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Updated: 2021-11-30 10:07 ( China Daily Global )
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Pablo Rovetta in Beihai Park in Beijing.[Photo provided to China Daily]

Speaking authentic Chinese with a Beijing accent, Uruguayan writer Pablo Rovetta likes his Chinese friends to call him Lao Luo meaning "old Luo", a traditional Chinese address for seniors or longtime friends.

"When I came to China with my parents in 1975, I was only 17. And now, I have gone from a young Uruguayan boy to 'Lao Luo', and China has become my second home," Rovetta says.

For most Uruguayans, China is a distant and mysterious country. But for Rovetta, he has learned a lot about Chinese culture since childhood, as his father Vicente Rovetta opened a bookstore in Uruguay in the early 1950s, introducing books on China in Uruguay and Latin America. Vicente Rovetta visited China twice in 1966 and 1967.

Coming to China in 1975, Pablo Rovetta studied for seven years at Beijing Language and Culture University and Tsinghua University. He soon fell in love with the country, getting on well with his Chinese classmates and making many friends.

Over the past 40 years of China's reform and opening-up, Rovetta has witnessed the fast development of China, rising from a poor country to the world's second-largest economy.

"Back in the 1970s, there was rationing for food and clothing. The main concern for most Chinese families was how to get enough to eat every day, and the only real holiday of the year in China was Spring Festival, the Chinese New Year. If you had a watch, a radio and a bicycle, perhaps with a sewing machine or a small black and white television, you must be the richest and would be the envy of the neighborhood at that time," says Pablo Rovetta. "Now, there are tremendous changes in my Chinese friends' attitudes toward lifestyles, consumption and so on."

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The news conference of the 2022 China International Travel Mart, Kunming, Yunnan province. [Photo/Chinaculture.org]

The 2022 China International Travel Mart was launched in Kunming, Yunnan province today. The three-day event opened at the Kunming Dianchi Lake International Convention and Exhibition Centre, with a theme focusing on smart innovation and high-quality tourism industry aspects.

The news conference was held in the city on Thursday. Zhang Xilong, first class inspector of the Bureau of the International Communication and Cooperation of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of China and Lou Kewei, deputy-director of the Department of Culture and Tourism of Yunnan province presented the meeting along with academy and entrepreneur representatives.

The conference introduced the preparations and relevant activities of the mart, such as a forum on smart tourism and innovation, a symposium on international travel communication and cooperation in the framework of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and a workshop on the China-Laos railway’s contribution to building an Asian community with a shared future.

According to the news meeting, the 2022 travel mart covers about 80,000 square meters, with about 4,200 standard booths. 71 countries and regions attended the event both online and offline, and 31 domestic provinces, cities and autonomous regions and 261 independent exhibition teams.

Online services will be provided to the overseas buyers and sellers in the light of time zones. They could also have a face-to-face negotiation at the mart as well.

The mart also has diverse displays to show culture and tourism, physical education and tourism, as well as overseas tourism and museums.

The National Cultural Heritage Administration, the Palace Museum and museums from other provinces will attend the travel mart.

At the event, Yunnan province will have 2,000 standard booths in four separate sections; each will show culture tourism, healthy lifestyles, physical education tourism and culture tourism consumption.

The travel mart will also stick to the rules of pandemic prevention and control while having the activities go on smoothly.

The news conference of the 2022 China International Travel Mart, Kunming, Yunnan province. [Photo/Chinaculture.org]
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