2009 Beijing International Tourism Festival
    2009-10-29 17:06:50     CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Zhao Lixia
Over the weekend the main exhibition venue around the Olympic park displayed Beijing's rich tourism resources found across its 18 districts and counties, while at the same time visitors appreciated splendid exotic performances from international artists.

The 11th Beijing International Tourism Festival opening ceremony kicked off at the Olympic green on October 23, drawing together performance groups and artists from 71 countries and 18 districts and counties in and around Beijing.

25 floats representing different aspects of travel and life in Beijing acted as mobile name cards for international friends, according to Beijing's Deputy Mayor Ding Xiangyang, adding they represent a new focus for tourism in this ancient cultural and historical city.

An impressive drum performance marked the prelude of this year's tourism festival, with 60 Chinese traditional drummers kicking off the ceremony, while sending their birthday wishes to the motherland. Female drum players and water splash drummers also brought the drum performances to a climax.

Following the drum performance was an eye-catching parade of floats featuring Beijing's famous scenic spots. The Forbidden City, Beihai Park, the Summer Palace, the Bird's Nest, Shichahai and Happy Valley were all represented as they gracefully moved along the boulevard. Each float was led by an elegant model dressed in special attire with elements of the scenic spots represented.

Park Su-Ho, an assembly member from the Economy & Investment Committee of the Republic of Korea is the leader of their delegation. They showcased a fantastic tae kwon do performance during the opening ceremony along with their traditional folk dance.

"This is the first time we've been in China. Beijing is very tidy and beautiful, we feel proud to take part in this tourism festival and we hope the Chinese people liked our performance."

"We've been invited a few months ago. And we are very proud to be here. It's a huge country in comparison of Belgium." says Genevieve Birabre from Belgium delegation.

"Very impressive for us to be here. We are new to learn different culture and different way of eating."

The 45 people Belgium group have visited the Great Wall, the Temple of Heaven, the Forbidden City, etc. in the past few days and left good impression of Chinas capital city.

"I like all the sightseeing in Beijing, because they are nicely preserved." Genevieve adds.

The three day festival concluded at Happy Valley on Sunday. Over the weekend the main exhibition venue around the Olympic park displayed Beijing's rich tourism resources found across its 18 districts and counties, while at the same time visitors appreciated splendid exotic performances from international artists.

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Opening Ceremony

Grand Performance

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