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|GUIYANG Robert Horry Jersey , Aug. 4 (Xinhua) -- Heavy drums beat out among theclapping and shouting of the audience. Red, green and yellow flagsflutter in the wind. In the center, dozens of brave, black-beardedfighters in wooden masks and long-sleeved costumes try to kill eachother with long swords.
It's a depiction of the bloodthirsty fight between two leadersof a rebel army after the collapse of the Qin Empire (221 BC - 207BC), Xiang Yu and Liu Bang.
But when the performers take off their masks, the crowd aresurprised to find that all are women.
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Dixi is local opera of in Anshun. The work has been passed downfor hundreds of years.
Guizhou is at the frontline of China's poverty-relief campaignwith more than 3.7 million people living under the poverty line.Many men in Guizhou have left the rural areas to seek work in thecities, leaving behind the elderly, women and children at home.
"Only a few men are still in the village, and few of them arewilling to take part in Dixi," said 71-year-old villager PanRongde. Pan has been performing Dixi for about 40 years. "We simplycannot find young men to pass on the skills."
Scared that the art might die out Nene Jersey , Pan recently formed theall-women Dixi troupe, which consists of about 30 members, all ofthem housewives in the village.
Liu Qin, 34, is a mother of two. She recently joined Pan'stroupe. Liu started learning the art with several women in thevillage and has spent a lot of time learning the performingskills.
"We once practiced for about three months, day and night," Liurecalled. "To prepare a show for Spring Festival Luc Mbah a Moute Jersey , we just stoodnext to a stove and danced till the middle of the night."
Liu said that she joined the troupe to "help carry on the Dixiculture," but she gradually fell in love with the art after all thepractice.
For Zhan Yunxian, 38, learning to play her part in Dixi became anew way of relaxation.
"We used to watch men performing Dixi and I had never seen awoman do it," Zhan said. "So when Pan asked me to join the troupe,I felt awkward."
Zhan said that after she saw other women joining the troupe, sherelaxed and carried on.
Now James Harden Jersey , performing Dixi and dancing in public squares have replacedwatching TV and playing Mahjongg in Zhan's leisure time.
Dixi has boosted the women's confidence. To get performingopportunities and deliver great performances, many of theperformers practice as much as possible.
"Even when I work in the field, I try to recite the lines,because I know I want to be a better performer," Zhan said.Enditem
NAIROBI, March 29 (Xinhua) -- Kenyan and Chinese tourism promotion bodies have conducted training for the East African nation's tourism stakeholders as part of new initiatives to bring more Chinese tourists to the country.
The day-long training was jointly conducted by China Outbound Tourism Research Institute (COTRI) in partnership with the Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) on Chinese culture so that they are prepared to welcome and cater to Chinese tourists in accordance with the Chinese customs, values Hakeem Olajuwon Jersey , and demands.
KTB Acting CEO Jacinta Nzioka-Mbithi said Tuesday the training was aimed at educating the stakeholders and the general travel trade sector on the latest updates and developments as well as the dynamics of the Chinese market in response to the rapid expansion and growth of China's outbound tourism.
""We want to bring in more Chinese to visit Kenya and beginning with today's forum, we will continue to hold a series of studies and awareness to know more about the traveling Chinese, their interests, likes and travel dynamics, so that we are able to improve Kenya's penetration into the China market by bridging the existing knowledge gaps,"" she said in a statement.
Kenya's tourism sector is currently in crisis due to security challenges that have led to issuance of travel advisories by U.S, Australia Eric Gordon Jersey , France and Britain, Kenya's traditional sources of tourists. However, the travel warnings have since been lifted in some regions.
Since 2004, when China granted Kenya Approved Destination Status for outbound tourist groups, China has become the major tourist source for Kenya in Asia, with more than 40,000 Chinese visiting Kenya in 2012 Clyde Drexler Jersey , an increase of 10.4 per cent compared to 2011.
According to the KTB, Chinese visitors are expected to exceed 100,000 by 2016.
Nzioka-Mbithi said Kenya was committed towards understanding and meeting the needs of Chinese tourists and therefore the training was timely to facilitate the adaptation of tourism related products and services in Kenya to suit their needs.
COTRI speakers discussed the new trends and changes in China's outbound tourism, market demands and future developments.
The training brought together a total of 46 tourism stakeholders drawn from hotels, airlines, tour operators, airport's taxi Clint Capela Jersey , shopping malls and Kenya government agencies including department of immigration, Ministry of Tourism, and National Museums of Kenya and other relevant government institutions.
COTRI is the world's leading independent research institute for training, quality assessment, research and consulting on the Chinese outbound tourism market.
ATHENS, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) -- Greek private sector deposits increased by two billion euros (2.4 billion U.S. dollars) this summer after the conclusion of the second review of Greece's third bailout in mid-June, Greek media reported on Sunday.
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