UK discovers a passion for west China experience

Zhang Jialin China Plus Published: 2017-07-21 17:20:57
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The amazing beauty, culture and historic significance of Western China are being showcased at a week-long event at the Mermaid Theatre in the city of London.

The show in the British capital's historic financial district, will also travel to Manchester, Edinburgh and Dublin in the Irish Republic, and is part of the China Experience series organized by the information office of the State Council, China's highest administrative body.

It's the first time such an event has been held in the UK, and includes an exhibition, folk dancing displays and two films focusing on Tibet.

The opening ceremony of the "Experience China--Cultural Exploration of West China in the UK" was held at Mermaid Theatre in the City of London, on July 20, 2017. [Photo: China Plus/Ao Dan'na]

The opening ceremony of the "Experience China--Cultural Exploration of West China in the UK" was held at Mermaid Theatre in the City of London, on July 20, 2017. [Photo: China Plus/Ao Dan'na]

Speaking at the opening ceremony, the Deputy Head of the Publicity Department of the Communist Party, Lu Wei said that "both China and the UK are important representatives of Oriental and Occidental civilizations. Cultural exchanges between the two countries have been going on for hundreds of years and played an irreplaceable role in promoting mutual understanding between the two peoples."

Lu added that he hoped more people in the UK will become familiar with China's multi-ethnic culture.

Also attending the ceremony, China's ambassador to the UK Liu Xiaoming, said that the culture of West China, one of the greatest potential areas of growth, is an important part of Chinese civilization. He also hoped that the activity would add luster to Sino-British relations, which he said were now in a "Golden Age."

Deputy Head of Publicity Department of the Communist Party of China Lu Wei (right), and Chinese ambassador to the UK Liu Xiaoming attending the opening ceremony of "Experience China--Cultural Exploration of West China in the UK", in London, on July 20, 2017. [Photo: China Plus/Ao Dan'na]

Deputy Head of Publicity Department of the Communist Party of China Lu Wei (right), and Chinese ambassador to the UK Liu Xiaoming attending the opening ceremony of "Experience China--Cultural Exploration of West China in the UK", in London, on July 20, 2017. [Photo: China Plus/Ao Dan'na]

After the ceremony, the 600 or so guests visited a "Colorful West China" photo exhibition, highlighting the cultural heritage of Western China.

They also enjoyed a singing and dancing performance by young artists from the Yunnan Province Song and Dance Theatre, into which performers have incorporated the daily life of China's ethnic minorities, such as Zang, Miao and Yi.

The "Experience China--Cultural Exploration of West China in the UK" exhibition opened in London on the 20th July.

Guests visit the photo exhibition of "Experience China--Cultural Exploration of West China in the UK", in London, on July 20, 2017. [Photo: China Plus/Ao Dan'na]

Guests visit the photo exhibition of "Experience China--Cultural Exploration of West China in the UK", in London, on July 20, 2017. [Photo: China Plus/Ao Dan'na]


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