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Tuesday, April 13 2021 - 16:41
AsiaNet
China's Yichang Invites Global Tourists
YICHANG, China, Apr. 13, 2021 /Xinhua-AsiaNet/--

On April 12, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs held a special global 
promotion for Hubei Province, central China. Yichang, a world famous hydropower 
city and home to a number of ancient Chinese celebrities, made a stunning 
appearance in front of the world, according to the Publicity Department of 
Yichang Municipality.

Yichang is located in the southwest of Hubei, at the boundary between the upper 
and middle reaches of the Yangtze River. It is known as the "Three Gorges 
Gateway" and the "Throat of Sichuan and Hubei", with a resident population of 
4,137,900. It is the hometown of Qu Yuan, a famous patriotic poet in the 
Warring States Period of China, and Wang Zhaojun, a princess who was married to 
Tibet.

In the video of the Foreign Ministry's special promotion of Hubei to the world, 
there are Yichang's spectacular Three Gorges Dam, the soft and beautiful 
Qingjiang Gallery, and the traditional handmade brocade technique of the Tujia 
ethnic minority. There are still the stilted houses, the covered boat along Xia 
River, and the sounds of oars, and the work song of boat trackers, which make 
up the special features of the Three Gorges family of the local Bachu culture. 
There are also the ancient battlefield of Xiaoting in the Three Kingdoms Period 
and the Dangyang Pass Mausoleum, which has a history of more than 1,800 years, 
built in memory of Guan Yu, general of Shu in the Three Kingdoms Period.

In Yichang, visitors can enjoy the Changyang Nanqu singing with a history of 
200 years. When singing, there is no makeup, no performance, and the singers 
play the three-string accompaniment by themselves. Almost all the performances 
of the Nanqu are handed down orally, and sometimes there are handwritten lyrics 
and ancient music copies scattered in some corners of the society. Yuan'an 
Hua-Drum Opera is another unique local folk dance. It is usually a pair or 
several pairs of men and women, with one hand waving a handkerchief and the 
other playing a Chinese fan, while singing and dancing. In addition to 
traditional singing and dancing, Yichang is also a famous city of modern 
pianos. One seventh of the pianos in the world are "made in Yichang" every year.

The Chinese custom of making zongzi to commemorate Qu Yuan on the Dragon Boat 
Festival every year originated from Yichang. Located at the boundary between 
the upper and middle reaches of the Yangtze River, this area is rich in natural 
fish resources, and the Yangtze River fat fish is a famous local dish. Major 
cuisines blend with each other here, and Yichang people are eclectic, forming 
Yichang Bachu cuisine with delicate flavor and spicy flavor. It is rich in 
citrus, tea and kiwifruit. Visitors can experience the pleasure of picking 
oranges, kiwifruit and tea. Yichang is also home to the Tujia ethnic minority. 
Tourists can enjoy the Tujia hand waving dance, an ancient dance popular with 
the Tujia ethnic group. Visit during the Chinese New Year and enjoy the special 
Tujia delicacy cooked in a steamer with corn flour mixed with fresh pork, aged 
pumpkin, radish and potatoes.

With a total length of 896 kilometers and running through 12 counties and 
cities, the 12 ecological landscape corridors are reconstructing the urban 
fabric of Yichang. Eight RV camps distributed in key areas are welcoming 
self-driving tourists from all over the country. The construction of a number 
of key projects, such as Wufeng International Ski Resort, Dianjun Baiyunshan 
Town and Xialaoxi 809 Industrial Site, is injecting new vitality into Yichang's 
all-for-one tourism.

Yichang welcomes friends from all over the world to taste the delicious food 
and feel the local customs.

Source: The Publicity Department of Yichang Municipality

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