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Guizhou long-table banquet serves 20,000 people

( chinadaily.com.cn )

Updated: 2017-11-07


A long table banquet was served in Wanda town, Danzhai county in Southwest China's Guizhou province, on Oct 28.

Tables put together side-by-side stretched 2,140 meters along the path between the houses and other buildings in Wanda town, attracting more than 48,000 visitors.

They were covered with local dishes that served 21,433 guests simultaneously, breaking the Guinness World Record of 10,380 guests set in 2016.

The long table banquet tradition in Danzhai can be traced back more than 1,000 years. It has always been a demonstration of the hospitality of people of the Miao ethnic group. Danzhai, used to be an impoverished county, but it has become a tourist resort thanks to the joint efforts of the local government and China Wanda Group, a huge company with wide interests.

Wanda signed an agreement with the local Danzhai government in December 2014 to help the county escape poverty. The total investment was 1.5 billion yuan ($225.9 million). It was used to build a polytechnic college and a tourism town and to establish a special fund for poverty alleviation.

Put into service in July this year, Wanda Town, the tourism town invested by Wanda Group, is expected to bring one million tourists to Danzhai and generate annual revenue of 500 million yuan.

According to an investigation by the China Tourism Academy, the town and its related service industries will create 6,000 jobs.

Guizhou long-table banquet serves 20,000 people

Local people enjoy the long table banquet in Wanda town, Danzhai county in Guizhou on Oct 28. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

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