Perceiving China-Jiangsu Culture Week opens in Cambodia

Source:Xinhua Published: 2019/2/21 19:13:40

A craftsman carves a piece of bamboo at the Jiangsu culture week in Cambodia on Monday. Photo: VCG

A bamboo carving Photo: VCG

The Perceiving China-Jiangsu Culture Week kicked off in Cambodia on Monday, aimed at strengthening cultural exchanges and enhancing friendship between the country and China.

Cambodian Princess Norodom Buppha Devi, Chinese Ambassador to Cambodia Wang Wentian and Ek Sam Ol, president of the Cambodia-China Friendship Association, attended the opening ceremony at the Diamond Island's Grand Theatre. 

The event included cultural performances and exhibitions featuring Wuxi photography and intangible cultural heritage such as Huishan clay figurines, bamboo carvings, calligraphy, paper-cuts, Chinese two-stringed bowed instrument erhu and Wuxi fine embroidery.

Echoing the "Belt and Road Initiative" and the concept of "building a community of shared future for mankind," the event was designed to showcase Chinese history and the charming culture of Jiangsu Province to Cambodians. 

Speaking at the opening speech, Princess Buppha Devi expressed her warm welcome to the Chinese artists for bringing Jiangsu's wonderful art performances to Cambodian audiences.  

"The Cambodia-China friendship is deeply rooted in the culture and hearts of the two peoples," she said. 

"These frequent cultural exchanges have injected greater vitality into the traditional friendship between the peoples of our two countries." 

The princess said the Jiangsu culture week would enable Cambodian people to further understand Jiangsu's beauty and wonder.

The Chinese ambassador said the Jiangsu culture week provides a channel for Cambodians to explore Jiangsu's culture and history so as to further promote friendship and cultural exchanges.

He also introduced the economic and social development and historical and cultural characteristics of Jiangsu at the ceremony.

Visitor Bun Nita, 27, said the event contributed to building closer cultural ties and people-to-people relations between the two countries.

"Such an event in Cambodia allows us to better understand China's culture and civilization, especially those in Jiangsu Province," he told the Xinhua News Agency after watching a cultural performance. 

"Both the exhibitions outside and the cultural performances have told us about the lifestyles, culture and development [of Jiangsu]," he said.

Another spectator Im Sreymom, 30, said, "It allows us to know more about their culture. I've never seen it before, this is my first time, and it was very interesting."

The Jiangsu culture week will also be held in the coastal province of Preah Sihanouk and the cultural province of Siem Reap on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

Organized by the Information Office and the Foreign Affairs Office of the government of East China's Jiangsu Province, the event marked the coming of Perceiving China-Jiangsu Culture Week to two Southeast Asian countries, namely Cambodia and Thailand.  

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