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Beijing shows off heritage, creativity, cultural exports

By Yin Ruowei | China Daily | Updated: 2019-04-27 09:35
PageOne Bookstore at Beijing Fun, a commercial and cultural complex. [Photo by Wang Zhuangfei/China Daily]

More than 450 journalists from BRI countries and regions tour city, learn about history, business-boosting efforts

The second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, taking place from Thursday to Saturday, is giving Beijing the chance to show off its longtime efforts in preserving cultural heritage, developing the creative industry and promoting cultural exports.

More than 450 journalists from the countries and regions involved the Belt and Road Initiative, including nearly 400 from abroad, were invited by the Press Center of the forum and the Beijing Information Office to join in a three-day city tour that started on Tuesday.

According to local officials, foreign journalists learned more about the ancient capital's history, traditional Chinese culture and the creative industry's efforts to combine a modern lifestyle with Oriental elements on a visit to the Museum of Confucius Temple and Guozijian, or the Imperial College, as well as the 77 Creative Park on the first day of the tour.

"This is my first trip to Beijing," said Alex from Chile. "Beijing's Confucius Temple and the Imperial College are what I most look forward to visiting."

"My house in Santiago is close to a Confucius Institute and many of my friends are learning Chinese so I've become very interested in traditional Chinese culture."

The Confucius Temple and the Imperial College, showcasing Chinese people's respect and thirst for knowledge, served as a bridge between ancient China and the outside world.

Many journalists were amazed to learn that since the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), the Imperial College had been recruiting students from other countries including Japan, Vietnam, Thailand and Russia.

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