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Kunming treat at Yuyuan

Authentic folk performances from ethnic artists of southwest China may bring some relief from the scorching weather to tourists swarming the city’s Yuyuan Garden Malls.

Dining and shopping facilities near the historic garden, which grew from a prosperous market around the City God Temple some 140 years ago, launched a cultural and tourism promotion event showcasing the Yunnan provincial capital, Kunming, over the weekend.

During the event through August 23, citizens and tourists from both home and abroad can watch singing and dancing by ethnic groups and see more than 100-year-old artisanship, while tasting typical snacks or shopping for handmade souvenirs from Kunming known as “the city of eternal spring.”

It is part of a decade of cooperation between Shanghai and Yunnan to help promote the cultural and tourism resources of the remote province in landmark local attractions that draw tens of thousands tourists from around the world.

The Yuyuan Garden Malls has been cooperating with the Yunnan Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism for 16 years. Each year, a Yunnan city is invited to host an event to showcase its cultures and travel attractions free of charge.

This year’s event features iconic scenes from Kunming, such as the Golden Horse and Jade Rooster archway, the sea of flowers and a replica of a treasurable violin of Nie Er (1912-1935), the composer of China’s national anthem.

Artists in traditional ethnic costumes will stage performances between 10am and 11am and 6:30pm and 7:30pm in front of the Huabao Mansion every day.


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