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Temple will offer all visitors rare experiences

Updated: 2022-08-09 08:11 ( China Daily )
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A monk fans himself in front of one of the temple's deity statues.[Photo provided by Michael Rhys Card/China Daily]

My first time visiting Beijing was around eight years ago. I joined a friend of mine who was starting a new business and wanted to go to Yonghegong, or the Lama Temple, to pray for success. Being new to China, I'd never seen any place like it, and since then I have been back a number of times since moving to Beijing. Yet as fascinating as the temple is, its popularity, though understandable, can detract from the visiting experience.

So, when I learned of another temple in Beijing, with all the charms of the Lama Temple, but without the myriad tourists, my curiosity piqued.

The White Cloud Temple, or Baiyun Temple, is one of the largest and oldest examples of a Taoist temple and monastery in China, and home to the Chinese Taoist Association. The temple was first established in mid-eighth century during the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and soon became one of the most important Taoist temples in China.

The temple is a well-known pilgrimage site. However, much to my delight, it has yet to become a popular tourist destination, unlike other similar functioning temples. During my visit, there were no more than a handful of other people there praying and burning incense at the numerous halls. The temple offers everything you would expect, but it also contains some unique and captivating experiences.

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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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