An artistic window on display at China Doors and Windows Museum in Gaobeidian. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]
Residents in the city of Baoding, based in North China’s Hebei province, are preparing for the First Baoding Tourism Industry Development Conference, set to be held for two days from Sept 22. Three county-level cities in Baoding – including Gaobeidian, Dingxing and Baigou – will host the event.
Gaobeidian, the main host city, has invested 3.5 billion yuan ($540.3 million) to build a world specialty town, a sports town, a modern agricultural park, Yanzhao Park, a world door, a window town and a health care town. The sports town, fusing sports with tourism, is one of the main projects for the conference, which has the highest artificial monomer climbing gym in the world, which is also the largest in Asia.
A Chinese intangible cultural heritage town will also be built in Dingxing in order to fully utilize cultural foundations.
“The first batch of more than 30 intangible cultural heritage items will be settled in the town, including Jing embroidery and Yellow River lamp array,” a representative of the local government organ said. A total of 17 intangible cultural heritage items will also be on show in the area during the conference.
Baigou, noted for its bag and case production, is further building a complex fusing trade with tourism, cultural experience, technology and entertainment. Incorporating art and culture, the complex is a platform for fashion and creative designs, as well art and life festivals, and interactive music experiences.
The number of major construction projects for the First Baoding Tourism Industry Development Conference totals 68, with an overall investment of nearly 19 billion yuan.
A media group, gathering reporters from various media agencies nationwide, toured Baoding for four days from Sept 5, in order to cover the improvement of tourism infrastructure and ecological construction in Baoding city, as well as the city's preparation for the upcoming Tourism Industry Development Conference.
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