On May 10th, more than 100 diplomatic envoys to China from 50 countries have arrived in Xi’an, to attend the five-day event of “Bring the starting point of the Silk Road to the world”, 2021 Economic Trade and Cultural Tour of Xi’an for Diplomatic Envoys to China.
The staff of the event organizing committee went to Xi’an Xianyang International Airport to guarantee the reception work to go smoothly. Nearly one hundred etiquette girls and volunteers greeted the foreign envoys at the arrivals exit of the terminal building. By 17:00, all the diplomatic envoys have arrived in Xi’an and checked into the Grand Wyndham Hotel Xi’an.
In the afternoon, the diplomatic envoys went to “Wengcheng” (the defensive enclosure) of Xi’an Yongning Gate to participate in the ancient-style entering ceremony. This is the noblest way that the Shaanxi Provincial People’s Government greet guests from afar. All the diplomatic envoys’ presence in “Wengcheng” made an instant hit in Xi’an. The local citizens took photos, videos and sent posts on their WeChat moments, which caused a great sensation.
A lively scene was presented that night in the “Wengcheng” of Yongning Gate. For most diplomatic envoys who are rich in experiences and knowledge, it is the first time to participate in such a high standard and large scale ancient-style entering ceremony. Their excitement was beyond words. They just raised their thumbs from time to time and praised “OK, OK!”. An envoy from Nepal who had lived in China for nine years said in fluent Chinese, “The ancient city-entering ceremony is so amazing. The night scenery of Xi’an is so beautiful that I will never forget it.”
The 5th Silk Road International Expo and Investment and Trade Fair for Cooperation between East and West will solemnly open at Xi ‘an International Convention and Exhibition Center on May 11. As the branch session of the 5th Silk Road Expo, the event of “Bring the Starting Point of the Silk Road to the World” 2021 Economic Trade and Cultural Tour of Xi’an for Diplomatic Envoys to China will surely add much glamour to the Expo.
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