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Updated: 2022-08-09 07:55 ( China Daily )
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Jazz big band CMA, consisting of students of the Beijing Contemporary Music Academy, will perform during the upcoming Taihu Jazz Festival.[Photo provided to China Daily]

For a week during this summer, the outdoor stage of the NCPA Taihu Stage Art Center in Beijing's Tongzhou district is expected to be flooded with musicians and music fans who will travel across the city to experience the 2022 Taihu Jazz Festival.

From Aug 26-31, 14 bands and nearly 100 jazz musicians will share the stage for their live performances, virtual concerts and workshops.

"Last year, we launched the first Taihu Jazz Festival, and we received warm feedback from the audience, which made us ensure that the festival is an annual event now," says Huang Yong, the music director of the event. "There's a type of jazz for every person if they take the time to listen. We try to provide an event for that kind of thing."

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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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