Chinese envoy, spouse laud CIIT students passion for China

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China Culture Day celebrations

Zubair Qureshi

Islamabad—COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) celebrated ‘China Culture Day’ at its Islamabad with much fanfare and enthusiasm. A large number of students, faculty and foreign dignitaries participated in the Chinese Cultural Day celebrations.
The event was organized by CIIT’s China Study Centre in collaboration with the Chinese Embassy.
The highlight of the day’s events was participation of the envoy of China Sun Weidong along with his wife. Students and faculty of the institute warmly received the guests and expressed their love and enthusiasm for Chinese culture by singing Chinese national anthem.
Chinese ambassador expressed his pleasure at students’ performance and participated in the chorus.
The festivities continued throughout the day, including performance by the CIIT Pak-China Music Fusion Band, quite literally a mellifluous fusion of music from both countries, which turned out to be quite a sensation with the audience. An art exhibition titled, ‘Fusion of Cultures’ having more than 100 art works, including beautiful photography of China by some eminent Chinese and 17 Pakistani photographers, was inaugurated by H. E. Sun Weidong, the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Pakistan .
The grand art exhibition is significant as it has been organized as Pakistan’s tribute to China. It has a variety of art works including paintings, miniature paintings, prints and photography. China has been photographed beautifully, showing rich Chinese culture, sprawling cities, a lot of movement and wonderful expression. The way the photographers have captured the movements is amazing and worth seeing. The exhibition will continue for 10 days till 4th March 2016.
Another attractive feature was the traditional fan dance, which has been a part of China’s heritage for the last 2,000 years. After that there was a performance of a very impressive lion dance, which is also a traditional Chinese dance performed on grand occasions, such as the Lantern Festival (the Chinese New Year) for good luck.
Along with these festivities, academic activities promoting cultural exchanges between China and Pakistan also continued, foremost among which was counseling on scholarships available in China, which students found to be very beneficial. In addition, the participants greatly enjoyed the movies highlighting Chinese culture, which had especially been selected for screening on the occasion.
The efforts of the organizers were greatly appreciated by the Diplomatic community, faculty and a large number of Chinese and Pakistani students.

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