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Heilongjiang a cool summer getaway

Updated: 2022-08-09 08:33 ( Xinhua )
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Rows of recreational vehicles are parked neatly in the city of Heihe in Northeast China's Heilongjiang province, while groups of tourists drink tea, chat and prepare food.

As many parts of China have entered "hot weather mode" as summer reaches its height, cities in the country's northernmost province have seen a tourism boom.

Summer temperatures in Heihe, located on the border between China and Russia, rarely top 20 C, and many tourists from all over the country have chosen to spend the summer here as part of an "RV tour".

"The city is clean, and it's very convenient to buy food at the morning market. It is very comfortable here. I plan to stay for a few more days," says Ji Guifeng, a tourist from Tianjin.

"We have planned special parking areas for RV tourists, providing them with services such as water and electricity," says Li Liyan with the city's tourism bureau.

With an excellent environment, cool climate conditions and improved supporting facilities, Heihe has vigorously developed its tourism sector in recent years, Li 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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