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Culture a bridge to understand China

Updated: 2022-07-26 08:17 ( Xinhua )
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BUENOS AIRES-China's long, rich and multifaceted culture "can serve as a bridge" between the East and West to promote communication and understanding, Argentine scholar Mercedes Giuffre has said.

The professor of history at the National University of Mar del Plata says she particularly values the fact that traditional Chinese culture, which she describes as one of the "mother civilizations" of the East, has lasted for over 5,000 years.

Chinese culture and civilization have demonstrated their durability through different dynasties, as each built on the previous one, the expert says.

She adds that the culture of the Asian country has enjoyed durability due to its "exquisiteness".

For example, this is manifested in Chinese furniture and Chinese porcelain, which garnered a lot of admiration and attention in the 17th and 18th centuries, not to mention China's tea culture, through which China was able to increase its presence in the West.

It is important for Latin Americans to be exposed to Chinese culture through different forms of art, including photography, literature and translations or adaptations of television series and films, suggests the scholar, who studied in China in 1991 and has been invited to teach at Chinese universities since 2004.

Giuffre also highlights the presence of traditional Chinese culture in works by Latin American authors, including distinguished Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges.

Allusions to Chinese literature appear in Borges' works, such as in Kafka and His Precursors, where he mentions a Tang Dynasty (618-907) poet named Han Yu, she says.

Chinese influences on Borges are also evident in The Garden of Forking Paths, which has references to Dream of the Red Chamber a novel by Cao Xueqin in the mid-18th century during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).

"Interesting and varied elements of traditional Chinese culture show up in several of his works," Giuffre notes.

In his Manual of Fantastic Zoology and The Book of Imaginary Beings, the Chinese dragon appears as a majestic important being, says Giuffre, adding "the dragon is what most represents China".

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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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