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Michoacán takes its Day of the Dead to Shanghai to attract Chinese tourism

The traditional Mexican Day of the Dead festival arrived today in the city of Shanghai in the hands of a delegation from the Government of Michoacán that is in China promoting the region and seeking to increase tourism from this country.

Shanghai (China), Nov 15 (EFE) .- The traditional Mexican Day of the Dead festival arrived today in the city of Shanghai in the hands of a delegation from the Government of Michoacán that It is in China promoting the region and seeking to increase tourism from this country.

"The Chinese market is a very big market, it is growing and in a few years it will be one of the main emitters of tourists to all regions of the world, "Claudia Chavez, secretary of Culture of Michoacán told Efe.

A hotel on the outskirts of this eastern city of China was the chosen place to celebrate an event in which companies participated in the tourism sector and in which the popular altars of dead were recreated, which every November 1 and 2 honor to the deceased in Mexico.

"We wanted to bring a bit of the celebration of the night of the dead in Michoacán, one of the most important celebrations of our state" and that is "a day in He who does not mourn but celebrates death and life, a night in which the arrival of the souls of the deceased is expected and the cemeteries are adorned to wait for them, "said the oficia.

In Michoacán, in the municipality of Patzcuaro, is the island of Janitzio, one of the places in Mexico where this festival, declared by UNESCO Cultural Heritage Immaterial, it is more rooted.

Each year thousands of visitors flock to the island, whose images were screened today at the celebration of Shanghai, where there was also a display of handicrafts, local gastronomy and music.

The Chinese still occupy the eighth place among foreign tourists in Michoacán so the goal of the Government and this trip is to increase the number of visitors from this country, Chávez said.

The official is part of the delegation of the State Government headed by Governor Silvano Aureoles who is He is in China for a tour to promote investment and trade in his region.

Over the past few days, Aureoles has had a series of meetings in Beijing and Shanghai with official institutions and companies of the Asian giant to which it has endorsed the economic potential of its region.

Among other activities, this Tuesday was visited the Suzhou Industrial Park special economic zone with the objective of taking an example for the future special area that will be built in the Michoacán municipality of Lázaro Cárdenas. EFE

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