A taste of Switzerland
Published: May 13, 2015 05:38 PM Updated: May 14, 2015 10:22 AM
As part of the 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and Switzerland, the third annual Shanghai Swiss Week kicked off Tuesday evening at Huaihai Park.

Speeches during the event were delivered by Ambassador of Switzerland to China Jean-Jacques de Dardel, Consul General of Switzerland in Shanghai Alexander Hoffet and Fan Yufei, deputy director of the Foreign Affairs Office of Shanghai Municipal Government.

Ambassador de Dardel revealed during his speech that the pioneering solar-powered plane, Solar Impulse II, will probably fly over the Bund area in Shanghai later this month. Nearby residents will have a chance to see the headline-making, Swiss-made craft, which operates on 17,000 solar cells installed on its wings. The plane recently arrived in Nanjing following its circumnavigating of the world to promote green energy.

China is the world's biggest photovoltaic market and also world's largest producer of solar panels, which as a result has lowered solar power generation costs across the world.

Swiss Week celebrates the dynamic Sino-Swiss ties and the many milestones made together over their long relationship by introducing Swiss culture, education, science and innovation to the Shanghai public.

Fifteen Swiss companies will be present to promote their products at the free exhibition, including food and beverages, consumer goods, electronics and appliances.

A performance of Swiss folk instrument the Hackbrett will also contribute to the festive Swiss atmosphere throughout the event, which is open to public from May 13 to May 17 at Huaihai Park in downtown Huangpu district.

Switzerland, as is well-known, was one of the first Western countries to recognize the People's Republic of China in January 1950.

It is this combination of pragmatism and vision, a sense for mutual interests and the capacity to innovate in fields such as sustainable development which has made bilateral cooperation between Switzerland and China so multifaceted and successful.

Ambassador of Switzerland to China Jean-Jacques de Dardel (middle) and other guests at the opening ceremony of Shanghai Swiss Week Tuesday


Guests relax at Huaihai Park after the ceremony.


A Swiss boy plays folk instrument Hackbrett at the event. Photos: Provided to the Global Times