“Red tourism” attracts Chinese to the 100th anniversary of the Communist Party

Jinggangshan, China (AP) —To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party, tourists flock to historic sites to pilgrimage to the party’s landmarks.

As the Red Army once roamed, a group of retirees in historic pastel blue uniforms perform songs that have become famous for countless movies, television shows, and other forms of publicity. The historic sites of Jiangxi and Guizhou—the early battle of revolutionary leader Mao Zedong, the escape of Chiang Kai-shek from nationalist forces on the Long March, and the location of his strengthening of leadership in Zunyi — I am experiencing an influx of tourists as a post. -The pandemic trip will return to China.

In Guizhou, tourism in the first quarter of 2021 has already recovered to 2019 levels, local official Lu Yongzheng said. One of China’s top tourist destinations, the state has accepted millions of tourists and generated billions of dollars in revenue.

On a recent government-sponsored tour, Red Army descendants talked about their ancestors at the Zunyi Memorial Museum, which houses relics and hologram reproductions from the time of an important conference in which Mao established control.

Kong Xia grew up listening to stories of hardships and hardships, and a difficult long march, a military retreat in which her grandfather Kong Xianquan participated. In an epic journey, Communists traveled through dangerous terrain, eventually establishing the capital of World War II in the arid northern province of Shaanshi, expanding from there, and finally. Won a nationalist rival in 1949.

Kong Xia describes his grandfather’s life to tell the story of the humble beginnings of the Communist Party, especially to the younger generation who are worried that she may have lost interest in history.

“They should understand (history), but they may not be interested,” Kong said. “I think this kind of suffering cherishes today’s happy and peaceful life and motivates us to work well.”

In 2016, the Zunyi Museum launched a traveling exhibition touring universities across China. We also trained more than 100 “young curators” in elementary and junior high schools to inform fellow students of the era of history in order to raise the interest of young visitors.

“They evoked a very good reaction, especially among visitors of the same age,” said Zhang Xiaoling, deputy curator of the museum.

A crowd of tourists also visit the Jinggangshan Mountains in Jiangxi Province. It is known as the “birthplace of the Chinese Revolution” when Mao fought the early battles and the Revolutionary Army was formed.

The rise of tourism has also been promoted by the campaign to educate its history and ideology to the 91 million people or more members of the Communist Party announced Xi Jinping President in February.

BiQiumei in the early 70’s says he was loyal to the campaign and came to the museum “in honor of the revolutionary martyr and Mao Zedong and to see how the Chinese revolution was successful.” She has been a party member since 1983.

“We are very excited,” she laughed and towed her old friends and classmates.

The villages around the historic site anticipate an influx of tourists celebrating their 100th anniversary.

Surrounded by mountains is Mayuan, a peaceful village of over 1,000 people. In the area where Mao Zedong was once trained in guerrilla warfare, flowers are adorned on the newly paved concrete roads lined with guesthouses.

With the government’s poverty alleviation program and the arrival of tourists, a villager, Xie Xiaomin, returned to Mayuan in 2017 to build his own guesthouse.

Currently, the guest house has more than 30 rooms with 80 floors. The price of each room is about 100 yuan ($ 15) per night.

According to Xie, the village itself can currently accommodate up to 1,000 guests.

“I’m confident this year,” said Xie, thanks to the 100th anniversary.

Xie’s grandfather, Yuan Wencai, helped establish a revolutionary base in the village and fought against Mao Zedong’s army.

A photo of his young grandfather, Mao Zedong, and his grandmother posing with revolutionary Shogun Zhu De decorates the entrance to the guesthouse.

Such personal stories will be part of the tourist’s Mayuan experience.

“As long as I need and they are willing to listen to me, I’ll talk,” Xie said.

To commemorate the anniversary, events such as exhibitions, movies, plays, concerts and awards for long-term employees are planned nationwide. Xi Jinping in the President’s speech, is also planned ceremony on July 1, the country celebrates the 100th anniversary.

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