauty and cultural appeal.

All of Chongqing's 38 districts and counties, as well as its Liangjiang New Area, the high-tech industrial development zone and Wansheng economic development zone, will have their heads of government in front of the camera to promote cultural tourism products and local specialties.

In the first live broadcast of this large-scale event, Jiang Muchen, head of the city's Kaizhou district government, stood by a lake while introducing in detail several recreational, educational and rural tour routes in the district.

Tour guide Li Yanjiao was pleased with Jiang's promotion. The travel agency where she worked has been struggling with a significant drop in visitors and revenue since its lake cruises resumed in March after a month-long suspension due to the COVID-19 epidemic.

It is the second time for Chongqing to launch such a promotional campaign. Last year, district and county Party chiefs showed up in short videos, telling stories about the landscape and folk culture.

The city held the first promotional event between late March and early August 2019, which brought its tourism revenue up 32.1 percent year on year and saw a 10-percent increase in the added value of its cultural industry.

This year's event that will last six months focuses on promoting cultural tourism to help the market recover and boost consumption, according to Qin Dingbo, deputy director of the municipal commission of culture and tourism development.

In addition to tourism, the local Baqu tea and the oranges that have helped lift more than 50,000 fruit growers out of poverty are among the highly recommended products of Kaizhou.

The total orange planting area has exceeded 23,000 hectares in the district, with an annual yield of 300,000 tonnes.

"With the head of the district government personally promoting the oranges in a live broadcast, I'm sure that we will sell more at a better price," said Zhang Qinghua, a local orchardist.

Chongqing boasts a rich history and culture. Yet as a manufacturing city with a heavy industry background, Chongqing did not fully tap the potential of its precious traditional cultural resources during years of massive urban sprawl, according to Xu Yuming with the Chongqing Academy of Social Sciences.

The promotional showcase has awoken the dormant cultural heritage of the city, Xu noted.

Fengjie, a county in Chongqing where the Kuimen gateway to the magnificent gorges of the Yangtze River is located, gained its reputation as the "city of poetry", as poets, military figures and politicians in history wrote extensively about the forbidding landscape of rapid currents and narrow waterways.

Yang Shuhai, the county Party chief, said Fengjie has organized international poetry festivals and poetry competitions over the past few years, bringing the Chinese classical literature back into the public spotlight.

"With the showcase, we have a better chance to promote our poetry culture," Yang said.


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