What’s in the bag? Re­porters find out

China Daily (USA) - - G20 2016 CHINA - -ZHAO XINYING

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.

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