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Media promote cultural exchanges on Silk Road

Shanxi province, China : Mainstream media representatives from nearly 20 countries along the Belt and Road Initiative on Saturday took part in a ‘tea gathering' on the Silk Road in Datong, Shanxi province.

The event was themed on tea drinking, music and cultural exchange, and interviews were given in the Yungang Grottoes, the Hanging Temple and other famous historical sites.

A media international cultural exchange event kicks off at the Yungang Grottoes in Datong, one of China's top tourist destinations.

A Counsellor at the Information Department of China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr Dai Lan, kicked off the “Belt and Road - World of Great Harmony (Datong)” Media International Cultural Exchange Event at the Yungang Grottoes in Datong.

“This event will help to promote cooperation and cultural exchange among the countries situated along the Belt and Road,” Mr Dai Lan said.

Activities included the “Tea Gathering on Silk Road (Datong)” cultural exchange and Chinese and foreign joint media coverage.

The cultural landscape reflects Datong's great role in the communication of different civilisations in history, and the transformation and revitalisation of Datong under the Belt and Road Initiative.

Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Masood Khalid, who is stationed in China, attended the launching ceremony. Officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia and the Netherlands, all stationed in China, were also present at the event.

The 2017 Power of the Image China (Datong) International Photography Culture Exhibition was unveiled at the same time.

The exhibition aimed to carry out international cultural exchanges using artistic imagery to better demonstrate Datong to the world. At the unveiling ceremony, the famous Silk Road cultural scholar Zhang Lucheng and 16 representatives of overseas students created works on the Silk Road as a team.

The event was jointly sponsored by China Radio International, China Public Diplomacy Association, Datong Daily Media Group, and Datong Yungang Grottoes Research Institute.

As a famous historic and cultural town, Datong has been an important node city on the Silk Road since ancient times. Formerly the capital of the Northern Wei Dynasty, Datong witnessed the grand occasions of Chinese and Western cultural exchanges as it gathered Chinese and foreign merchants and blended diverse cultures.

Datong is the second largest city in Shanxi province and one of the first group of 24 historic and ancient cities in China proclaimed by the State Council. The city is rated as the ninth ancient capital of China.

Datong is located in the very north of Shanxi province at the junction of Shamxi province, Hebei province and the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

By Khonesavanh Latsaphao
(Latest Update
September 26,

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