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Lantern fair held to celebrate Chinese Lunar New Year in Zigong, Sichuan

Updated: 2022-02-15 14:28 ( Xinhua )
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A lantern fair was held to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year in Zigong, which is famous for lantern-making. The history of lantern shows in Zigong can be traced back to the Tang (618-907) and Song (960-1279) dynasties, which have now developed into a cultural activity with performances and night markets.

So far, Zigong has held lantern shows in over 80 countries and regions around the world, attracting a total of over 500 million visitors.

Photo taken on Jan 20, 2022 shows a lantern set at the lantern fair in Zigong, Southwest China's Sichuan province. [Photo/Xinhua]

 

Photo taken on Jan 20, 2022 shows a lantern set at the lantern fair in Zigong, Southwest China's Sichuan province. [Photo/Xinhua]

 

Visitors pose for a group photo at the lantern fair in Zigong, Southwest China's Sichuan province, Jan 20, 2022. [Photo provided to China Daily]

 

A worker makes a lantern at a lantern-making factory in Zigong, Southwest China's Sichuan province, Jan 20, 2022. [Photo provided to China Daily]

 

Workers make lanterns at a lantern-making factory in Zigong, Southwest China's Sichuan province, Jan 20, 2022. [Photo/Xinhua]
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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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