Photo ex­hibit high­lights China land­scapes

China Daily (USA) - - XI’S VISIT - By AMY HE in Quito, Ecuador

A new China-themed photo ex­hi­bi­tion was un­veiled at the Con­fu­cius In­sti­tute at the Univer­si­dad San Francisco de Quito on Thurs­day, fo­cus­ing on China’s nat­u­ral land­scapes, cul­tural his­tory and devel­op­men­tal growth.

“This ex­hi­bi­tion fo­cuses on the one­ness of man with na­ture, show­cas­ing China’s land­scapes through these beau­ti­ful pho­tos,” said Huang Kun­ming, ex­ec­u­tive deputy head of China’s Public­ity De­part­ment. The pho­tos will give view­ers a sense of China’s rivers and moun­tains, its long his­to­ries and tra­di­tions, and the cur­rent growth the coun­try is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing, he said.

See­ing once is bet­ter than hear­ing a hun­dred times.” Old Chi­nese say­ing quoted by Huang Kun­ming, ex­ec­u­tive deputy head of China’s Public­ity De­part­ment

The na­ture fo­cus shows that “the Chi­nese peo­ple re­spect na­ture, let na­ture take its course, and wants to pro­tect na­ture”, he added.

He said he wants the ex­hibit to serve as a win­dow to bet­ter un­der­stand­ing the beauty and va­ri­ety of China and its flour­ish­ing de­vel­op­ment in the modern age.

“There’s a say­ing in Chi­nese that goes, ‘See­ing once is bet­ter than hear­ing a hun­dred times,’ so we hope that through this ex­hibit we can honor the two coun­tries’ in­ter­ac­tions, let more Ecuado­ri­ans — par­tic­u­larly the youth — un­der­stand China’s sit­u­a­tion, es­pe­cially the unique­ness of China’s cul­ture and Chi­nese peo­ple’s sin­cere friend­li­ness,” he said.

Huang spoke in the morn­ing be­fore Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping ar­rived in Ecuador, his first stop in Latin Amer­ica be­fore he trav­els to the APEC Eco­nomic Lead­ers’ Meet­ing in Lima, Peru this week­end.

Mak­ing Ecuador his first stop in the re­gion shows that China val­ues its tra­di­tions with Ecuador and the grow­ing bi­lat­eral ties, Huang said.

The founder and pres­i­dent of the univer­sity said dur­ing the cer­e­mony that its Con­fu­cius In­sti­tute — es­tab­lished by Pro­fes­sor José Salazar Car­bonell — has seen more than 1,500 stu­dents from across Ecuador pass through in the six years since its cre­ation.

The univer­sity has sent more than 230 stu­dents to study at Pek­ing Univer­sity through schol­ar­ships, where they ma­jored in fi­nance, Chi­nese-lan­guage teach­ing and Chi­nese phi­los­o­phy, said San­ti­ago Gan­gotena González.

“Es­tab­lish­ing the Con­fu­cius In­sti­tute with the help of the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment helped con­trib­ute to Ecuado­ri­ans’ un­der­stand­ing of China and helped pro­mote the learn­ing of Man­darin,” he said.

AMY HE / CHINA DAILY

Huang Kun­ming (sec­ond from right), ex­ec­u­tive deputy head of China’s Public­ity De­part­ment, at­tends the un­veil­ing cer­e­mony for the Beau­ti­fulChi­naPho­toEx­hibit at the Univer­si­dad San Francisco de Quito in Cum­baya, Ecuador. He is pic­tured with the univer­sity’s pres­i­dent San­ti­ago Gan­gotena González (right), An­drea Nina (sec­ond from left), sec­re­tary of the Min­istry of Cul­ture and Her­itage, and José Salazar Car­bonell, di­rec­tor of the Con­fu­cius In­sti­tute at the univer­sity.

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