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A romantic gathering on Lushan Mountain

Updated: 2022-08-08 13:42 ( chinadaily.com.cn )
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The 1980 movie Romance on Lushan Mountain breaks an on-screen taboo about intimacy. [Photo provided to China Daily]

To most die-hard film fans, Lushan Mountain in Jiangxi province is not only a renowned tourist attraction, but also a memorable place where the 1980 movie Romance on Lushan Mountain was shot. The film featured a kissing scene which helped to break the taboo of on-screen intimacy, thus ushering a new era for China's domestic film industry.

On Aug 4, a short movie event inspired from the movie was launched at the riverbank of Ruqin Lake of Lushan Mountain, gathering young talent from a total of 10 universities, such as Communication University of China and The Central Academy of Drama.

Titled "Love, Lushan Mountain", the annual event was held for the third time this year, obtaining support from some celebrities, with actress' Yao An'an and Niu Junfeng as its promotional ambassadors. As well as, director Chen Jianying, who won the Short Film Palme d'or for The Water Murmursat the 75th Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, who serves as the young talent's mentor and a member of the jury in the final round.

The 10 teams from their respective universities were selected from more than 70 teams from over 50 colleges. All of them will seek inspiration on the Lushan Mountain to create their short movies under the theme of love.

Filmmakers and young talent gather at Lushan Mountain in Jiangxi province for a short film event on Aug 4. [Photo provided to 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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