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Updated: 2021-12-01 17:26 ( chinadaily.com.cn )
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A documentary that tells the story of Hungarian-Slovak architect Laszlo Hudec, who left 99 percent of his architectural works in China and helped shape Shanghai's current urban landscape, is set for shooting.[Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

A documentary that tells the story of Hungarian-Slovak architect Laszlo Hudec, who left 99 percent of his architectural works in China and helped shape Shanghai's current urban landscape, is set for shooting. A ceremony was held last Sunday at the architect's former residence in Shanghai to celebrate the launching of the project.

The five-episode documentary, titled Hudec, is planned and created by the Central News Documentary Film Studio (Group). The film is also a documentary that explores cultural exchanges and cooperation between China and Central and Eastern European countries. Through the story of Hudec, it tells how the industrial and architectural styles of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and northern Germany are closely integrated with Chinese culture, which also reflects the idea exchange and mutual learning is a vital driving force for the advancement of human civilization and the development of world peace.

Architecture in a city is a testimony of history. It carries the memories of generation after generation. As a champion of modern architecture, Hudec has contributed to the modern style of Shanghai.

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Hudec was a Slovak-Hungarian architect who arrived in Shanghai in 1918 at the age of 25. He ended up in China after being captured by the Russian Army in 1916 during World War I and jumping from a train near the Chinese border en route to a Siberian prison camp, according to Ladislav Kabos' film The Man Who Changed Shanghai.

During the nearly three decades that followed, he got a job, married, opened his own architectural office, accepted commissions from expatriates and Chinese alike, and gave the city some of its most memorable landmarks: The Park Hotel, the Grand Theatre, Moore Memorial Church and the combined Baptist Publications and Christian Literature Society buildings.

The film crew for Hudec started to divert their attention to the topic in 2014. After five years of research, planning and preparation, the project was finally established and launched. In the future, the crew will travel to Europe and America to explore in -depth stories related to Hudec, and strive to discover the history while at the same time examining it in an international and contemporary way, so as to make the film rich in texture while truly exploring the history. The film is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2022 and broadcast in mainstream media at home and abroad.

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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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