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Malaysian documents island life

Updated: 2022-08-09 08:33 ( China Daily )
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As dusk falls, Yii Siew Siew, a Chinese Malaysian, sits on the sandy beach with her husband, totally immersed in the splendid evening glow.

Yii, a media editor in Pingtan county, East China's Fujian province, has made about 50 vlogs to record her stories on the island, where she found her passion.

When she first arrived in Pingtan about four years ago, she was impressed by the local culture and history.

"The life here is wonderful. I love the fascinating and romantic coastline. And I feel there's much more to explore on the island," Yii says.

"As an editor, I felt that the Western media was not portraying the real China that I know. There are so many great things about China-the amazing people, the beautiful culture and the rich history. All of these were rarely covered by Western media. So, as an expatriate living in China, I wanted to promote Pingtan and tell the world that life in China is beautiful," adds Yii.

Yii started to make English vlogs in Pingtan. Her channel "Stephy's Pingtan Travel" covers stories including those of other expatriates living in Pingtan, traditional Chinese food and the artisan village bazaars.

"Growing up as a Chinese Malaysian, my parents had always taught me to be aware of our roots. I remember growing up, reading and watching Chinese stories like Journey to the West. It was an important part of my childhood," Yii says.

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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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