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Tuesday, September 24 2019 - 19:46
AsiaNet
The 2019 Chinese Farmers’ Harvest Festival and the First China Meizhou International Elite Summit of Tea Industry Held in Meizhou, Guangdong
MEIZHOU, China, Sept. 24, 2019 /Xinhua-AsiaNet/--

On September 23, China celebrates not just the autumnal equinox, the 16th of 
China's 24 solar terms, but also its state-level "Chinese Farmers' Harvest 
Festival". At this festive moment, Meizhou, a prefecture-level city of southern 
China's Guangdong Province, shows the country the great harvest in fall and 
promotes its signature tea products worldwide. The 2019 Chinese Farmers' 
Harvest Festival and the First China Meizhou International Elite Summit of Tea 
Industry are held in the capital of Hakkas in the world from September 22 
through 24. As one of China's 70 most featured harvest celebrations in rural 
areas in 2019, the event serves as an important parallel session of Guangdong 
to celebrate the fest for farmers.

The event is designed to celebrate the harvest, promote local culture and 
revitalize countryside. Themed "Capital of Hakkas in the World Celebrates the 
Harvest and Outstanding Jiaying Tea Enjoys Nationwide Reputation", according to 
the Publicity Department of the CPC Meizhou Municipal Committee, the event 
promoted a host of agricultural products ranging from Meizhou pomelo and rice 
to Jiaying tea in the forms of dancing, singing, presentation of intangible 
heritage, labor techniques in the fields and sitcom. This is how Meizhou 
presents its farmers and encourages more people to gain an understanding of the 
city. 

The increasingly popular and impressive tea from mountainous Meizhou is 
underpinned by a sound environment as the northern city of Guangdong stays 
committed to pursuing ecological development. On September 22, tea industry 
leaders from 21 countries and regions convened at the Elite Summit, which was 
held in Hanshan Mountain of Fengshun County, intending to discuss the future 
development of the tea industry and promote Jiaying tea in China and beyond. On 
top of the harvest scenes of Hakka farmers, the time-honored tea culture and 
exceptional tea resources have greatly impressed the attendees.

"It (Hanshan Mountain) is a beautiful place with magnificent scenery. I'm 
convinced that a scenic place like this will attract more and more tourists. A 
tour of the tea plantation in Hanshan has given me an amazing experience," said 
Ian Gibbs, Chairman of the International Tea Committee.

It was hoped that Meizhou would take the event as an opportunity and make its 
best effort to implement the rural revitalization strategy and uphold the new 
development philosophy, said Zheng Weiyi, deputy secretary-general of the 
People's Government of Guangdong Province. With that, he continued, the city 
should integrate the tea industry with the implementation of the Belt and Road 
Initiative, expand the influence of the Summit and ensure that more outcomes 
are achieved from hosting the gathering. In doing so, Meizhou would bring its 
tea industry, culture and economy to a new high.

Source: The Publicity Department of the CPC Meizhou Municipal Committee

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   Caption: Meizhou is celebrating the Chinese Farmers' Harvest Festival.