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"2024 Charming China (Guangdong)—Asia Culture Tour" in Jakarta dazzles Indonesian audiences with cultural wonders

BY :GD Today

UPDATED :2024-06-25

The highly anticipated "Charming China (Guangdong) — Asia Culture Tour" concluded successfully in Jakarta on June 24, leaving attendees with a deep impression of the rich cultural and tourism resources of Guangdong.

The event, held to promote the dynamic potential of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, was marked by a series of captivating performances, informative presentations, and immersive exhibitions. Government officials from both China's Guangdong and Indonesia, travel agents and enthusiasts, media professionals, university representatives, students from Confucius institutions, and Chinese culture lovers are among those gathering to explore the rich culture and tourism of Guangdong.

World-Class Tourist Destination Promotion

The event commenced with the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area World-Class Tourist Destination Promotion Conference. This segment featured engaging presentations by influencers and captivating videos, introducing the innovative "one journey, multiple destinations" travel routes within the Greater Bay Area. Attendees were encouraged to explore multiple cities in a single trip, gaining a comprehensive understanding of the region's diverse and high-quality cultural tourism resources.

Vibrant Cultural Performances

The event was filled with Guangdong vibes with a series of performances that showcased the vibrant cultural wonders of the province.

The event opened with the dynamic Chaoyang Yingge Dance, a traditional dance from the Guangdong Chaozhou region, recognized as a national intangible cultural heritage. This performance, symbolizing the triumph of good over evil and a wish for peace and prosperity, captivated the audience with its energetic and rhythmic movements. 

Lion dance and dragon dance performances also brought joy and excitement to the audience, embodying power, good fortune, and prosperity. 

The breathtaking martial arts performances left the audience in awe of the performers' skill and precision. Moreover, attendees were treated to a variety of traditional Chinese music, including the Erhu solo pieces "Jasmine" and "Clouds Chasing the Moon".

Immersive Exhibitions

As another highlight of the event, the "Charming Guangdong" Photography Exhibition featured a stunning collection of photographs capturing the beauty and cultural richness of Guangdong. 

It comprised fifty works completed by photojournalists and photographers from the Nanfang Media Group and the Guangdong Photographers Association. The exhibition is divided into three sections: "Integration of Mountains, Cities, Rivers, and Seas: Harmonious Coexistence of All Things," "Global Economic and Trade Connections: A Hotbed for Innovation and Entrepreneurship," and "Lingnan Cultural Essence: A Beautiful and Prosperous Land."

Visitors can appreciate the beautiful landscapes and cultural customs from various regions of Guangdong province, including the bustling urban scenes of Guangzhou, the modern cityscapes of Shenzhen, and the historical and cultural landmarks of Shantou, Jiangmen, Meizhou, and more.

The exhibition also highlights famous "Guangdong icons" such as Cantonese opera, lion dances, dragon boat races, and Wing Chun. Additionally, it showcases Guangdong's achievements in the new era, documenting its rapid development in economy, technology, and culture through themes like the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge and the Canton Fair.

The exhibition pays special attention to Guangdong's culture and ecology, presenting the intricate details of life and the charm of nature. It vividly reflects the green and beautiful Guangdong under high-quality development and the happy lives of its people. The photographers, akin to treasure hunters, delve into the vast fields and daily lives of people, using their lenses to tell the compelling stories of Guangdong, the Greater Bay Area, and China.

Alongside the photography exhibition, the event wowed the visitors with the Exhibition of Selected Guangdong Folk Art Pieces. It showcased the essence of folk art from the Cantonese, Hakka, and Chaoshan regions through displays and interactive exchanges. The exhibited works are both the handcrafted legacies of folk art masters and a reflection of the lifestyle of the people in the Lingnan region. 

Objects such as the Guangdong embroidery, Guangzhou painted porcelain (Guangcai), and Foshan woodblock New Year pictures transported visitors to the world of Lingnan culture. They expressed their admiration for the intricate craftsmanship and the rich cultural heritage attached. Another attendee commented, "The folk art pieces are not just art; they are a window into the daily lives and cultural practices of the people of Guangdong. It’s amazing to see such a rich heritage preserved and celebrated."

A Celebration of Cultural Exchange

As the curtains closed, the event was hailed as a resounding success, fostering cultural understanding and highlighting the diverse attractions of Guangdong to an international audience. The immersive cultural experience provided attendees with a deeper appreciation for the rich cultural heritage of Guangdong and the dynamic potential of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area as a world-class tourist destination.

Editor: Joyce