Xi'an, capital of Shaanxi province, held a welcoming ceremony for visitors from New Zealand on Sept 10, featuring performances of local Shaanxi culture. The event was an important part of the China-New Zealand Year of Tourism.
Xi'an welcomes visitors from New Zealand on Sept 10. [Photo/xian.cn]
More than 500 New Zealand visitors boarded the Xi'an City Wall to watch the welcoming performance that had the theme of Tang Dynasty (618-907) etiquette culture, as well as experience the charm of Shaanxi history and modernity.
At the ceremony, a tourism promotion conference for Shaanxi was also held, introducing famous scenic spots like Xi'an City Wall, Small Goose Pagoda, and Xi'an Beilin Museum.
A performance featuring Tang Dynasty etiquette culture is held to welcome visitors from New Zealand. [Photo/xian.cn]
Clare Feanley, New Zealand Ambassador to China, expressed hope that more in-depth cooperation in various fields will attract more Shaanxi residents to New Zealand, as well as promote the continuous development of bilateral relations.
This year marks the China-New Zealand Year of Tourism. The two countries have organized a series of activities to celebrate the tourism year, which effectively promotes tourism and cultural exchanges.
New Zealand visitors take photos of the distinctive performance at the welcoming ceremony. [Photo/xian.cn]
In 2018, New Zealand received a total of 451,344 Chinese tourists, while New Zealand visitors to China reached 150,000. China has become New Zealand's second largest source of tourists.