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Updated: 2022-07-02 12:02 ( China Daily )
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For Lou Tianyou, co-founder of Mobius Fragrances, it took him almost eight years to become a qualified perfumer.[Photo provided to China Daily]

Patience and hard work needed to succeed in niche professions, Yu Ran reports.

In the past decade, a large number of niche occupations have emerged to help young people get their ideal jobs that seem to combine interest with income, as well as offer new alternatives to evade some tougher fields. However, the reality is far crueler than their dreams.

For 23-year-old Lou Tianyou, co-founder of Mobius Fragrances, it took him almost eight years to become a qualified perfumer after experiencing curiosity, complacency and failure.

Lou got a chance to learn how to compose fragrances for perfumery products at the age of 15 from a French perfumer who came to China for a tour. After two to three years of practice, he believed that he was capable of creating the perfumes and felt confident enough to launch his own brand when he turned 18. Unfortunately, the failure smashed his pride into pieces.

"I used to think being a perfumer was pretty easy, but the more time I spent on exploring fragrances and techniques, the more I found that I had to obtain step-by-step knowledge if I wanted to be a distinguished perfumer," says Lou, who grew up with the scent of incense stored in his childhood memory.

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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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