DUNHUANG, China, The 5. China Silk Road International Cultural Exhibition (Dunhuang) and the 10th Dunhuang Tour-Silk Road International Tourism Festival began on September 24 in Dunhuang, a major hub of the ancient Silk Road in northwestern China’s Gansu province. Both events were organized by the People’s Government of Gansu Province in cooperation with other government agencies.
The three-day expo and festival themed “Symphony Silk Road, Cultural Expo for All” feature summit conferences, cultural forums, exhibitions, and art performances such as “Xuanzang’s Pilgrimage,” a musical about the legendary Chinese monk’s journey along the Silk Road in the 7th century.
More than 2000 years ago, the cultural and economic exchange between the countries on the ancient Silk Road began. This has promoted the continuous development of human civilization through opening and mutual learning, Zhang Xu, Vice Minister of Culture and Tourism, said at the opening ceremony.
With the events, Chinahopes to further strengthen both official and non-governmental cooperation in personal exchanges between countries along the New Silk Road, thus helping to build a community with a common future, he added.
China’s ancient Silk Road spans a total length of over 7,000 kilometers (4,350 miles), with the section in Gansu covering a distance of 1,600 kilometers (994 miles). “In recent years, Gansu has seized the opportunity to join the New Silk Road initiative to promote cultural exchange and cooperation,” said Yin Hong,secretary of the Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China (CCP) of Gansu. “These two events serve as a bridge for cultural integration along the Silk Road and provide impetus for the development of countries along the route.”
This year’s guest of honour is the Republic of Korea (ROK). Hwang Hee,the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism of South Korea, was connected via video link and explained that the Expo, which takes place in the center of the brilliant culture of the Silk Road, reminds people of the immeasurable importance of cultural exchange in the history of mankind.
The Republic of Korea looks forward to the coexistence of all cultures of the world and is ready to further promote cultural exchange and cooperation based on state-of-the-art digital technology and online platforms, Hwang said.
More than 200 representatives of countries and regions as well as international organisations, including civil servants, diplomats and experts, take part in the events via the Internet or on the ground.
SOURCE Gansu Provincial People’s Government