Launch of China India Tourism Year 2016

A musical evening `Chinese Opera Show` held to celebrate “China India Tourism Year, 2016” on January 14, 2016.

New Delhi, September 14th, 2016: To celebrate the launch ceremony W020160115749273328087of “Visit China Year-2016 in India”, China National Tourism Administration in association with ICEC Council organized the grand opening ceremony & Chinese Opera Show (Goddess Marriage), Programmed by Anhui Huangmei Opera Theatre, China on 14th January, 2016 at Sirifort Auditorium 1, Khel Gaon Road, New Delhi. It is been organized by China National Tourism Administration. The event was graced by several dignitaries from India and China which included:

  1. Mr. Li Jinzao, Hon’ble Chairman of China National Tourism Administration
  2. Mr. Mahesh Sharma, Hon’ble Minister of Tourism & Culture, Govt. of India
  3. H.E. Mr. Le Yuecheng, Ambassador of China to India
  4. Mr. Vinod Zutshi, Vice Minister of Tourism, Govt. of IndiaW020160115749273293562 W020160115749273316439 W020160115749273367208 W020160115749273338259
  5. Mr. Mohd. Saqib, Secretary General, ICEC Council

The aim of this cultural evening was to represent a slice of Chinese culture to the friends in India, and to promote Indian tourists to visit China.

The ceremony was chaired by Li Shihong, vice chairman of CNTA.

In his message, President Xijinping, on behalf of the Chinese government and people and in his own name, congratulated the opening ceremony of “Visit China Year”, extended cordial greetings to the friendly Indian people, and sincerely thanked all Indian friends that have supported and assisted the “Visit China Year” events.

In his remarks, Li Jinzao said that, the greetings of President Xi Jinping showed his care for China-India tourism exchanges and embodies his hope to enhance practical cooperation and further friendship between peoples. Tourism was acting as a special bond for China and India’s  friendly communication. China, now with 48 World Heritage sites, had many resources famous for long history, ancient culture and profound contents. In 2015, about 900 thousand two-way visits were made between China and India, showing large potential and opportunities for future development. He believed that the “Visit India Year” and “Visit China Year” would bring a new era of more than one million two-way visits and make China-India closer development partnership more vigorous.

Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Hon’ble Minister of Tourism & Culture, Govt. of India extended warm congratulations on the opening of “Visit China Year”. He said, the two countries were playing a due important role in the international arena; the tourism cooperation were essential for enhanced mutual understanding, communication and cooperation between China and India. He was happy  to attend the opening ceremony of “Visit India Year” held in last February in Beijing during his visit to China, and welcomed the e-visa for Chinese tourists of India. He believed that these would have positive influences on the tourism cooperation of the two countries. He wished “Visit China Year” a success in promoting culture exchanges between China and India.

H.E. Mr. Le Yucheng said in his speech that tourism was conducive to promoting culture exchanges, enhancing mutual understanding and making people feel closer. Now that more Chinese people chose to travel abroad, India, as a friendly neighbour and an ancient civilization, would become a popular destination. As the 2015 “Visit India Year” was a great success in China, he believed that the “Visit China Year” in India could show the beautiful China with agreeable landscape and profound culture to Indian friends and attract them to discover, feel and understand China.

After the opening ceremony, Li Jinzao, Mahesh Sharma and Le Yucheng, together with Chinese and Indian guests, watched “Goddess Marriage”, a classic opera of Anhui, China. The superb performance, gorgeous costumes, graceful singing and aesthetic artistic expression attracted warm applauses.

More than 1,000 representatives from China and India tourism industry, the press and all walks of life attended the opening ceremony and watched the performance.