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International cultural industries fair opens in south China metropolis

2024-05-24 21:16 Last Updated At:05-25 11:33

The 20th China (Shenzhen) International Cultural Industries Fair (ICIF) burst into vibrant life on Thursday, as it opened its doors in the bustling metropolis of Shenzhen.

This year, the fair introduced a groundbreaking addition -- the "Cultural and Creative China" exhibition area. Spanning over 1,300 square meters, this captivating space brought together more than 300 awe-inspiring cultural products from the most esteemed creative institutions across the country. It was a vivid showcase of how cultural innovation intertwines seamlessly with the daily life of the people.

The heart of the fair beat at the Shenzhen World Exhibition and Convention Center, where eight pavilions take the center stage, focusing on fields such as cultural industry innovation, integration of culture and tourism, gaming and e-sports, and Guochao, also known as Chinese trends or "China chic".

The fair has truly lived up to its reputation as the largest exhibition platform for China's cultural industry. Over 120,000 cultural products adorn the exhibition halls, representing 31 provincial-level regions in the Chinese mainland, and the Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan regions. It makes an overwhelming display of the nation's rich cultural heritage.

But the fair is not just a grand exhibition. It is a stage alive with performances and artistry. Accomplished performers and revered masters of their crafts are mesmerizing visitors, offering a feast for the senses and a glimpse into the soul of Chinese culture.

"As a young inheritor to the Yueju Opera, it means a lot to bring the Yueju Opera for cultural exchanges here at the fair. I think this is very significant, and will work hard to keep promoting our traditional culture," said Li Yunxiao, a young inheritor to the Yueju Opera.

The Yueju Opera is one of the five major Chinese operas and the second largest type nationally. It is also known as "Chinese drama" abroad. The Yueju Opera is skillful in narration and sentiment, its performance is characterized by beautiful singing with aesthetic and elegant moods.

According to fair organizers, the 20th ICIF, held offline and online simultaneously, has attracted over 6,000 government entities, cultural organizations and enterprises. More than 300 overseas exhibitors from 60 countries and regions are participating in the fair. 

Established in 2004, the fair has become a leading cultural event in China.

International cultural industries fair opens in south China metropolis

International cultural industries fair opens in south China metropolis

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Cargo throughput surges as China's ports streamline customs clearance

2024-07-20 07:14 Last Updated At:08:27

China's border ports have been implementing a range of cargo facilitation policies, leading to a surge in cargo throughput, with a nearly 57 percent year-on-year increase in the inspection of transportation vehicles in the first half of 2024.

According to the data recently released by the National Immigration Administration, China's ports inspected about 15.42 million vehicle, vessel, and train trips in the first six months of this year, a 56.9 percent jump from the same period last year.

The border ports have rolled out a series of measures to streamline customs clearance for cargo. At major land ports, fast lanes have been set up for the rapid release of critical supplies. At major seaports, online declaration has been enabled for border inspection boarding. In international shipping, arriving vessels can have much faster departures thanks to the efficient inspections.

The combined sea-rail transport model, utilizing maritime routes and the China-Europe freight train service, has made the port of Lianyungang in east China's Jiangsu Province one of the most convenient and economical gateways to the sea. It handles more than 80 percent of Kazakhstan's transit cargo to China.

At the port, containers carrying with auto parts, home appliances, and other products are offloaded, hoisted onto trucks, and then loaded onto China-Europe freight trains bound for destinations like Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.

"From unloading to boarding the freight train, the entire process can now be completed in as little as eight minutes. These containers are expected to reach the border ports within six days, greatly reducing transportation time and cost," said a logistics company employee.

The Youyi Pass in the southern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, also known as Friendship Pass, on the China-Vietnam border is an important cross-national trade channel. To enhance the clearance efficiency of imported fruits, the port has established "durian-only" channels and green channels for agricultural products, as well as an intelligent inspection assistance system. A Chinese cargo truck can now clear customs in just 15 seconds.

As the country's largest land port for fruit imports and exports, the Youyi Pass saw fruit imports worth 23.92 billion yuan (about 3.3 billion U.S. dollars) in 2023, a 262.9-percent surge year on year.

Pattama Narmwong, chairman of the Thai Mangosteen Association, noted that the greatly improved clearance efficiency has considerably cut down on transportation time and costs, supporting the burgeoning development of fruit trade between China and Southeast Asian nations.

Cargo throughput surges as China's ports streamline customs clearance

Cargo throughput surges as China's ports streamline customs clearance

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