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Xi's UK Visit Roundup: Red Flags, Red Carpets and Red Envelopes for People's Benefits
   2015-10-25 21:42:26    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Chu Yiming

China's president Xi Jinping gets off a London bus at Lancaster House in London on October 22, 2015. [Photo: Xinhua]

What were the main outcomes of all the banquets and trade talks that President Xi Jinping took part in during his trip to the UK?

But let's look at some symbolic things.

First, the use of the color red. As we know, the red color is a sign for good fortune and joy in China. Red decorations were seen in many places that President Xi visited.

Second, red carpets: Xi Jinping has been in the UK for three days and it involved many red carpet events.

Workers fix the red carpet at the Buckingham Palace before the arrival of President Xi Jinping on October 22, 2015. [Photo: Xinhua]

Xi has been courted at Downing Street, attended a lavish state banquet in his honor hosted by the Queen, and spent two nights at the Buckingham Palace.

President Xi Jinping and British Premier David Cameron stand in front of the Buckingham Palace on October 22, 2015. [Photo: Xinhua]

 Xi Jinping, accompanied by Prince Philip, inspects the guard of honour at Horse Guards Parade on October 22, 2015. [Photo: Xinhua]

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip bid farewell to Xi and his wife, Peng Liyuan, at the Buckingham Palace on October 22, 2015. [Photo: Xinhua]

There have also been red flag

On the first day of his visit, Xi and his wife Peng Liyuan were whisked down the Mall in the Queen's diamond jubilee state coach. The road was lined with hundreds of enthusiastic public,
who had come to welcome President Xi and his wife, waving red China flags.

Supporters come to London and wait for Xi Jinping's arrival in London on October 19. [Photo: Xinhua]

There have also been red decoration and dress

The Duchess of Cambridge toasts Xi Jinping at the Buckingham Palace on October 23, 2015. [Photo: Xinhua]

There are also four "red envelopes" brought back by President Xi Jinping from his visit to Britain.

1) Britain will start to issue a two-year multiple-entry visa for Chinese tourists beginning in 2016 according to the British embassy in Beijing.

It is prompted by an increasing number of high net worth tourists from China.

2) The Chinese and British governments have already signed an ambitious framework to expand collaboration in higher education, vocational training and secondary education, on top of closer collaboration in sports education.

As part of his time in the UK, Chinese President Xi Jinping took time out to tour the Imperial College in London.

Observers are suggesting the tour could be a sign the Chinese government may be preparing to make education a higher priority in China-UK ties in the future.

3) The Bank of China (BOC) has announced the establishment of the London Trading Centre for the Chinese yuan and launched the BOC-yuan Bond Trading Index.

4) A branch of the Legoland amusement park is to open in Shanghai. It is a joint venture between Britain's Merlin Entertainments Plc. and China Media Capital. Merlin is the world's second-biggest theme park operator behind Walt Disney Co.

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