Ma Fugui (L) and his grandmother ted corn kernels in Fugong county of Nujiang Lisu autonomous prefecture, southwest China's Yunan Province, Nov. 25, 2016. Great efforts have been made to help five underdeveloped towns in this county lifted out of poverty in three years. (Xinhua/Yin Gang)
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Our third day began with a tour to visit the rural village of Zhu Jialin(朱家林生态艺术社区). It was once one of the poorest villages due to the youth migrating into cities with the elderly being left behind, thus the area has been faced with an economic decline. However, it is slowly experiencing economic growth.
The village has been under construction for two years as the old houses are being remodeled and new additions are being built for the purpose of improving the life of the locals and to attract tourists to help revitalize the economy. At this village, one can admire and purchase local crafts hand made by the villagers such as clothing, pottery, kitchenware, shoes and hats using traditional methods.
Following was a visit to Movie Base(沂蒙红色影视基地). An old village that has been in existence for over 1,000 years,many films and TV dramas have been filmed in this location. As visitors walk the cobblestone streets in the village and view the buildings and castle, one is instantly taken back in time.
Next we visited the Buddhist temple known as the Temple of the Goddess of Mercy(马泉创意农业休闲园-大观音寺). Nestled into the mountain side, the temple's deep yellow hue is welcoming to all who see it. Grand statues of Buddha and other dieties are on display for worship and reverance and a magnificent representation of the Goddess of Mercy, with her one thousand hands and eyes, is waiting for prayers from the faithful.
The smell of incense and the sound devoutly prayers and chants heighten this spiritual experience. When one enters the temple, men step over the scaffold with their left leg first followed by their right while women start with their right leg followed by their left leg. It is important to note that no pictures are to be taken inside the temple as a sign of respect.
After the temple visit we found ourselves in the remote village of Zhuquan(竹泉村). The quaint and peaceful village is nestled within a forest of bamboo trees and is surrounded by water. Within the village is a large fountain containing statues of the Chinese zodiac. If one rubs the head of their Chinese zodiac animal with water it will bring good luck and prosperity for a year.
Our trip concluded with a relaxing evening at the luxurious Hot Springs(智圣汤泉). Guests will leave feeling pampered as there are numerous types of hot springs and saunas to choose from all containing a variety of health benefits and personal massages are available upon request. A new hot spring featuring traditional Chinese medicine will open early next year. There is also entertainment areas provided for children such as a water theme park and swimming pools. Guests can spend the night in a luxurious villa which houses a personal hot tub and massage bed and enjoy delicious Chinese cuisine prepared to perfection by master chefs. A night spent at this resort will leave you feeling renewed and refreshed in mind and body.
----Lindsy Marie Cantoni
Borislava Peric-Rankovic of Serbia celebrates after winning the Women's Singles Class 4 Gold Medal Match of Table Tennis against Zhang Miao of China at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sept. 12, 2016. Borislava Peric-Rankovic won the Gold. (Xinhua/Purbu Zhaxi)
Choreographer Artemis Ignatiou (R front) leads the young girl Ismini Liaropoulou and Priestesses to enter the Ancient Stadium during the flame lighting ceremony in Ancient Olympia, Greece, July 23, 2010.
ATHENS, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- As the Olympic flame reaches the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro for the opening ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympics, Artemis Ignatiou, the Greek choreographer of the lighting and handover ceremonies of the Olympic flame over the past decade, spoke of the values the torch carries across the world,.
Ignatiou will be in Rio on Aug. 5, along with Katerina Lehou who lit the Olympic flame playing the role of an ancient High Priestess in Athens, the birthplace of the Games, in April, at the invitation of the International Olympic Committee.
Ignatiou received numerous compliments for this year's ceremonies at Olympia and the Panathinaic stadium in Athens, but the 2008 ceremonies will always hold a special place in her heart.
"Maybe it was indeed better than previous ceremonies but for me each ceremony is unique, starting from the special for me ceremony of lighting the flame which burned for the Beijing Olympic Games. I will never forget that ceremony because it was the first time I assumed this role and I later came to know that my teacher was proud of me," she told Xinhua.
Ignatiou approaches each ceremony in a different manner to create a link to the host city and country, she said. In 2008, she opted to create several patterns with the dancers and a choreography which was flowing like water. For the 2012 London Games, she tried to encompass the British culture's journey to progress. For the Brazil ceremonies, she attempted to portray a vibrant spirit.
The choreographer bears a large share of responsibility for the entire event -- from the costumes and the makeup of the dancers and actresses who play the roles of the ancient Greek priestesses to hairstyles, sandals and what they will eat or when they will go to bed.
After six months of rehearsals, she knows the tightly interlinked team of dancers can cover up any mistake. This includes working on the fly to adapt dances steps to new music hours before an event.
Ignatiou started her career in 1988, fresh out of the Greek National Dance School, by joining the group of priestesses in the lighting ceremony for the Seoul Games.
"I started with so many strong emotions. The first moments at Olympia were unique. And until today I feel the same. What has changed today is that I bear a larger share of responsibility," she said.
Greek actress Katerina Lehou who lit the Olympic Flame playing the role of an ancient High Priestess at the birthplace of the Games in April, talks to Xinhua in Athens, on July 12, 2016. (Xinhua/Marios Lolos)
Over time, she founded the Art dance theater group which performs across the globe.
In 2008, her team participated in the opening ceremony of Beijing's Festival a few days before the Olympics, presenting the "Muses" show. It was the first time she created a choreography inspired by the Greek ancient mythology.
Ignatiou has had the honor to also hold the part of the High Priestess once in 1995 for the Bath Youth Olympics before starting to have a say in the selection of the next High Priestesses. Asked to choose between the two roles, she does not hesitate to select the choreographer, although it is more demanding.
"In order to assume the role of the High Priestess one should be a professional actress with big experience in large theaters. Even better at open air theaters, because she has to command her voice in an open space, which is very difficult without the use of microphone," she explained.
Speaking on the legacy of her teacher in dance and life Maria Hors, she gets emotional. She recalls their discussions in Athens at Hors' home with a view to the Acropolis. She can never forget the discussion at Olympia when she would prompt her to take a look outside and notice that no tree is the same. "This is the way you should be treating your dancers," Hors told her.
"Each person has something unique to give, each female or male dancer, each actress has something unique to give and it would be a pity and so unfair to not allow them to express it," Ignatiou said.
"Even in my family life I now see my two children in a different way. They are not two kids who have the same mother and father, but two human beings with unique souls, hearts and paths in life."
66-year-old football legend Johan Cruijff plays in a special match to celebrate 75 years birthday of former Dutch national player Sjaak Swart in Amsterdam, on July. 3, 2013. (Xinhua file photo)
THE HAGUE, March 25 (Xinhua) -- The country was in shock, still mourning about the death of a great sportsman the whole nation could identify with, Johan Cruijff -- he received a tribute on Friday.
Soccer legend Cruijff died at the age of 68 on Thursday in Barcelona, after he was diagnosed with lung cancer in October last year. Despite his illness his death came suddenly, leaving a country, a continent, the world, behind in sorrow.
From Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Prime Minister Mark Rutte to fellow soccer greats Diego Maradona, Pele and Lionel Messi, all showed their respect to the late great. National TV and radio changed their schedule for extra broadcastings on Cruijff.
At the Johan Cruijff statue at the Olympic stadium in Amsterdam Ajax fans gathered to remember, at his former home in the Amsterdam neighborhood Betondorp, where he grew up, people spontaneously laid flowers. And at the Amsterdam museum and at the Ajax stadium people could sign a condolence register.
The tribute continued on Friday with all Dutch newspapers dedicating their pages to the greatest Dutch soccer player ever. "Dutch Master", headed Algemeen Dagblad. "Icon of a generation" was the header of Trouw, while De Telegraaf and de Volkskrant had no words and only published a full page picture on the cover with his name: "Johan Cruijff, 1947-2016". Former team mate Jan Mulder called him "The Unforgettable" in a tribute article in de Volkskrant.
Cruijff, or Cruyff to the rest of the world, made his debut as a skinny, little boy at the age of 17, but his talent was eminent. This brilliant elegant boy, "Jopie", could play like no one else. He could pass, score, dribble and lead by example.
This Amsterdam-born kid soon became a national icon and developed into the best player of the world, a tactical and technical genius, winning the Ballon d'Or three times, leading Ajax to nine championships, three European trophies and the Intercontinental Cup, reaching the 1974 World Cup final with the Netherlands and winning the Spanish title with FC Barcelona.
More important than his prizes was his influence. Before Cruijff entered the spotlight the Netherlands were not a big football country at all, with only two participations at major tournaments, the 1934 and 1938 World Cups. Orchestrated by Cruijff and coach Rinus Michels the Netherlands gained international fame in 1974, with a stunning style of football, nicknamed Total Football, with players constantly moving, taking over each other's position.
For a small country that hundreds of years ago was the richest and one of the most influential countries and had come out of World War II in a miserable shape, this was a fact of life. Cruijff changed the national identity, taught people that they could be the best of the world. He gave the Dutch a new identity with what the nation could reach by showing initiative, showing self-confidence, by choosing the attack, by playing as a team.
The same applies to Ajax and FC Barcelona. Cruijff gave these clubs an identity, an image of positive football, innovating football, recognized all over the world.
As a coach Cruijff continued his legacy, his vision at Ajax and later at FC Barcelona. With these clubs he once again collected many trophies. With Ajax he claimed the European Cup Winners Cup in 1987 and he led Barcelona to a period of great successes with among others four league titles and their first European Champions Cup in 1992 with the so-called "Dream Team".
Until now the playing style of Ajax, the Netherlands, FC Barcelona, even , is influenced by him. His vision, his name will live forever. And not only this, with the Johan Cruyff University and the Johan Cruyff foundation and more, his legacy will continue on different levels.
The Dutch Cruijff tribute ended on Friday night with the friendly match between the Netherlands and in the Amsterdam Arena, which according to many people should be renamed Johan Cruijff stadium from now on. Outside the stadium some people wore a shirt with Cruijff's regular number, 14, and on big screens people got to see old images of Cruijff.
A 52-year-old man, John Derks, watched the images with his wife Sylvia. "He was a legend, a phenomenon," he told Xinhua. "It really hurts. I have seen him play many times and admire him. It's terrible, sorry, I get emotional."
A fewer meters away, a 54-year-old man, Michael Otten made a picture. He would visit the match with his son Wouter. "I am shocked," the man said to Xinhua. "My youth idol had died."
The Netherlands played the match without number 14, to honor Cruijff, and a minute of honor was scheduled in the 14th minute. The game started with a minute of silence for the victims of the Brussels attacks and after that France showed they did not want to give presents on Cruijff's day.
Antoine Griezmann opened the scoring with a free-kick and Olivier Giroud produced the second goal in the 13th minute. This made that the minute of applause started when the Dutch were ready to kick-off after having conceded a second goal. Not the moment all had hoped for and Cruijff had deserved.
The Dutch bounced back in the second half through goals by Luuk de Jong and Ibrahim Afellay, but the match ended with the last word for the only number 14 on the pitch. Blaise Matuidi made it 3-2 for France. Not the magic Cruijff night that everybody had hoped for. From above Cruijff could not influence. But does it matter? The unforgettable will never be forgotten. Enditem
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That's what you are
Tho' near or far
Like a song of love that clings to me
How the thought of you does things to me
In every way
And forever more
That's how you'll stay
That's why, darling, it's incredible
That someone so unforgettable
Thinks that I am
In every way, oh, oh, oh
That's how you'll stay, oh, oh, oh, yeah