June 12 marked the beginning of the 18th China International Crayfish Festival in Xuyi County of Huai'an, Jiangsu Province.
After the opening, Xuyi held a signing ceremony for 37 industrial projects with a total investment of 11.123 billion yuan (1.7 billion US dollars). The projects at high level of quality are able to stimulate the county's industry growth.
This year, crayfish festivals will also be held in cities including Nanjing, Huai'an, Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Suzhou and Harbin. To support the Belt and Road initiative, the festival will also go abroad to destinations including Malaysia and Indonesia.