West China show­case opens in UK

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TOP NEWS - By WANG MINGJIE in Lon­don wang­mingjie@ mail.chi­nadai­lyuk.com

A week­long event show­cas­ing the cul­ture of west­ern China opened in the United King­dom on Thurs­day, of­fer­ing a glimpse of the lesser­known re­gion.

The Cul­tural Ex­plo­ration of West China tour, part of the Ex­pe­ri­ence China se­ries, kicked off in Lon­don, with dates planned in Manch­ester, Ed­in­burgh, and Dublin, Ire­land.

The tour, or­ga­nized by the State Coun­cil In­for­ma­tion Of­fice, fea­tures an ex­hi­bi­tion, a folk singing and danc­ing per­for­mance, and two films about Ti­betan cul­ture.

Speak­ing at the open­ing cer­e­mony, Lu Wei, deputy head of the Public­ity De­part­ment of the Com­mu­nist Party of China Cen­tral Com­mit­tee, said, “The cul­tural ex­changes be­tween the two coun­tries have been go­ing on for hun­dreds of years and have played an ir­re­place­able role in pro­mot­ing mu­tual un­der­stand­ing be­tween the two peo­ples.”

Lu said he hopes more peo­ple in the UK will be­come fa­mil­iar with China’s mul­ti­eth­nic cul­ture.

Am­bas­sador to the UK Liu Xiaom­ing said west­ern China Colo­rofWestChina is less de­vel­oped eco­nom­i­cally than China’s east­ern ar­eas, but he noted that the re­gion is now achiev­ing fast growth.

Lu Guangjin, direc­tor-gen­eral of the State Coun­cil In­for­ma­tion Of­fice of China, said the na­tion’s cul­ture is broad and di­verse, but most peo­ple out­side China only know about Han cul­ture.

Not­ing that Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping’s state visit to the UK in 2015 opened up a new era for Sino-Bri­tish re­la­tions, Lu Guang jin said cul­ture will play a more es­sen­tial role in pro­mot­ing un­der­stand­ing and mu­tual trust.

As part of the visit, Ti­betan ex­perts in the del­e­ga­tion met jour­nal­ists from the Fi­nan­cial Times. They also took part in a sem­i­nar with schol­ars at the Univer­sity of Lon­don, where they dis­cussed west­ern China’s role in the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive and ex­changed views on top­ics re­lated to the Ti­bet au­ton­o­mous re­gion, in­clud­ing his­tory, de­vel­op­ment, en­v­i­ron- ment, re­li­gion and so­ci­ety.

The ex­hi­bi­tion, at the Mer­maid Theater in Lon­don through Satur­day, in­cludes 18 cul­tural ar­ti­facts and 100 pho­to­graphs por­tray­ing the col­or­ful cus­toms and vi­brant eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of west­ern China.

Roger Cros­ton, coun­cil mem­ber of the Royal So­ci­ety for Asian Af­fairs, said, “I think it’s ex­cel­lent for West­ern peo­ple, for Bri­tish peo­ple in par­tic­u­lar, to come and look at things in more de­tail, be­cause they only read the news­pa­pers, which don’t al­ways give them a clear pic­ture.”

Two films, Born in China and Roof of the World also were shown. Born in China is a 2016 na­ture doc­u­men­tary that tells the sto­ries of a snow leop­ard fam­ily, a golden snub­nosed mon­key, a gi­ant panda and a herd of Ti­betan an­te­lope. Roof of the World is the first Chi­nese doc­u­men­tary about life on the Qing­hai-Ti­bet Plateau.

I think it’s ex­cel­lent for West­ern peo­ple, for Bri­tish peo­ple in par­tic­u­lar, to come and look at things in more de­tail.” Roger Cros­ton, coun­cil mem­ber, Royal So­ci­ety for Asian Af­fairs


Dis­cus­sions about Ti­betan cul­ture are the or­der of the day at the ex­hi­bi­tion in Lon­don on Thurs­day. Roger Cros­ton (right), a coun­cil mem­ber of the Royal So­ci­ety for Asian Af­fairs, ex­changes views with an­other par­tic­i­pant. Cros­ton also at­tended the open­ing cer­e­mony for the Cul­tural Ex­plo­ration of West China tour, which in­cludes the ex­hi­bi­tion.

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