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Concerts and plays will usher in a new year for vibrant city

Updated: 2021-12-31 08:40 ( China Daily )
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Composer Tan Dun (middle) has gourds planted and made into string instruments depicted in frescos in the Mogao Caves. He will conduct the Shanghai Chinese Orchestra for the premiere of his creation Buddha Passion in Chinese instruments on New Year's Eve.[Photo/China Daily]

Concertgoing has for years been a popular way of celebrating the new year in Shanghai, and this year would prove to be no different, given the slew of performances scheduled to take place.

In fact, many shows, such as the New Year Concert at the Shanghai Grand Theater and the play Deep in the Heart at the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center, were sold out weeks ago.

To ring in the new year, the Shanghai Grand Theater will present an interpretation of Tan Dun's Buddha Passion with Chinese instruments.

Before the rehearsal for this performance kicked off a few months ago, Tan and musicians of the Shanghai Chinese Orchestra studied the instruments depicted in the frescos in the Mogao Caves in Gansu province's Dunhuang to re-create them for use in the concert.

For instance, the musicians have recreated the gourd-shaped pipa seen in the frescos by planting and harvesting gourds in Yunnan province before transforming the plant into a string instrument. Instrumentalists of the orchestra also took up dance training so that they can vividly express the imagery depicted in the ancient cave paintings.

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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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