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Updated: 2022-06-09 08:17 ( China Daily )
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An overview of Simola Va village of Qingshui township, Tengchong city, Southwest China's Yunnan province.[Photo provided to China Daily]

President Xi Jinping's visit celebrates new era for rural community, deservedly reaping the harvest of its work, report Yang Feiyue in Beijing and Li Yingqing in Kunming.

From time to time, Li Fashun will reminisce about the visit of a special guest to his abode in Simola Va village two years ago.

President Xi Jinping dropped in on the farmer, whose home is in the village of Qingshui township, Tengchong city, Southwest China's Yunnan province, at the beginning of 2020. The president learned about Li, his family and their daily lives during an inspection tour to the province and was invited to join them in making rice cakes. Xi also beat a wooden drum of the Va ethnic group three times, a ritual to bless the coming year.

"I wouldn't have dreamed that President Xi Jinping would come to my home, and sincerely inquire about our lives," Li says.

The visit coincided with the year set as the deadline for China to eliminate absolute poverty. During the inspection, Xi noted that shaking off poverty is the starting point for a new and happy life, calling for the vigorous promotion of rural vitalization after a moderately prosperous society in all respects is achieved.

Li was greatly encouraged by Xi's words and, later that year, started a rural catering business, which had been a long-held dream of his.

Li and his wife also sell tea leaves and date cakes.

In the best of times, their business can bring them 100,000 yuan ($15,000) a year.

Li believes that better things are yet to come for his village once the pandemic is fully over.

"The living environment has improved over the past two years, and so has the public observance of social codes," Li 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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