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Guizhou's rich cultural tapestry, a global beacon of modernization

By Douglas Dueno | chinadaily.com.cn| Updated: 2023-09-26 Print

Guizhou, often likened to a hidden gem of China, is a province of unparalleled beauty. Its breathtaking landscapes, characterized by elevated peaks that reach sky-high, lush forests, and meandering rivers, have inspired poets and artists for centuries. It was here that I had the opportunity to unveil the province's secrets as Guizhou embraces modernization while preserving its rich cultural heritage. Amidst the sky-high peaks of Guizhou, the secrets of heaven themselves seem to be cradled, waiting to be discovered.

In recent years, Guizhou has emerged as a beacon of progress, captivating the world's attention not only for its natural splendor but also for its commitment to sharing its culture and tourism treasures with the global community.

International participants from the field of mountain tourism and outdoor sports were invited to the scenic Qianxinan Bouyei and Miao Autonomous Prefecture in China to inaugurate the 2023 International Conference of Mountain Tourism and Outdoor Sports, or MTOS, in Xingyi city on Sept 15.


The inaugural event of the 2023 International Conference of Mountain Tourism and Outdoor Sports (MTOS) took place in Xingyi city on Sept 15.

The focal point of this year's MTOS conference serves as a key platform for Guizhou to showcase its natural wonders and cultural treasures, explore the profound integration of mountain tourism with diverse industries, and advance the quality-driven development and delivery of premium tourism experiences to the global community.

Yet, Guizhou's aspirations reach far beyond preserving its past; it is steadfastly embracing the future. The MTOS conference served as a platform for discussions on Guizhou's modernization journey. Through panel discussions and presentations, Guizhou's leaders outlined their vision for a more prosperous, sustainable, and globally connected province. For instance, a presentation highlighted Guizhou's ambitious infrastructure projects, like the state-of-the-art bridges that are seamlessly connecting its regions with neighboring provinces.

I find myself immersed in a breathtaking environment, surrounded by fertile hills, pristine rivers, and the vibrant tapestry of Guizhou's culture, coupled with the warmth of China's Miao and Bouyei ethnic minorities. Here, these words of the sky-high peaks of Guizhou hold the secrets of heaven and take on a profound resonance as the mystical allure of the province's landscapes indeed seems to hold the secrets of heaven.


Guizhou's commitment to sustainable development is evident in its efforts to balance modernization with the preservation of its cultural heritage. This is particularly noteworthy as the province strikes a delicate equilibrium between urban expansion in Xingyi and the conservation of its natural landscapes. The development of eco-friendly infrastructure and the promotion of responsible tourism practices have become hallmarks of Guizhou's modernization strategy.

Throughout my travels, one remarkable aspect I saw of Guizhou's modernization is its dedication to inclusivity. The province recognizes the importance of involving local communities in the development process. Minority cultures and traditions are not only respected but also celebrated, and local residents are active participants in shaping the future of the city. This collaborative approach fosters a sense of pride and ownership among the people of Guizhou, ensuring that their cultural heritage remains vibrant.

An Italian travel YouTuber, Michele Ponte, among the foreign guests, marveled at Guizhou's captivating blend of tradition and modernity, "It's like walking through the verses of ancient Chinese poetry," he mused. "The timeless beauty comes alive here, amidst the modernity and innovation." Michele's words echoed the profound beauty that Guizhou offers.

Guizhou's modernization journey is a testament to the province's commitment to preserving its natural beauty and rich cultural heritage while embracing progress. As visitors come together, they witness the harmonious coexistence of tradition and modernity. Guizhou's story of modernization echoing through the global community is an inspiring one, demonstrating that progress can be achieved while cherishing the treasures of the past.

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