Mar­itime Silk Road ci­ties min­gle with Mi­ami lo­cals

China Daily (USA) - - FRONT PAGE - By HONG XIAO in New York xi­ao­hong@chi­nadai­lyusa.com

Mi­ami played host over the week­end to a cam­paign to pro­mote tourism to Chi­nese prov­inces and ci­ties along the Mar­itime Silk Road.

As part of a Chi­nese strate­gic ini­tia­tive to in­crease in­vest­ment and fos­ter col­lab­o­ra­tion across the historic Silk Road, a del­e­ga­tion of more than 70 Chi­nese tourism in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als from 14 Chi­nese prov­inces, au­ton­o­mous re­gions and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties as well as the China Youth Travel Ser­vice, vis­ited the Dol­phin Mall in Mi­ami, whose port is known as the Cruise Cap­i­tal of the World.

The pro­mo­tion, themed Beau­ti­ful China – Jour­ney along the Mar­itime Silk Road, high­lighted prov­inces and ci­ties in­clud­ing Shang­hai, Jiangsu, Zhe­jiang, He­nan, Hubei, Ningxia, Guangxi and Guang­dong.

It show­cased not only the tourism re­sources, but also a so­phis­ti­cated tourist re­cep­tion sys­tem as well as hos­pitable lo­cal peo­ple.

Dur­ing the three-hour event, the del­e­gates in­tro­duced tourism des­ti­na­tions by chat­ting with and hand­ing out brochures and gifts to shop­pers pass­ing by the booths at the mall’s main en­trance.

Lo­cal Chi­nese com­mu­ni­ties and stu­dents from the Con­fu­cius In­sti­tute of Mi­ami Dade Col­lege also per­formed in the pro­mo­tion. Per­for­mances that caused crowds of shop­pers to stop and watch in­cluded a cho­rus per­for­mance of I LoveYou, China, a cheongsam fash­ion show, a tai chi sword dis­play and the group dance Dun Huang.

Some par­tic­i­pants in a con­test on Chi­nese tourism des­ti­na­tions were awarded prizes.

“Mi­ami is a vi­brant and dy­namic city. ... See­ing is be­liev­ing,” said Li Yay­ing,

Mi­ami is a vi­brant and dy­namic city. ... See­ing is be­liev­ing.” Li Yay­ing, di­rec­tor gen­eral of the in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion depart­ment of the China Na­tional Tourism Ad­min­is­tra­tion

di­rec­tor gen­eral of the in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion depart­ment of the China Na­tional Tourism Ad­min­is­tra­tion (CNTA).

“Florida en­joys pe­cu­liar ad­van­tages in tourism, and Mi­ami is a world tourist des­ti­na­tion,” said Li Qiang­min, Chi­nese con­sul gen­eral in Hous­ton. “I would like to see more and more peo­ple com­ing from China to visit this great place and to get to know more about the beauty of the place and peo­ple here.” The Chi­nese Con­sulate Gen­eral in Hous­ton cov­ers the con­sular ju­ris­dic­tion of Florida.

“Also, I’m very glad to in­vite Mi­ami and Florida friends to visit China, which wins so much praise that (it’s) as beau­ti­ful as Mi­ami,” Li added.

Li said with 2016 des­ig­nated as the Year of China-US Tourism, the gala is one of the bi­lat­eral tourism ex­changes be­tween China and the US.

“Peo­ple to peo­ple ex­change is the foun­da­tion of our bi­lat­eral re­la­tion­ship. This gala marks an im­por­tant mo­ment, when the co­op­er­a­tion be­tween China and the US (is) fac­ing a great op­por­tu­nity,” Li said.

“Just two weeks ago, Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping and Pres­i­dent Obama met again dur­ing the G20 Sum­mit held in Hangzhou.

They agreed that China and the United States have far more com­mon in­ter­ests than dif­fer­ences, and the two coun­tries work to­gether to do a lot of things that will ben­e­fit both coun­tries and all of the world,” Li said.

“We are con­fi­dent that by joint ef­fort, China and the United States will be able to break down bar­ri­ers and build a re­la­tion­ship that serve the fun­da­men­tal in­ter­ests of our two peo­ple and peo­ple of the world,” he added.

“I’ve been to China many times. I pos­i­tively sug­gest ev­ery­body I know to go to visit China be­cause it’s so beau­ti­ful and di­ver­si­fied,” said Ashok Nayak, a lo­cal res­i­dent who is study­ing Man­darin at the Con­fu­cius In­sti­tute of Mi­ami Dade Col­lege.

“I would love to go China next year, es­pe­cially Shen­zhen,” said Man­preet-Sing H, a mo­bile-de­vice busi­ness­man who is trav­el­ing to Mi­ami. He said Shen­zhen is a big at­trac­tion be­cause it ag­gre­gates China’s top com­pa­nies and fac­to­ries in the high-tech in­dus­try. He wants to visit the city not only as a tourist but for busi­ness.

“I know Amer­i­cans love Chi­nese, and Chi­nese love Mi­ami, as we are the Cruise Cap­i­tal of the World,” said Wil­liam D. Tal­ber, pres­i­dent and CEO of the Greater Mi­ami Con­ven­tion & Vis­i­tors Bureau.

“Our dream is to have di­rect flight from China to Mi­ami and Mi­ami to China,” he added.

In a com­mu­nity of 2.6 mil­lion res­i­dents from more than 120 coun­tries speak­ing over 80 lan­guages, Mi­ami-Dade County is a global mar­ket­place that ma­jor in­ter­na­tional com­pa­nies and banks call home.

Mil­lions of pas­sen­gers travel through PortMi­ami ev­ery year, and with 18 cruise brands berthing 42 ships, PortMi­ami con­tin­ues to be the de­par­ture des­ti­na­tion of choice for cruises to the Ba­hamas, the Caribbean, Mex­ico and other des­ti­na­tions.

I know Amer­i­cans love Chi­nese, and Chi­nese love Mi­ami ... the Cruise Cap­i­tal of the World.” Wil­liam Tal­ber, Greater Mi­ami Con­ven­tion & Vis­tiors Bureau

HONG XIAO / CHINA DAILY

Goof­ing off at Beau­ti­fulChina–Jour­neya­longth­eMar­itimeSilkRoad, an event or­ga­nized by the China Na­tional Tourism Ad­min­is­tra­tion, at Dol­phin Mall in Mi­ami, Florida on Satur­day.

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