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Journey into the unknown is cycle of discovery

Updated: 2022-07-09 08:50 ( China Daily )
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Lunch in the wilderness with five new friends from various ethnic groups, Oct 23, 2021. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Expat uses pedal power on adventure to experience the sights and sounds of a fascinating land that never ceases to amaze

Last September an American embarked on a solo trip through Southwest China on a standard bike she had bought at a local shop. In three months Jennifer Holstein cycled 2,500 kilometers through three provinces with just two small bags.

Holstein shares her biking experience in a recent episode of China Daily's My China Surprise, which features the stories of local expats sharing their unique and interesting perspectives on what they find surprising about China.

In an exclusive interview with China Daily, Holstein speaks out on why she decided to cycle across a foreign country. According to Holstein, "many people dream about traveling the world and taking huge risks, but never do". She encourages others not to "spend their life hoping that one day they will be able to achieve their wildest dreams, but to try first, the rest will work itself out".

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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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