When a culture delegation from Xiamen city journeyed to Indonesia for the 2016 Surabaya Cross Culture Festival, in the city of Surabaya, Xiamen's sister city, Aug 13 - 19, they provided a dazzling array of performances for the opening ceremony, on Aug 15, and for a street pageant and in public areas, such as parks and shopping malls.
Xiamen performers taking a photo during the pageant. [Photo from xmfo.gov.cn]
Leading the delegation, with 15 officials, folk opera performers and folk dancers, was Chen Ying, vice-president of the Xiamen Federation of Literary Art Circles, who exchanged presents with Surabaya's mayor, Tri Rismaharini, at the opening ceremony.
Xiamen opera performers at a public venue. [Photo from xmwenlian.com]
The delegates also visited China's deputy consul-general in Surabaya, Jiang Lei, and met with the head of the city's culture department, Wiwiek Widayati, and took part in Indonesia's National Day (Aug 17) celebrations. In addition, they went to kindergartens and primary schools where graduates of Huaqiao University in Fujian have been teaching Chinese language and culture, to get a picture of the interest in Chinese education in local areas.
A delegation headed by the chairman of the Hong Kong Promotion Association of International Cooperation visited Xiamen King Long United Automotive Industry Co, a leading public vehicle manufacturer in China, on June 4.
Zsolt Pava, mayor of Pecs in Hungary, visited Xiamen and a local private company on May 27.