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Cruise to promote South Fujian's culture

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Updated: 2018-02-13

Cruise to promote South Fujian's culture

Costa neoRomantica, a cruise operated by Costa Group. [Photo/gcaptain.com]

A cultural and artistic exchange and promotion activity, featuring South Fujian's cultural elements and Xiamen's involvement in the implementation of China's Belt and Road Initiative, will be held on Costa neoRomantica's deck starting March 22.

This is the country's first cultural and artistic promotion event to be held on a cruise. It is organized by the Xiamen Municipal Commission of the Tourism Development, Xiamen Culture, Radio and Television, Press and Publication Bureau. Xiamen Port Holding Group is behind the idea of the cultural and artistic tour.

The cruise will depart Xiamen on a voyage to Manila, Boracay, Brunei and Sabah, where many overseas Chinese gather.

Organizers reveal that the climax of the cultural tour will include performances of glove puppetry and Nanyin music, a traditional opera sung in the southern Fujian dialect that has existed for more than 1,000 years. Nanyin, one of the oldest forms of Chinese music preserved in its original state, was listed in UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2009, bringing it international attention.

Passengers will also enjoy a stage play based on a story about an 80-some year-old woman who returned to Xiamen to visit her families after living overseas for years. The play will demonstrate the rapid development of China and close family bonds.

The Xiamen Port is a strategically important link on the maritime Silk Road. Many people in South Fujian used to head for Southeast Asia from Xiamen. Today, the port still plays a key role in the construction of the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road as shoulders the responsibility of promoting South Fujian culture, and strengthening institutional and people-to-people connectivity.

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