Xinjiang's appeal reaches wider audience

By Li Yingxue | CHINA DAILY | Updated: 2023-07-03 08:23
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A stand showcases specialty products from the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, at the award ceremony of the 2023 Xinjiang Tour Guide (Docent) Competition. CHINA DAILY

Professionals deploy passion, skills and technology to tell story of starkly beautiful, fascinating region, Li Yingxue reports.

A new generation of tour guides, media professionals and academics are applying their enthusiasm and new technologies to publicizing the culture and beauty of the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.

They are taking advantage of the many opportunities to reach a wider audience, according to experts in the field.

One such opportunity was the June 18 reopening of the Duku Highway, renowned as one of China's most picturesque routes. It is also known as the Dushanzi-Kuqa Highway.

The highway's construction, which began in 1974, presented engineering challenges that were unprecedented in the history of the nation's road-building. Complex terrain, along with landslides, mudslides and avalanches, made construction extremely difficult.

The road builders and local people along the route in Xinjiang composed hymns celebrating the harmonious relationship between military forces and civilians during the construction, officials say. The highway fully opened to traffic in 1983.Recently, after six months of closure for maintenance, it is again welcoming travelers to immerse themselves in the area's natural beauty.

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