More than 20 countries on the routes of the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road (Belt & Road) have set up over 200 booths at the ongoing 17th China-ASEAN Expo to showcase an array of exotic exhibits ranging from food, drinks to cosmetics to enthusiastic Chinese customers.

Food and teapots from Japan, cosmetics from South Korea, wool products from Australia, black tea from Sri Lanka, wine, apple juices and sauce from Uruguay, as well as violins and paintings from Italy, just to name a few, are dazzling visitors at the Belt & Road international exhibition area of the expo.

The four-day expo kicked off Friday in Nanning, the capital city of south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. With a planned exhibition area of 104,000 square meters, the expo has set up 5,400 booths in the venue.

Initiated in 2004, the annual expo is an important platform for promoting trade and bilateral relations between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

The current expo has had the participation of six sister cities of Nanning two more than previous years Paysand in Uruguay, Akita in Japan, Davao in the Philippines, Khon Kaen in Thailand, Crema in Italy and Provence in France.

Due to the COVID-19 epidemic, these cities were unable to send delegations to the expo, but they still mailed their local speciality products to it in an even larger number, allowing visitors to feel their unique culture.

This year’s expo combines online and offline forms for the first time with over 80 exhibitors from home and abroad participating virtually.