WASHINGTON -- A photo art
exhibition depicting the scenery and customs of China's West Region opened here
Thursday night, bringing the fascinating remote land closer to the Americans.
"I hope that all who visit this exhibition will see beauty, creativity and
friendship," said Zhou Wenzhong, Chinese ambassador to the United States, at the
exhibition's opening ceremony at the Woodrow Wilson Center.
Like other parts of the country, China's West Region has witnessed rapid
economic development in recent years and the Chinese government's West
Development Strategy promises an even brighter future, he said.
The photos on show will open a window to American viewers and bring the
region closer to them, said the Chinese ambassador.
The month-long event, named "China's West: Great Land in The Perspective of
World Photographers," showcases over 80 pieces selected from half a million
photos shot by some 200 Chinese and Western photographers in 2005 and 2006,
featuring the dramatic landscapes, customs, lifestyles and cultures in China's
Woodrow Wilson Center President Lee Hamilton said the center is "excited to
help further a deeper understanding of China's West among the scholarly, policy
and the public communities of Washington."
The center's vice chairman, David Metzner, told Xinhua that there's
similarity between the western regions of China and the United States.
He thought it could be a spiritual common ground for the Chinese and the
The exhibition is co-sponsored by the Chinese State Council's Information
Office, the Chinese Embassy in the United States and the Woodrow Wilson Center,
a well-known Washington think-tank.