'Ayubowan China' program held in Sri Lanka

Updated: 2012-02-09 18:06

By Chen Nan (chinadaily.com.cn)

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Aiming to promote Sri Lanka as a tourist destination for Chinese, the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, along with AIESEC Sri Lanka, hosted “Ayubowan China” at the Light House Galley in Colombo, capital of Sri Lanka, on Chinese New Year’s Day.

AIESEC, the world’s oldest and largest youth organization, hopes to promote relations with young people from China. Fifty Chinese University students from more than 20 major cities in China performed traditional Chinese Dance, Chinese Opera, an instrumental with pipa and erhu, and kung fu and Tai Chi routines.

Sri Lanka experienced rapid tourism growth in 2011. For the first time in its history, the country received 750,000 tourists in one year. About 16,000 Chinese tourists visited Sri Lanka in 2011, a 70 percent increase over 2010.