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Expats take in virtual suburban splendors

THE city’s cultural and tourism authorities promoted Shanghai’s suburban splendors to expats yesterday to mark World Tourism Day.

The day has the theme “Tourism and Rural Development” this year.

Five tourism routes in the city’s suburbs were promoted by the Shanghai Administration of Culture and Tourism, covering Baoshan, Jinshan, Chongming, Fengxian districts and the Pudong New Area.

Representatives from tourism offices of countries like Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Hungary and Croatia and travel agency staffers attended the promotional event at the Baoshan District Long Modern Art Center.

During the event, participants were taken on a virtual tour of Gucun Park, Muran Farm, Oriental Holiday Pastoral Garden and Tianping Village Happy Farm in Baoshan, where they appreciated the flowerbeds, experienced local farming, and sunk their teeth into sweet fruit.

They were invited to experience the typical Jiangnan flavor at Fengjing Ancient Town with a history of about 700 years and draw traditional farmer paintings at the China Farmer Painting Village in Jinshan District.

They were also “guided” to Chongming Island where people can experience the slow countryside life at Xianqiao Village of Shuxin Town, the rich ecological resources at Dongping National Forest Park, and the intangible cultural heritage display at the Jiangnan Folk Culture Village.

A number of hidden villages in Fengxian, such as Puxiu Village and Xinye Village which have a typical Jiangnan view of lucid water and green shores, were also promoted.

Participants got to taste Zhuanghang mutton and sip shaojiu, or distilled liquor, in Fengxian. The tradition of tasting mutton with shaojiu is an intangible cultural heritage of Shanghai.

At the Lingang Area in Pudong, they were taken on a virtual journey to the Shanghai Flower Port and Nanhuizui Park, a spot to appreciate sunrises.

“Shanghai has been conducting rural vitalization projects toward the goal of a beautiful homeland, green pastorale and happy paradise,” said Cheng Meihong, deputy director of the tourism administration.

“The development of new business models and cultural experiences is bringing new vitality into Shanghai’s suburbs.”

Englishman Ramsay Kerr, founder of The Dragon Trip & The Learning Adventure, who has been living in Shanghai for nine years, said: “I have not been to too many countryside areas in Shanghai, except to Jinshan once. It is very beautiful.”


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