Celebrating cultural collaboration, Edinburgh has followed suit with other capital cities to forge a closer cultural link with Beijing
The Beijing Municipal Culture and Tourism Bureau visited Edinburgh earlier this year to promote the Chinese capital as a global and cultural destination, as well as build stronger alliances between the two cities. Edinburgh was selected as the UK’s key cultural centre and tourist destination by the Chinese tourism board, joining Manila in The Philippines, Bucharest in Romania, and Tokyo in Japan.
The Chinese tourism board staged a series of events in Edinburgh’s Festival Square called ‘Charming Beijing’ to highlight its Asian culture. From a traditional and vibrant Dragon Dance display to a photo exhibition divided into five themes: ancient capital Beijing, fashionable Beijing, modern Beijing, cultural Beijing and Beijing Forbidden City, Edinburgh was treated to a feast for the eyes. All of the displays demonstrated the profound cultural and historical significance of Beijing, and exhibited the development of the ancient city.
Deputy Inspector of Beijing Municipal Culture and Tourism Bureau, Mr MA Wen, was amongst several dignitaries who flew to Edinburgh to attend the event and cut the ceremonial ribbon at the launch of ‘Charming Beijing’.
Mr MA Wen comments: “It is a great pleasure to share Beijing’s attractiveness with the people of Edinburgh and on behalf of the Beijing Municipal Culture and Tourism Bureau, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the City of Edinburgh for supporting this precious event.”
China and Scotland will continue to work together to strengthen their cultural ties.