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Updated: 2022-07-04 08:15 ( CHINA DAILY )
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Wang Peiyu, who specializes in playing laosheng (old male) roles, is one of the most popular Peking Opera actresses. She features in the China on Stage documentary, which premiered on Bilibili in June. CHINA DAILY

Documentary chronicles the participants and their passion for China's myriad onstage art forms, Chen Nan reports.

The coronavirus pandemic has led to a new set of challenges for the performing arts industry. In a time of social distancing, theaters and artists are finding new ways to engage with audiences and practice their craft.

Amid the pandemic, a creative team consisting of members from China and the United Kingdom traveled to a number of Chinese cities and visited more than 20 Chinese artists, despite the difficulties, to make a documentary highlighting the country's performing arts scene.

On June 15, the four-part documentary, titled China on Stage, premiered on Bilibili, a popular Chinese video platform, attracting over one million viewers in its first day.

Through its four episodes-The Songs of China, The Sound of China, How China Moves and The Theater of China-the documentary, which broadcasts weekly, features a variety of performing arts, from the 600-year-old Kunqu Opera to the latest virtual pop star Luo Tianyi, as well as introducing Chinese artists and their backstage stories.

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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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