China joins Thanks­giv­ing pa­rade fun in NY

China Daily (Canada) - - ACROSSAMERICA -

For the first time in Macy’s 88-year Thanks­giv­ing pa­rade his­tory in New York, there was a Chi­nese float, the Beauty of Beijing. The float fea­tured tourism sites in Beijing, a band play­ing both Chi­nese and Amer­i­can songs, flag dancers and lion-danc­ing. Peo­ple waved to the lion-danc­ing per­form­ers and raised their cell­phones for pic­tures as chil­dren cheered. Of­fi­cials ex­pected that the float, along with other pro­mo­tional ef­forts dur­ing the Thanks­giv­ing hol­i­day week, could at­tract more in­ter­na­tional tourists to China.

The United States is the fourth-largest source of for­eign trav­el­ers to China and the largest to Beijing. “It’s the first time that we have used such an in­ter­na­tional fes­ti­val to pro­mote Beijing’s tourism,” said Zhang Jing, di­rec­tor of city im­age and mar­ket­ing at the Beijing Mu­nic­i­pal Com­mis­sion of Tourism De­vel­op­ment. “It’s an in­no­va­tion.” The float “de­liv­ers the mes­sage that Beijing is for­ever an ideal des­ti­na­tion for tourism, and helps with the tourism in­dus­try of over­all China,” said Xue Yap­ing, di­rec­tor of the China Na­tional Tourist Of­fice in New York.

PHO­TOS BY LU HUI­QUAN / FOR CHINA DAILY

From left: Li Li, ex­ec­u­tive vice-pres­i­dent of the Sino-Amer­i­can Friend­ship As­so­ci­a­tion; Fang Ze­hua, com­mis­sioner of the Beijing Mu­nic­i­pal Com­mis­sion of Tourism De­vel­op­ment; Zhang Meifang, deputy con­sul gen­eral of the Chi­nese Con­sulate Gen­eral in New York; Xue Yap­ing, di­rec­tor of China Na­tional Tourist Of­fice in New York; Zhang Jin­ping, SAFA pres­i­dent; Pan Xiaopeng, deputy di­rec­tor of CNTO New York; Zhang Jing, di­rec­tor of the city im­age and mar­ket­ing of the Beijing com­mis­sion, stand in front of lion-danc­ing per­form­ers at the start­ing area of Macy’s Thanks­giv­ing Pa­rade on Thurs­day in New York.

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