The Guangdong 21st Century Maritime Silk Road International Expo 2020 concluded on Saturday in south China’s Guangdong Province, offering a multicultural feast and new possibilities for cultural exchanges, tourism and trade among different countries and regions.
The three-day annual event in Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong, drew nearly 900 exhibitors from 51 countries and regions around the world.
The organizers of the event set up an international culture and tourism exhibition area for the first time, providing a stage for cultural exchanges and cooperation among countries mainly along the Belt & Road routes.
Performances of piano playing from Poland, folk dance from Indonesia, and martial arts from Thailand entertained visitors while displaying the diversified cultural styles of various nations.
Turkish exhibitors presented their traditional way of coffee making, which also attracted many visitors.
“Turkish coffee represents an oldest coffee brewing method in the world. We produce the finest coffee and a unique type of coffee in the world. Our coffee is not filtered,” said Gokhan Bukmus, a Turkish exhibitor.
Iranian exhibitors have also attracted crowds after crowds with their special exhibits fully of Persian flavor. At their booth entrance, a number of beautifully framed “oil paintings” were eye-catching, but they are actually handicraft carpets made of wool and silk yarn.
Visitors could also enjoy the refreshing fragrance of roses and body care product are made from roses – Iran’s national flower.
“China is a very big market and we like to introduce our culture to our Chinese friends here,” said Ashayeri Ebadollah, an exhibitor from Iran.
From January to August, Guangdong’s total import and export volume with countries along the Belt & Road exceeded one trillion yuan (about 147 billion U.S. dollars), a 1.6 percent growth.
Relying on platforms like the expo, the province will continue to expand its level of opening up to the outside world, deepen economic and trade cooperation along with cultural exchanges with other countries, and demonstrate its new image of opening up and development.
“We brought our specialty in Zhuhai’s Doumen District, the Baijiao Sea Bass. It is classified as a national geographical indication product. We have counted and there are already over 80 clients showing interest to our product,” said Peng Yong, project director of the Guangdong Qiangjing Agriculture Group, an exhibitor based in the province’s Zhuhai City.
“We hope to combine our very excellent traditional Chinese medicine with our own scientific research and technologies, so as to come up with some tangible products, and push traditional Chinese medicine to the rest of the world,” said Cao Yiming, experience and development director of Amway China Co., Ltd, a health care products manufacturer.
Initiated in 2014, the Guangdong 21st Century Maritime Silk Road International Expo aims to showcase the economically developed Guangdong Province on the international stage while further promoting the Belt & Road Initiative and seeking cooperation.
After five years of development, the expo has gradually developed into an exhibition platform with growing influence among countries and regions along the Belt & Road.