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Shaanxi culture bridges China-Canada friendship

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Updated: 2017-12-05

A Cultural Shaanxi Tourism Presentation was held in Xi'an, capital city of Northwest China's Shaanxi province on Nov 29 to promote Shaanxi's culture to a delegation from Canada.

Hosted by the Shaanxi Provincial Tourism Development Commission, the event was also meant to enhance cultural exchange between the two countries.

Jim Karygiannis, representing the city of Toronto, noted that during his 52 visits to China, including six to Xi'an, he was deeply impressed by the ancient city for its cultural heritage and economic and social development.

Shaanxi culture bridges China-Canada friendship

Jim Karygiannis, representative of the city of Toronto, speaks at the Cultural Shaanxi Tourism Presentation in Xi'an on Nov 29. [Photo/sanqin.com]

Gao Zhongyin, chairman of the Shaanxi Provincial Tourism Development Commission, addressed the presentation, saying that Shaanxi, a starting point of the Silk Road, offers an abundance of historic culture and artifacts that attract millions of visitors each year.

The activity is also a warming up for the "China-Canada Friendship Year" around the corner in 2018. Both sides will deepen cooperation by launching premium tourist products and introducing reciprocal tourist policies, added Gao.

The delegation made of over 50 representatives from the Canadian government, enterprises and sports organizations, will be shown around China from Nov 24 to Dec 3; from Nov 27 to 29 they were hosted in Xi'an.

The "China-Canada Friendship Year", designated by the Chinese and Canadian governments, is intended to promote cultural tourism.

Shaanxi culture bridges China-Canada friendship

Participants pose for a photo at the end of the presentation. [Photo/sanqin.com]

Shaanxi culture bridges China-Canada friendship

Participants learn about the ancient Chinese art of shadow puppetry from the artists. [Photo/sanqin.com]

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