In celebration of autumn harvest, the tenth Gongcheng Persimmon Festival takes place in Gongcheng Yao Autonomous County of southeast Guilin, from October 26 to November 24. 2013, for about one month.
Girls of the Yao minority were dancing in the persimmon orchard.
During the festival, a wide range of activities themed around “Happy Persimmon Town” includes persimmon-throwing fight, persimmons selection, folk song & dance performance, bonfire night and much more. Hongyan village of Yao ethnic group is the main venue for the event. Thousands of people make their way there especially for the persimmon.
Among the verdant hills and clear waters, Hongyan village can be seen over hundreds of acres of persimmons. In harvest season, the golden color lightens the gates and porches of every family, creating a spectacular scene. With the picturesque landscape and charming Yao customs, the villagers started a ‘joyous farmhouse tour’, which offers tourists accommodation in private homes. Tourists can pick fruit in the garden, fish by the riverside or simply enjoy a cup of special Yao tea.
The idyllic countryside scenery of Hongyan Village, Guilin
Gongcheng county has been awarded the title of “Chinese persimmon town”. The Gongcheng persimmons, are not only sold throughout the country also exported to Southeast Asia, Europe and America. To promote the rural tourism, the annual Gongcheng Persimmon Festival has been countinously held since 2003.
The Mekong Tourism Forum (MTF) 2013 took place in Guilin, the primary tourist city of China’s Guangxi Province, on June 19th and 20th. This year’s forum attracted some 150 participants from the six Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) countries – Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Yunnan and Guangxi provinces of China. During the two-days event, they widely discussed around “Rapid development of China’s outbound travel – how the Greater Mekong Subregion countries to maximize the benefits”.
Mekong Tourism Forum 2013
The Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO) announced that a strategic communication strategy will be implemented to provide more visibility to the Mekong destination. “We recognize that communication is essential to increase the recognition of the region”, indicates Mason Florence, Executive director of the Greater Mekong Sub-region.
It was the first time that the TWG meeting had convened in Guilin. And now, Guilin is set to be an International Tourism Destination by 2020; favorable tourism policies will be implemented for Guilin’s development. Thus, the international character of Guilin also became one of the topics in this forum.
GMS Tourism Working Group meetings
The Mekong Tourism Forum is the platform for discussion on tourism between the private and public sectors of these six GMS member countries. The forum is usually linked to the region’s Tourism Working Group meetings that are held twice a year and mainly attended by government officials responsible for tourism policy.