Tour show­cases Guizhou’s cul­tures

China Daily (Canada) - - CHINA - By FU CHAO and YANG JUN in Guiyang

Pho­tog­ra­phers and jour­nal­ists from ma­jor Asian me­dia or­ga­ni­za­tions gath­ered in Guiyang for the kick­off event of an in­ter­view tour of Guizhou prov­ince on Wed­nes­day.

With sup­port from China Daily and the Guizhou provin­cial govern­ment’s pub­lic­ity depart­ment, the tour aims to spot­light the prov­ince’s cul­tures, scenic en­vi­ron­ment and nat­u­ral re­sources.

The six-day trip will cover some of the prov­ince’s most pop­u­lar tourism spots, like the Con­fu­cius School and the Miao Vil­lage, Guizhou Deputy Gover­nor He Li said in a speech at the launch­ing cer­e­mony for the tour.

The West China prov­ince is home to 17 eth­nic groups whose hous­ing, cloth­ing and re­li­gious prac­tices have re­mained the same over the ages, He said.

The deputy gover­nor added that the prov­ince has a large en­ergy re­serve, in­clud­ing coal, and a boom­ing econ­omy, which adds to its ap­peal to in­vestors.

Fu Yingchun, head of the Guizhou Tourism Ad­min­is­tra­tion, also gave a speech at the cer­e­mony, say­ing Guizhou is a won­der­land for pho­tog­ra­phers as it has pic­turesque land­scapes and a pop­u­la­tion that is “born to dance and sing”.

Fu said Guizhou is known for its nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment and var­i­ous folk cul­tures and is rec­og­nized in the coun­try as the “park prov­ince”. Its 176,000 sq km are cov­ered with scenic spots and her­itage sites.

Huang Yingfeng, an ex­pert on Guizhou’s folk cul­ture from Tai­wan, spoke at the cer­e­mony about his vis­its to the prov­ince.

Huang said he has vis­ited the prov­ince more than 100 times and has ac­quired a large collection of ar­ti­facts, in­clud­ing more than 10,000 tra­di­tional Miao eth­nic­ity cos­tumes.

He said that the tra­di­tional diao jiao lou, or hang­ing house, of the Miao people has been an im­por­tant in­spi­ra­tion for mod­ern ar­chi­tec­ture.

China Daily Deputy Edi­tor-in-Chief Kang Bing also helped kick off the tour with a speech.

The pho­tog­ra­phers on the in­ter­view tour will have an op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence Miao cul­ture later in the trip.

Af­ter the cer­e­mony, they vis­ited the Con­fu­cius School, a wet­land park and Qian­ling Moun­tain Park in Guiyang, which is fa­mous for hav­ing wild mon­keys that wan­der freely through­out the park. Con­tact the writ­ers at fuchao@ chi­nadaily.com.cn.

ZHU XINGXIN / CHINA DAILY

Pho­tog­ra­phers from Asian me­dia or­ga­ni­za­tions cover a Miao eth­nic toast rit­ual in the Qian­dong­nan Miao and Dong au­ton­o­mous pre­fec­ture in Guizhou prov­ince on Thurs­day.

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