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Historic shards unearthed in Xi'an

Updated: 2022-07-05 08:33 ( China Daily )
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Archaeologists in Xi'an, capital of Northwest China's Shaanxi province, have unearthed three pieces of semicircular tiles dating back to the late Yangshao Culture period, according to the Shaanxi Academy of Archaeology.

These semicircular tile shards were found in the ruins of a semi-crypt house at the Matengkong site, which is located in the Matengkong village in Yanta district, with an area of about 30,000 square meters.

These tile shards are all argillaceous orange pottery exhibiting clear marks of cutting and processing and residual finger smear marks. Pottery fragments such as pots, bowls, jars and rings, as well as tools like pottery knives and stone knives, were also unearthed from the ruins of the semi-crypt house.

Semicircular tile used to serve as an essential construction material for higher-grade buildings in ancient China.

The discovery of tile ware from the late Yangshao Culture period provides important materials for the study of the origin and architectural history of construction materials of that era.

The Yangshao Culture, dating back 5,000 to 7,000 years, originated in the middle reaches of the Yellow River and is considered an important stream of Chinese civilization. It is widely known for its advanced pottery-making techniques.

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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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