BEIJING, Xinhua (May 29) -- Meishan, a city of southwest China's Sichuan Province will hold an international conference on the future of historical villages and towns in June 10 to 12.
The conference will be hosted by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and co-organized by Foreign Affairs Office of Sichuan Province, Sichuan Provincial Department of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, Sichuan Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism and the Municipal Government of Meishan.
About 180 participants from home and abroad including ministers of culture, mayors and officials with international organizations will attend the conference, focusing on rural revitalization, poverty alleviation and cultural heritage, and discussing on the topics of improving people's livelihood by creative economy and cultural tourism and promoting public participation by culture in the digital age.
During the conference, successful practices around the world will be shared to improve the relationship between small villages and urban agglomerations and achieve safe, inclusive and sustainable development.
Meanwhile, Meishan will also release a document named Meishan's Achievements and share its own experience of rural revitalization on the conference.
With a long history and rich cultural heritage, Meishan has continuously strengthened the protection of traditional villages and towns for years. At present, five villages in Meishan have been entolled on national traditional village list, and 14 villages are on Sichuan provincial list. (Edited by Tong Wei, [email protected])