Chinese community joins Lord Mayor’s Show in London
The annual Lord Mayor’s Show was held on Saturday in London, this time taking the theme “Shaping Tomorrow’s City Today.”
As floats made their way down the city streets, Chinese performers once again attracted visitors from home and abroad.
One of the largest and most colorful events in London, the more than 400-year old event kicked off at 11 am, bringing together more than 7,000 people, 200 horses and 140 motor and steam-driven vehicles.
With military bands, university teams and social organizations all taking part, the parade traveled four kilometers from Mansion House, the official residence of the Lord Mayor of London, and through other major landmarks, displaying the city’s ancient and modern looks in parallel with its enthusiasm and culture.
Peter Estlin, 691st Lord Mayor of the City of London, traveled in a golden carriage and waved to the crowds.
Chinese enterprises and organizations were also in the procession. Representatives from the Zhejiang UK Association (ZJUKA) and China Construction Bank, for example, took part in traditional Chinese performances such as the Ansai waist drum dance and dragon dance, which received high praise from onlookers.
This marked the second time that ZJUKA has participated in a Lord Mayor’s Show, Huang Ping, the association’s president, told the Xinhua News Agency, adding that the design of their float was inspired by Hangzhou’s Yuhuang Shannan Fund Town, and, in this finance center, showcases the style of China’s modern fund town.
Amid the parade, the “One Belt, One Road” float was particularly eye-catching. It was decorated with a map of China, pandas and Chinese dragon decorations, showing hospitality toward the British people. A pair of clasped hands hinted at the friendly and cooperative relations between China and Britain.
The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in London brought a high-tech robotic float with traditional dragon dance, a miniature of a modern Asian city that has preserved its traditional culture.
Meanwhile, a team from Taiwan showed local features like Electric-Techno Neon Gods, a dance that combines traditional Taiwan folk dances with modern pop music. Xinhua