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Updated: 2022-08-04 11:10 ( chinadaily.com.cn )
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20-year-old Sun Yihang (middle) will make his stage debut as an actor in the Chinese play Eudemons Light of Yate. [Photo by Zou Hong/China Daily]

Eudemons Light of Yate, a Chinese play based on the popular online video game, Eudemons, will premier, Aug 19 to 21, at Tianqiao Performing Arts Center in Beijing.

The video game, which was launched in 2006, has gained a large fan base in China. Adapted by Cui Wenqin and Fu Lei into an original story, the play follows a young man named Hal searching for his own path after he was chosen as a leader of his tribe at his birth.

According to director Han Qing, a veteran theater director from Beijing People's Art Theater, although the play is based on a video game, audiences will be brought into a brand new story. Li Bonan, also a veteran theater director from the National Theater of China, is the artistic director of the play.

Actors of Eudemons Light of Yateare rehearsing at the National Theater of China in Beijing on Aug 3. [Photo by Zou Hong/China Daily]

"For the video game players, they will enjoy a new story about the characters. For those who have never played the game, it's just a pure theatrical production," says Li. "It is a story about a young man's growth, which connects with young audiences."

Han adds: "Everything in the play, such as the story, the costumes, and the stage set, creates a fantasy world for the audience."

The creative team members are all young people. The leading actor, 20-year-old Sun Yihang, who rose to fame as a member of Chinese nine-member boy group IXFORM, will make his acting stage debut playing, Hal.

"All of the actors and actresses are professional and have lots of experience in theater, except me. I was very nervous and worked hard to prepare myself for the role," says Sun, attributing his progress to the other members of the creative team.

Director Han Qing. [Photo by Zou Hong/China Daily]
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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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