What’s in the bag? Reporters find out
As the media center of the G20 Summit opened its doors on Thursday, Hangzhou, the host city, gave every registered reporter a backpack containing three of the city’s most popular souvenirs: an umbrella, a silk scarf and a folding fan.
The umbrella brand— Paradise— has been around for more than three decades and is well known in China. Produced by Hangzhou Paradise Umbrella Group Co, one of the largest umbrella manufacturers in China, the gift sports a “G20 2016 CHINA” logo and promises protection against the ample rain and strong late-summer sunshine characteristic of Hangzhou.
Reporters were also surprised to find a silk scarf, a Hangzhou trademark for thousands of years. Its climate is ideal for the growth of mulberries and silkworms which lead to high-quality silk products.
The folding fan, created by Hangzhou Wangxingji Fan Co, represents the literary culture and graceful lifestyle of the city. Since the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279) when the imperial family settled in Hangzhou, craftsmen and artists also moved there and brought the art of fan making.
The backpack itself is branded Hedgren, a bag and suitcase maker formerly from Belgium that was acquired in 2011 by League Co in Hangzhou’s Tonglu county.
Also inside, reporters found stationery, souvenirs and other small items, all made in Zhejiang.