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Updated: 2022-08-03 08:07 ( China Daily )
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Zhang Zhengmin removes rust from a bronze item.[Photo by Peng Ke'er/China Daily]

Shanxi Museum's relic protection team restores the glory and craftsmanship of a bygone era, report Yang Feiyue in Beijing and Sun Ruisheng in Taiyuan.

One can't help but notice the curious emblem outside the four-story main hall at Shanxi Museum in Taiyuan, Shanxi province. It features a phoenixlike bird, the proud head raised and turned toward the tail in a posture of self-admiration.

The emblem is inspired by a rare treasure the museum holds: a bird-shaped bronze zun (wine vessel) from the Western Zhou Dynasty (c.11th century-771 BC). The body is plump and the wings are curled up. The tail curves downward like an elephant's trunk to form a point of support, along with the two feet. The vessel boasts intricate and exquisite patterns.

What is more remarkable though is how the zun was resurrected after tomb robbers triggered a blast, reducing it to more than 100 pieces.

It took cultural relic restorers a year and a half to collect all the fragments, clean them, treat them for discoloration and meticulously piece together the vessel, with just a few nicks remaining in the tail.

"When you see the artifact now, you can't imagine that it was found in pieces during excavation. It is so lifelike once more," says Zhang Zhengmin, 30, who studied cultural relic authentication and restoration at Shanxi Vocational College of Tourism in Taiyuan.

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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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