Spring rural tourism festival kicks off in Jinshi town
Xiangtan’s spring rural tourism festival kicks off in Jinshi town, Xiangxiang, Hunan province on March 21, 2018. [Photo/xiangxiang.gov.cn]
Xiangtan’s spring rural tourism festival kicked off in Jinshi town, Xiangxiang, Hunan province on March 21.
Hosted by the Xiangtan Municipal Bureau of Tourism, Foreign, Hong Kong, Macao and Overseas Chinese Affairs and the People’s Government of Xiangxiang, the spring rural tourism festival is aimed at appreciating the culture of Zhuang Yuan (Number One Scholar in the Imperial Examination) and enjoying beautiful flowers.
Taking part in the Nongfubao tents festival, appreciating the Dongquan tea garden, watching the Zhuang Yuan Tower and seeing the thousands of years-old apricot tree are all possible, and will develop Xiangtan’s rural tourism.
The wonderful performances at the opening ceremony of the Xiangtan spring rural tourism festival attract villagers and tourists from all the country. [Photo/xiangxiang.gov.cn]
The Jinshi town is home to Wang Rong, the only Zhuang Yuan in central Hunan. Wang was born in Dahu village of Jinshi town, and the town still preserves many cultural heritages, such as the Zhuang Yuan Tower, Zhuang Yuan village and the thousand year-old gingko tree. The town also holds a Zhuang yuan banquet, which is based on the banquet that Wang gave to villagers in silken robes, to welcome guests from afar.
Zhang Xianghan, direct of the Xiangtan Municipal Bureau of Tourism, Foreign, Hong Kong, Macao and Overseas Chinese Affairs, said that the government of Xiangxiang has paid a great deal of attention to the tourism industry, and the development of all-for-one tourism in Xiangxiang has achieved encouraging results and led to several local characteristic festival brands, such as the water festival of Shuifu demonstration area, the peach blossom festival in Fanjiang town, the gesang flower festival in Lishan town and the lotus festival in Heye town, Shuangfeng county. The spring rural tourism festival in Jinshi town introduces rural tourism routes and guides tourists back to nature.
According to Xie Beikui, vice mayor of Xiangxiang, the Xinagtan spring rural tourism festival is the largest and longest tourism event in Xiangxiang since the start of this year, and is also an important measure to promote the city’s all-for-one tourism. He hopes that the festival, together with the beautiful rape flowers and colorful folk cultures, will provide wonderful experiences for the tourists.
Tourists take photos in the rape flower base. [Photo/xiangxiang.gov.cn]
Xiangxiang’s Jinshi town is an important grain production base in the city. In order to promote development of rural tourism, the town has combined its characteristic industries with rural tourism in recent years. Taking advantage of the high-end farm equipment and flexible land transfer, the town has been into whole process mechanization operation in planting of rice and rape seed. Currently, the rape production base has grown to more than 10,000 mu (6.67 square kilometers) from the initial 100 mu of a few years ago, with multiple increased efficiencies and reduced costs.