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Updated: 2021-12-08 08:22 ( China Daily )
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Robert Adolf, 24, a documentary maker from Germany, learns about Bouyei costumes in China's Guizhou province. He joins a passion fruit harvest in the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, and poses for photos, clad in Miao costume and headwear, in Guizhou province.[Photo provided to China Daily]

German documentary maker relishes country's traditions and vitality, Yang Feiyue reports.

Robert Adolf has been diving into his own increasingly bare pocket as he finances and works on a labor of love: China's ethnic diversity and charm.

The 24-year-old German young man speaks fluent Chinese and is putting together a documentary that he hopes will capture the traditional customs and culture of the country's various ethnic groups.

Adolf worked with three colleagues in the Qiandongnan Miao and Dong autonomous prefecture, Southwest China's Guizhou province, in November.

During his stay, he tried out ethnic costumes decorated with batik, a traditional dyeing technique that is especially popular in southern China. He also celebrated the Guzang Festival, a Miao traditional festival, during which ethnic Miao people of Guizhou worship their ancestors once every 13 years. It gave him a valuable insight of how the ethnic group commemorates their forebears and upholds traditional values of caring for the old and the young, loving their neighbor and working hard to provide for their loved ones.

"The Chinese ethnic culture and tradition is so rich and I couldn't help but try and record them all," Adolf says.

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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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