Canada scenes cap­tured by 140 pho­tog­ra­phers

China Daily (USA) - - ACROSS AMERICAS - By CHEN YINGQUN in Beijing cheny­ingqun@chi­nadaily.com. cn

They say that beauty is in the eye of the be­holder. It can be in their cam­era lens as well.

A new photo al­bum called 100 Pho­tog­ra­phers Fo­cus on Canada cel­e­brat­ing the na­tion’s nat­u­ral and cul­tural beauty made its de­but at the Cana­dian In­ter­na­tional School of Beijing on Wed­nes­day.

The book, com­piled by China Daily, con­sists of about 300 pho­tos from more than 140 Chi­nese and Cana­dian pho­tog­ra­phers. It dis­plays Canada’s charms from flam­ing maple leaves, dream­like aurora borealis and rain­bows over the Ni­a­gara Falls to the joy­ful in­ter­ac­tion be­tween hu­mans and an­i­mals and the ev­ery­day lives of Cana­di­ans of all ages.

Sun Shangwu, deputy ed­i­tor-in-chief of China Daily, said the tim­ing of pub­lish­ing the photo al­bum had a spe­cial sig­nif­i­cance since China and Canada would be cel­e­brat­ing the 46th an­niver­sary of the es­tab­lish­ment of their diplo­matic ties on Thursday.

“Fo­cus on Canada is a record of mem­o­rable mo­ments in Canada,” Sun said at the launch event. “More­over, it is a tes­ti­mony of the friend­ship be­tween our peo­ple. Through their lenses, and in the lan­guage of shape and color, the pho­tog­ra­phers are ex­press­ing the beauty of Canada to the world, and in par­tic­u­lar to the peo­ple of China.”

China Daily and AKD In­ter­na­tional Ed­u­ca­tion Inc in Canada have been work­ing hand-in-hand on Fo­cus on Canada since June, which in­cluded send­ing Chi­nese pho­tog­ra­phers to visit Canada.

Cindy Ter­mor­shuizen, charge d’af­faires of the Cana­dian Em­bassy, em­pha­sized the im­por­tance of peo­ple-topeo­ple ex­changes, men­tion­ing that Chi­nese Premier Li Ke­qiang and Cana­dian Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau ex­changed vis­its within just one month in Septem­ber.

“I be­lieve this com­mem­o­ra­tive al­bum, cre­ated from sights of Canada seen through the lens of visit­ing pho­tog­ra­phers, is an im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tion to our ef­forts to tell the Chi­nese peo­ple the story of Canada and to en­cour­age them to come and visit us,” she said.

Whether it is through ed­u­ca­tion, aca­demic and cul­tural ex­changes or through tourism, th­ese ex­changes help build cross-cul­tural un­der­stand­ing and deepen and grow the Canada-China re­la­tion­ship, she added.

Ter­mor­shuizen said that since China granted Canada ap­proved des­ti­na­tion status in 2010, the num­ber of Chi­nese vis­i­tors to Canada has reached strong, dou­ble-digit growth ev­ery year. Up­wards of 500,000 Chi­nese tourists visit Canada each year, and a sim­i­lar num­ber of Cana­dian tourists visit China.

In the first half of 2016, the num­ber of Chi­nese tourists to Canada surged over 24 per­cent com­pared to the same pe­riod last year, and China cur­rently ranks as the third-largest source of vis­i­tors to Canada, af­ter the US and UK.

At present, more than 120,000 Chi­nese stu­dents are study­ing in Canada. Ev­ery week, there are 95 di­rect flights be­tween China and Canada, and both gov­ern­ments are work­ing to al­low more di­rect flights be­tween the two coun­tries to make visit­ing eas­ier.

The 100 Pho­tog­ra­phers Fo­cus on Canada is the 12th vol­ume in China Daily’s “Fo­cus” se­ries, which in­cludes an al­bum on Rus­sia.

WANG ZHUANGFEI / CHINA DAILY

Sun Shangwu, deputy ed­i­tor-in-chief of China Daily, pre­sents 100Pho­tog­ra­pher­sFo­cu­sonCanada, a photo al­bum of Canada’s nat­u­ral and cul­tural beauty, to Brian Gal­lant, New Brunswick premier and Cindy Ter­mor­shuizen (right), charge d’af­faires for the Cana­dian Em­bassy, at the Cana­dian In­ter­na­tional School of Beijing on Wed­nes­day. See more > p10

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