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The most recent Olympic host countries are still celebrating. The latest cheers were heard in Shanghai earlier this month when UK diver Tom Daley and China's Qiu Bo met fans at Shanghai's Oriental Sports Center and shared their experiences of London 2012.
British Consul General Brian Davidson hosted the event, saying, "Tom and Qiu Bo standing side-by-side illustrates the depth and level of people-to-people exchanges between China and the UK, and is a great opportunity to celebrate the successes of Chinese and British athletes at London 2012."
Daley, 18, won the bronze medal in the London Games' 10-meter platform dive, while Qiu from Sichuan, China, came home with the silver medal in the same event.
Olympic diving medalists Qiu Bo of China and Tom Daley of Britain get shirts from the UK consulate in Shanghai. [Photo provided to China Daily]
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Cuba's Ambassador to China Alberto Jesus Blanco Silva hosted diplomatic VIPs and friends of the embassy for a Day of National Culture reception last weekend. Guests enjoyed Cuban food, beer and rum after a series of performances by Cuban dancers and by David Huo, an award-winning Chinese salsa entertainer who teaches the dance at his Beijing studios.
Chinese and Germans were celebrating Oktoberfest in Beijing last week. [Photo by Gui Ma/For China Daily]
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Germans cheerfully claim October as their own, and the rest of the world has learned to raise a large stein of beer along with them. Last week the German embassy's cultural officer, Axel Gugel, hosted a big table inside the party tent at the Kempinski Beijing for enthusiasts of the embassy's blog and micro blogs. That included about 25 young Chinese who are frequent posters on deyinxiang.org.
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The visiting Baltic Guitar Quartet, currently on tour in China, brought their artistic spirit to a reception hosted by Lithuania's Ambassador Lina Antanaviciene at the embassy last week.
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US Ambassador to China Gary Locke spoke at a Chengdu seminar on investing in the US last week, greeting a delegation from the state of Michigan led by Governor Rick Snyder, as well as representatives of other US states eager to do business with western China. Sichuan Executive Vice-Governor Wei Hong noted in his remarks that almost half of the world's Fortune 500 companies have operations or offices in Chengdu or in Sichuan.
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Embassy employees and friends of Spain and Finland converged on Friday at Beijing's Bridge Gallery for Spanish tapas and wine, a flamenco performance and a preview of an art show by four Spanish artists - Enrique Brinckmann, Cristina Ducios, Consuelo Hernandez and Jose Palacios - and Finnish artist Totte Mannes, who has resided in Madrid for four decades.
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Czech Ambassador Libor Secka and his wife, Sabrina, hosted a garden-party reception on Friday to celebrate the national day of the Czech Republic.
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"Peking University turned into a little piece of Denmark the 23rd of October," the Danish embassy website announced when the Sino-Danish Network opened its doors to the career and education fair Denmark Day. Seven Danish universities and nine of Denmark's largest companies in China participated in the fair. They presented career and education opportunities to Chinese students hoping to establish close contact between students, companies and universities.
The day included Danish food, beverages and images of Denmark.
"By studying in Denmark you acquire new skills and qualifications that are of great value when starting your career," said Danish Ambassador Friis Arne Petersen.
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