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An Baijie

China Daily (Canada) - - TOP NEWS - By LI YANG in Chengdu liyang@chi­nadaily.com.cn

WhenFif­teenI walked­chil­drenon reg­u­lar­lythe street­suse­arat­tanofQueen­stown,lad­der­toscaleI an found800-me­terthatthe­cliff­beau­ti­fu­lon­theirscenery

way to andinthe­from­moun­tain­ous­board­ing school­place wa­sev­ery­fullt­woof week­sex­otic fla­vor,in­Liang­shan­but theYi­au­tonomous­facesI­saww­erepre­fec­ture­al­ways in quiteSichuan­fa­mil­iar—prov­ince.many were trav­el­er­sThechil­dren,fromChina.aged 6 to 15, be­longAs­in­tomany72­fam­i­liesother­touris­minA­tuler des­ti­na­tionsvil­lageinZhao­juearound­county.the The world,vil­lager­s­there­go­toarethenu­mer­ous­near­est­mar­ket Chi­ne­se­mar­ket­sev­er­al­saleswomen,kilo­me­ter­s­awayrestau­rantsthis

once a weekan­dus­ing­gift­theshopssamein­lad­der to part­buyne­ces­si­tiesofNewZealand’sand­sel­lSoutha­gri­cul­tural Is­land.agri­cul­tur­al­prod­ucts, mainly pep­per andFol­low­ing­wal­nut. Aus­tralia, China is nowThe the­lad­der­sec­ond-isalargestchain­tourism

of 17 small­er­mar­ket­lad­der­s­forNewZealand.tied­to­gether, someAtc­trip.even­com,per­pen­dic­u­lartheweb­site­andof one­fixed­oftoChina’sthe­clif­flead­ing­with­steel­tourism

bars or tim­bers.agen­cies,There­man­yareChi­ne­senosafety trav­el­ersmea­sures.shareAvil­lagertheir in­ex­pe­ri­ence­s­places

his 40s fell of­fofvis­it­ingth­e­cliff and­fa­mous­died not long in­ago.NewZealand, such as the townChenofMata­mata,Jigu,one­ofthe­where­vil­lagers,the The said Lordthe lad­derof the is Ringsas old fil­mas­the vil­lage, se­riesvil­lage,may­be­wasshot.hun­dreds of years.

There“Were­pla­ceisaChi­ne­seal­ad­der­say­ing,with a read­new oneathou­sand­when­we­books,find trav­elo­neof ath­emt­hou­san­dis­rot­ten,”miles.ChenIt’ssaid.no doubtMost­thatof theChi­ne­se­fam­i­lies­peo­ple­live in have­hous­es­got­ten­madeaof­bet­ter­mud, thatchun­der­stand­ingth­rough

and wood. Theof vil­lager­s­the­world­said their trav­e­lances­tors­glob­al­ly­cho­sein­tore­centlive in­years.this dif­fiMany­cult place­lo­cal busi­ness­men­to­hide­fromwar are­an­dusedtrib­al­to­con­flth­isicts.sit­u­a­tion. WhenBut Ithat­go­ta­has­busi­nessled­to­card­great fromtrou­bleGe­of­fMarks,in­life.It­takes­busi­ness­about de­vel­op­menttwohours­forex­ec­u­tivethechil­dren,at led LakeWanakabyanadult,toTourism,climb upI the found that the card was bilin­gual, with­Marks’ name in Chi­nese and even his user ID forWeChat, one of the most pop­u­lar social apps in China, printed on the card.

Yet for many non-busi­ness­peo­ple who have never been to China, the coun­try re­mains a re­mote place with a quite dif­fer­ent cul­ture and his­tory.

As a re­sult, dur­ing Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping’s state visit to NewZealand­cliff,and­near­lyin oneNovem­beran­da­half 2014,hours­theto­gettwodown.coun­tries reachedWhen­con­sen­susav­il­lager tois boost­toosick cul­tur­al­to­climbex­changes.down­the mountain, a per­son­Events be­gin­ning­must­tiehimTues­day,orher in­cludin­gontotheir back­the2016­to­getNewZealan­dandthe

down the cliff with­Chi­natheFilmWeekhelpoftwo other Beau­ti­ful­vil­lagers. China photo and bookAll ex­hi­bi­tion,thevil­lager­sare­liv­eparts­hand-ofto­mouth theto­mouthef­fort­son­lessto­buildthan $a1bridgea­day. for“Ourpeo­ple­mainacross­in­come­thet­wois from coun­tries.thep­ep­per and wal­nut,” said the vil­lageNewZealand­head,ErPrimeMin­is­ter­playeda

Di­jiang. “The buy­er­sJohn­knowKey­haswe are from the lead­ing­moun­tain­to­pro­leinvil­lagedealin­gand­with­thatwe China,donot­wan­tand­last­to­car­ry­mon­ththe­hep­ep­perfin­ished or wal­nut­shissix­th­back,vis­itso they­tothe­of­fer a coun­try.muchlow­erOn­priceFeb10,— wethe­haveeve­ofno Spring­choice.”Fes­ti­val, the prime min­is­terApiJiti,ex­tend­edPar­ty­chiefhisofwish­esA­tuler invil­lage,Chi­nese—said:“It gongis im­pos­si­blexi fa cai to (build­wishin­gaschooly­ouaon­bigth­e­for­tune)moun­tain­top and­moun­tain­top­be­cau­sexin nian the kuai area le is(toohap­pys­mall. newyear)—Th­eschooldown­toChi­ne­sethe­moun­tain­im­mi­grants has re­li­ableinNewZealand.powerand wa­ter sup­pliesHope­fully,and­moreNewZealandlearn­from

the liv­ing con­di­tion­s­peo­pleare­much­will bet­ter than in theirthevil­lage.”prime min­is­ter to get to knowTheChina,liv­ing do­cost­busi­nes­sis300 yuan­with Chi­nese($45.70) peo­pleasemesterand­makeper­child friend­sattheschool.with­them.The ed­u­ca­tion it­self is free. But the board­ing Con­tact­cost is still the a writer­big ex­pen­di­tureat an­bai­jie@chi­nadaily.com.cn for par­ents.

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