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“Experience China—Jiangsu Cultural Week” held in Cambodia and Thailand
updated on:2019-03-01 17:00

 “Experience China—Jiangsu Cultural Week” wrapped up its Cambodia and Thailand journey as the dance drama Nan Guo Hong Dou (love seeds in southern lands) drew curtain in the warm applause of Thai audiences on February 28.

This event, echoing the idea of building a community with shared future and the Belt and Road Initiative, aimed to enhance friendship between China and foreign countries through cultural exchange. It was endorsed by the Information Office and Foreign Affairs Office of Jiangsu Provincial People’s Government and was organized by the Information Office and Foreign Affairs Office of Wuxi Municipal People’s Government, Jiangsu Phoenix Literature and Art Publishing House, Wuxi Dance Troupe, and Hodo Group under the instruction of the State Council Information Office of the People’s Republic of China.

Starting from February 18, cultural activities including dance drama performance, intangible cultural heritage exhibition, and Encounter Wuxi photo exhibition were organized in the name of Jiangsu Cultural Week in Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville, Siem Reap, and Bangkok, igniting cultural craze in Cambodia and Thailand.

The dance drama Nan Guo Hong Dou (love seeds in southern lands) was the highlight of cultural week. Originally composed by Wuxi Dance Troupe, the dance drama told stories in the Belt and Road construction based on what happened in the Sihanoukville Special Economy Zone. The intangible cultural heritage exhibition was also popular. Local visitors were impressed by Huishan clay figurines, bamboo carvings, paper-cut, and fine embroidery and were eager to have some hands-on experience.

Wang Wentian, Chinese Ambassador to Cambodia, spoke highly of Jiangsu Cultural Week as it set a good start for the 2019 China-Cambodia Cultural & Tourism Year and enhance the friendship between peoples. Cambodian Princess Norodom Buppha Devi welcomed the organization of this event, for it injected great vitality to cultural and people to people exchanges between China and Cambodia, two countries with time-honored civilization and splendid culture. Chang Yumeng, Cultural Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Thailand, stated that ties between Jiangsu and Thailand were strengthened in recent years thanks to economic cooperation and cultural exchanges. He referred to Jiangsu Cultural Week as a window through which more people from Thailand can learn about and understand China. 

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