These photos are of my friend Keith’s kennel on the Guizhou Plateau, near Guiyang. Keith has about 12 Tibetan Mastiffs and he checks them every week. The dogs have a “summer cut” for comfort. Their hair will grow out again this winter. The child in the pictures is a little girl that is growing up with the dogs. While I was there the child swatted one of the dogs in the face, without even looking, because the dog got too close. The Tibetan Mastiff can be one of the most powerful and dangerous dogs ever bred. They are both loyal and protective. [CLICK IMAGE FOR ENLARGEMENT]
The USA exhibits at the China-Guizhou International Alcoholic Beverages Exposition were hard to find, but the wine tasted good.
Alco-Tourism. These are some of my favorite shots from the wine festival. They capture the flavor of the event.
I visited the Wine Festival from the 9th to the 12th. Most of the action takes place on September 10 and 11, with a lot of public there and wineries in full competition. The 9th saw the festival open only to exhibitors, with opening to public toward the end of the day. Many countries were represented. The Guizhou government subsidized travel expenses, paid for shipping of wine, and provided free kiosks to the exhibitors. In a “Where’s Waldo” moment, I had trouble finding the USA exhibitions. They were kind of tucked away, and not well presented. Not many USA wineries were represented, by comparison to France, Italy, Eastern Europe, and South America. Another Where’s Waldo moment was when my Argentine friend looked for his home country. Although Argentina wine is all over Guiyang, Argentina wasn’t represented at the Expo. Maybe that was a mistake . . .
A World Alcoholic Drinks the Alliance (WADA) was formed to share resources and promote group competitiveness. Wine industry associations have organized and formed this association, with the first meeting held at The China-Guizhou International Alcoholic Beverages Expo. The first session of this new organization was held on the morning of September 9. Alcoholic drinks associations were represented from five continents.
If you don’t know how to go to the conference center, just flag a taxi and tell the driver that you want to go to the Jinyang International Conference Center. You probably will have to say it in Chinese:
The The China-Guizhou International Alcoholic Beverages Expo will be ready for the opening ceremony Tuesday morning. Preparations are underway. Alco-Tourism is not a joke. Guizhou is taking every chance to promote tourism, along with the international wine industry . . .
The caption says: “Intoxicated with the Beauty of Guizhou”. On September 7 the preparations are well underway and approximately 1400 vendors are setting up:
The China-Guizhou International Alcoholic Beverages Expo opens September 9 and brings winery people, wine lovers and tourists together in Guiyang, the Capital of Guizhou Province. China is a big producer and consumer of alcohol and Guizhou is the home of Moutai, the national liquor of China. Guizhou is also one of the most beautiful provinces of China, with abundant water, mountains, forests, and minority peoples, with their traditional customs, costumes, and rituals. It is a world class tourist destination, that remains remarkably unspoiled. This conference brings people from wineries all over the world, including: South America, Europe, the USA, Mexico, Australia, and, of course, Asia. According to China Daily, as of August 31, 2014, (http://guizhou.chinadaily.com.cn/2014-09/01/content_18526032.htm ) more than 1,400 exhibitors from China and abroad have confirmed their attendance at the fourth China-Guizhou International Alcoholic Beverages Expo. This year’s Expo has attracted over 900 overseas exhibitors accounting for 64 percent of the total number of exhibitors, according to the organizing committee office. There are also 500 domestic exhibitors like Moutai, Wuninagye Liquor, Luzhou Laojiao, Yanjing Beer and Qingdao Beer. Meanwhile, 10 provinces, including Sichuan, Inner Mongolia, Zhejiang, Gansu, Anhui, Heilongjiang, Shanxi, Qinghai, Jiangxi and Ningxia, have established pavilions to show their image to the public.
The Guizhou International Wine Festival is starting on Tuesday the Ninth. It will be an easy festival to remember in the future. Nine means “Jiu” in Chinese. The ninth month is “Jiu Yue” (yue = month) and the ninth day of the month is “Jiu Hao”. On that day, we begin celebrating alcohol “Jiu” (alcohol = “jiu” also). So it is very clever . . . We celebrate jiu on the jiu day of the jiu month.
My friend Dennis is in the tour business, and can help you if you still want to come to the festival. The town is filling up because alcohol is big business in Guizhou. This has been a very successful event in past years.
Lisa is the CEO of a company called: 贵州晟雅轩葡萄酒文化传播有限公司
This loosely translates to: “Guizhou Province Wine Culture Communication Company”
Lisa has spent a lot of time organizing this event and throughout the year she has been conducting wine tasting events, building the local market for grape wine. Since Guizhou is the home of Moutai, the most popular liquor in China, the term “wine” or “jiu” in Chinese usually refers to the liquor. Wine from green and red grapes must carry the prefix “grape” wine.
Lisa can be reached at local phone numbers: 13984899400 and 0851-6502533 Lisa’s email is a QQ number: firstname.lastname@example.org