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Contributor: Xinhua News Agency
Tuesday, April 20 2021 - 19:10
The 16th World Leisure Congress: Make the Leisure Industry Go Further
BEIJING, Apr. 20, 2021 /Xinhua-AsiaNet/--

From April 16 to 18, 2021, Beijing time, the 16th World Leisure Congress with 
the theme of "Leisure Makes Life Better" was concluded at the Jinhai Lake 
International Convention and Exhibition Center in Pinggu District, Beijing. 
Through the combination of online and offline means, Chinese and foreign 
concepts on leisure were exchanged and various forms of leisure business were 
displayed to push the leisure industry to go further.

According to the Executive Committee Office of the 2020 Beijing Pinggu World 
Leisure Congress, the congress consisted of the opening ceremony, one main 
forum, 14 parallel sub-forums, China (Beijing) International Leisure Industry 
Exposition, award ceremony, nine featured leisure activities and the closing 
ceremony, which attracted over 110,000 visitors to Pinggu. More than 80,000 
people participated in the congress through the "online + offline" modes.

Spreading the concepts of leisure, the congress has yielded fruitful results.

In that main forum of the congress, UNWTO Executive Director Zhu Shanzhong, 
Chief Operating Officer Cristina Ortega of the World Leisure Organization, 
Director Ou Xiaoli of the Social Affairs Department, the National Development 
and Reform Commission, and Former Director Shan Jixiang of the Palace Museum 
among other experts and scholars gave speeches on the theme of "Leisure Makes 
Life Better" and proposed in-depth explanations for the current development 
trend of the leisure industry and leisure lifestyle. The 14 parallel sub-forums 
focused on how leisure is closely related to people's life. A total of 162 
experts and scholars attended the congress online and offline to share academic 
views and release academic results. The congress received 342 papers from 
Chinese and foreign experts and 332 abstracts in Chinese and foreign languages. 
All the papers for and videos about the congress are available online for 
disseminating and promoting the concepts of leisure. 

With featured activities receiving wide attention, Pinggu is radiant with the 
charm of leisure.

Featured leisure activities such as China International Mind Games Challenge, 
Beijing International Peach Culture Forum and Peach Garden Calligraphy were 
held during the congress to attract the participation of the general public. In 
particular, the activities such as the Peach Blossom Grand Stage Folk Culture 
Exhibition and Peach Garden Calligraphy blend traditional Chinese culture and 
some Western cultures with unique features, showing that Beijing has a profound 
cultural foundation and Pinggu boasts unique leisure charm.

Chen Dong, director-general of Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture and Tourism, 
said in his speech at the closing ceremony that the congress had expanded its 
"circle of friends" in Beijing and even China at large, and the communication 
transcending the barriers of time and space shows the vitality of China's 
leisure industry and the ambience of Beijing as a friendly and livable city. We 
look forward to welcoming even more international friends to visit Beijing and 
to enjoy the charm of leisure in Pinggu.

Source: The Executive Committee Office of the 2020 Beijing Pinggu World Leisure 

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   Caption: A Scene of the Opening Ceremony of Beijing Pinggu World Leisure 


   Caption: The Peach Blossom Grand Stage Folk Culture Exhibition is held 
during the congress.