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Updated: 2022-03-10 08:22 ( China Daily )
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An aerial view of Yuhuangge, one of the best-preserved ancient buildings in Yuxian county, Zhangjiakou, Hebei province.[Photo by Xu Lin/China Daily]

Hebei seeks to turn up tourism with traditional crafts, Xu Lin reports.

Zhangjiakou city in Hebei province, which co-hosted the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, is now turning its focus toward tourism.

About three hours' drive from Beijing, Zhangjiakou's Yuxian county is known for its historical sites, cultural heritage and customs.

As a military fortress, the county, called Yuzhou in ancient times, had built various walled villages along the Great Wall during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Soldiers moved there to guard the region from the northern nomadic people and cultivated the land when there was no war.

Today, the surviving villages-once a masterpiece of traditional military defense-have become popular scenic areas for travelers to learn about the culture of "Chinese castles", surrounded by temples, theaters and old residences.

With traditional eaves and elegant carvings of wood, stone and brick, the imposing buildings and courtyards present the best example of Chinese aesthetics. Locals like to watch shehuo, a folk show, and the local opera, Yuxian yangko, which are performed in these villages.

In 2009, Chinese paper-cutting was inscribed by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

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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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