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GANSU, July 15, China 的aily - ong the banks of the Yellow River in Baiyin city’s beautiful wetland park, Northwest China’s Gansu province, the Yellow River Cultural Tourism Festival kicked off on July 11, gscn.com.cn reported.

As part of the fourth Dunhuang Tour Silk Road International Tourism Festival held in Gansu from June 15 to July 15, the Yellow River tourism festival aims to further explore local cultural and touristic resources, especially within the tourist routes of the Yellow River Stone Forest and the Yellow River gorges.

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Art performances at the opening ceremony of the Yellow River Cultural Tourism Festivalheld in Baiyin in Northwest China’s Gansu province on July 11. [Photo/gscn.com.cn]

Li Lanhong, secretary of Baiyin district’s Party committee, gave a speech at the opening ceremony and said Baiyin district has effectively balanced urban and rural development and does its utmost to develop countryside tourism.

As for next step, the district will need to merge culture, tourism and technology to promote its important projects, Li added. He said the district will focus on the construction of infrastructure, branding and attracting investment in order to further improve.

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Chen Qiyin, vice-mayor of Baiyin city, Gansu province, gives a speech at the opening ceremony of the Yellow River Cultural Tourism Festival on July 11. [Photo/gscn.com.cn]

In addition to artistic performances, Gansu calligraphers and photographers were invited to exhibit their works and conduct on-site demonstrations during the event.
Nearly 1,000 people including local government officials, representatives from travel agencies and enterprises, and reporters attended the opening ceremony.

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Li Lanhong, secretary of Baiyin district’s Party committee, gives a speech at the opening ceremony of the Yellow River Cultural Tourism Festival on July 11. [Photo/gscn.com.cn]

FUJIAN, July 11, China 的aily - Green tea from a tea garden in Guanyang village, Pingnan county, Fujian province, got approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be exported to America.

Guo Xueyi, owner of the tea garden, is 67 years old. He came from Beijing to Guanyang village and established the tea garden 10 years ago. The tea garden is surrounded by wetland, stream and forest. Guanyang village is 900 meters above sea level, and has a big temperature difference between day and night, which is best for growing green tea.

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Guo Xueyi introduces his green tea to a local official.

Americans set strict standards for food, and Guo Xueyi said that there were two factors for his tea gaining favor in America. One is that the tea is without pesticides. The other is that catechin content in the tea is almost twice the normal level. And the vitamin C content in the tea is 100 times the level of an American tangerine.

Guo Xueyi has two plans for the development of his tea garden. First, he is planning to build a green tea capsule processing factory in Pingnan and make the tea available in the domestic market. Second, he plans to turn the tea garden into a resort. Last year, 100 older people from all over China came to the garden, and more visitors are expected to spend their holidays in the garden this year.

The tea garden has provided many jobs for local residents, and working in the tea garden can pay better than farming. There is a highway under construction across the tea garden, which will provide more convenience and bring more opportunities.

HUAI’AN, July 8, Xinhua - The 28th National Lotus Flowers Exhibition kicks off on July 8, 2014 at Jinhu County in Huai'an, east China's Jiangsu Province.

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Photo taken on July 8, 2014 shows lotus flowers during the 28th National Lotus Flowers Exhibition. (Xinhua/Chen Yichen)

HO CHI MINH CITY, June 25, Xinhua - Vietnam has become the 69th member of the International Tropical Timber Organization ( ITTO), and its entry is expected to bring more benefits to the country's forest sector, local media reported Wednesday.

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MALAYSIA, June 15, Xinhua - 2014 Putrajaya flower festival was held in Putrajaya, Malaysia, June 15, 2014,it will last for 9 days.

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People visit the 2014 flower festival in Putrajaya, Malaysia, June 15, 2014.  (Xinhua/Chong Voon Chung)

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