Chi­nese com­mu­nity joins Lord Mayor’s Show in Lon­don

Global Times US Edition - - LIFE -

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

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