High-level guests head out on town for some shop­ping

China Daily (USA) - - G20 2016 CHINA - By DUJUAN and ZHAO XINYING in Hangzhou Con­tact the writer at dujuan@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

Many for­eign lead­ers and en­tourage mem­bers at­tend­ing the G20 Sum­mit man­aged to squeeze some free time into their busy sched­ules for shop­ping and com­mu­ni­cat­ing with lo­cal artists, adding some light mo­ments to their trips.

Lo­cated in the cen­ter of the city, Hangzhou Tower, one of the top shop­ping malls, re­ceived groups of lead­ers from Rus­sia, Thai­land and Tur­key, as well as the first lady of Canada, to shop or dine over the past three days.

Wang Rong, a sales­woman at Luo­lai Home Tex­tile Co, one of China’s top bedding brands, said she served a Rus­sian group of five peo­ple on Sun­day.

“The pres­i­dent of Rus­sia, Vladimir Putin, was not here, which was a pity,” she said. “I feel re­ally hon­ored that the pres­i­dent’s team chose our prod­ucts.”

Wang, who has worked at Luo­lai for five years, said she is con­fi­dent in China-made prod­ucts and be­lieves sales will con­tinue to rise.

So­phie Gre­goire-Trudeau, wife of Canada’s PrimeMin­is­ter Justin Trudeau, went to Dolce & Gab­bana on the first floor in Hangzhou Tower and bought a one-piece dress. She brought her daugh­ter, who checked out some night­gowns.

In ad­di­tion to shop­ping, other forms of cul­tural com­mu­ni­ca­tion are in ev­i­dence at the G20.

Wu Xiaoli, a Hangzhou craftswoman who made sculp­tures of G20 lead­ers us­ing dough mod­el­ing, a tra­di­tional art form in China, was sur­prised to meet Emine Er­do­gan, Tur­key’s first lady.

Wu said Er­do­gan, who was ac­com­pa­nied by Turk­ish diplo­mats, re­porters and other staff mem­bers, was fas­ci­nated by the minia­tures, par­tic­u­larly the one of the Tur­key’s Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan.

“The first lady asked the in­ter­preter to tell me that there is an iden­ti­cal sculp­ture of the pres­i­dent in his of­fice and the pres­i­dent likes it a lot,” Wu said.

Wu and 30-plus peers spent half a year cre­at­ing a set of sculp­tures of G20 lead­ers — called World Peace Dream — to cel­e­brate Hangzhou’s host­ing of the G20 Sum­mit. The set caught the at­ten­tion of both the do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional press be­fore and dur­ing the sum­mit.

Wu said: “When Mrs Er­do­gan learned that both sculp­tures were made by me and my team, she warmly hugged me three times, say­ing that she was re­ally glad to see me.” Scan It!

Ar­gen­tine Pres­i­dent Mauri­cio Macri and first lady, Ju­liana Awada, cy­cled by the side of West Lake on Mon­day morn­ing. The cou­ple feasted their eyes on scenery such as the Bro­ken Bridge and Zhong­shan Park dur­ing a tour last­ing about half an hour.

Macri and first lady are the high­est-level for­eign­ers to have ex­pe­ri­enced the pub­lic bi­cy­cle sys­te­mof Hangzhou.

Be­sides its scenery, Hangzhou also at­tracts for­eign lead­ers at­tend­ing the G20 Sum­mit with its cui­sine. Grandma’s House, a fa­mous restau­rant chain in Hangzhou, has be­comea top choice.

Thai­land’s del­e­ga­tion­went to the restau­rant twice dur­ing the sum­mit and the del­e­ga­tion fromTurkey also chose this restau­rant.

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Ar­gen­tine guests cy­cle along­side West Lake.

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