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Updated: 2022-06-30 15:47 ( chinadaily.com.cn )
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A Dream of Splendor stars actress Liu Yifei and actor Chen Xiao. [Photo provided to China Daily]

For most diehard fans, it's probably a dream moment to watch one's favorite movie or TV series alongside the stars who lead the production.

Interestingly, internet era makes this dream possible.

Recently, A Dream of Splendor — the highest-scored domestic costume drama on China's most popular review aggregator Douban this year — held a promotional event to gather the major cast stars to "accompany" the audience while watching the final eight of its overall 40 episodes online.

Starring actress Liu Yifei as a teahouse keeper and actor Chen Xiao as a royal secret agency's official, the romance centering on the two leads recreates the hustle and bustle of metropolis life during the Song Dynasty (960-1297).

The event contains two parts, introducing cultural highlights featured in the drama and having the stars interactively answer audience questions.

Actress Lin Yun (center) alognside actors Dai Xu (left) and Zhang Xiaoqian during a promotional event of A Dream of Splendor. [Photo provided to China Daily]

During the event, pipa (four-stringed lute) player Xia Yuyan used the traditional Chinese instrument to render the drama's theme song. Following Xia was Mo Hongyan, an expert in tea acrobatics, a thousand-year-old art practice where one paint patterns on the foamed surface of a cup of tea. Later, some actors shared their knowledge about how to hang scrolls of paintings, a prevalent lifestyle among refined scholars and well-educated households in the culturally prosperous Song Dynasty. In addition to all this, the actors also performed the art of arranging flowers.

With the rise of subscribers on major streaming sites, audiences not only care about the quality — in terms of narrating technique and acting chops — of the dramas, but also yearn for more diversified and interactive ways to watch the new content, thus pushing major streamers to be more creative in the formats of new episodes, according to some industry observers.

Still of A Dream of Splendor features a grand performance for a feast. [Photo provided to China Daily]
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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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