Ex­hi­bi­tion puts China in spot­light

China Daily (Canada) - - TOP NEWS - By AN BAIJIE in Queen­stown, New Zealand an­bai­jie@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Beau­ti­ful China, a newly opened photo and book ex­hi­bi­tion in the tourism re­sort town of Queen­stown, is help­ing boost China-New Zealand cul­tural ex­changes.

More than 400 books, pub­lished in China but mostly in English, will help New Zealand’s peo­ple and vis­i­tors get a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of China in many ar­eas, in­clud­ing pol­i­tics, the econ­omy and cul­ture, said Guo Weimin, vice-min­is­ter of the State Coun­cil In­for­ma­tion Of­fice.

Li­uQibao, the Com­mu­nist Party of China Cen­tral Com­mit­tee’s pub­lic­ity chief, at­tended the ex­hi­bi­tion on New Zealand’s South Is­land on Wed­nes­day, the day it opened.

Liu is lead­ing a del­e­ga­tion of se­nior cul­tural of­fi­cials who are vis­it­ing New Zealand from Tues­day to Thurs­day. Prime Min­is­ter John Key met with the del­e­ga­tion on Tues­day.

The ex­hi­bi­tion will in­tro­duce the English-lan­guage ver­sion of Xi Jin­ping: The Gov­er­nance of China, to Queen­stown’s peo­ple and vis­i­tors, Guo said dur­ing the ex­hi­bi­tion’s open­ing cer­e­mony onWed­nes­day.

Dur­ing the meet­ing with New Zealand’s prime min­is­ter, the two coun­tries reached “im­por­tant con­sen­sus” on cul­tural ex­changes, Guo said.

New Zealand is the first coun­try to sign in­ter­gov­ern­men­tal film and tele­vi­sion co-pro­duc­tion agree­ments with China.

Vanessa van Uden, the mayor of Queen­stown, said the city has wit­nessed en­hanced cul­tural ex­changes be­tween China and New Zealand in re­cent years.

“The num­ber of Chi­nese tourists to Queen­stown has in­creased rapidly in re­cent years dur­ing my term as the mayor of this city,” she said at the cer­e­mony.

The ex­hi­bi­tion is ex­pected to help lo­cal peo­ple know more about China, and New Zealand could learn from China’s ex­pe­ri­ence in pre­serv­ing his­tory and pro­tect­ing his­tor­i­cal sites, she said.

As part of the ex­hi­bi­tion, about 70 pho­tos fo­cus on per­spec­tives in­clud­ing world her­itage in China, in­tan­gi­ble cul­tural her­itage and the unity of hu­mans and na­ture.

Geoff Marks, busi­ness devel­op­ment ex­ec­u­tive at Lake Wanaka Tourism, said that the ex­hi­bi­tion is a good way for New Zealand’s peo­ple to un­der­stand China.

“Af­ter see­ing the beau­ti­ful photo of Wul­ingyuan (in Hu­nan prov­ince), I have dreamed of vis­it­ing that place,” said Marks, who has been to China five times and has vis­ited such cities as Shang­hai, Guangzhou and Chengdu.

Marks said that in re­cent years he has wit­nessed an in­creas­ing num­ber of Chi­nese com­ing to New Zealand. The photo and book ex­hi­bi­tion will in­spire more New Zealan­ders to visit China, he added.

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