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The China-Denmark Tourism Year ends

06.12.2017  12:06

The China-Denmark Tourism Year came to an end in a grand closing ceremony on the 5th of December at the Royal Danish Theatre in Copenhagen.

His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, patron of the Tourism Year, and Chairman of China National Tourism Administration, Li Jinzao, were both present and gave speech about thriving people-to-people contacts between the two countries.

HRH Crown Prince giving speech

“It is through travelling that we encounter new people and cultures. It is while travelling that we exchange thoughts and ideas with strangers,” the Crown Prince said in his speech, and continued, “It is through travelling that we get a better understanding of each other – of our differences and also of our similarities.”

More than 1,300 guests from both China and Denmark attended the ceremony and experienced the traditional Chinese folk concert “Spring Sai Bei” performed by the Folk Orchestra of Heilongjiang Song and Dance Theatre. Danish band Shotgun Revolution performed the song “I want to go to China”.

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Celebrations in Copenhagen and Odense

Besides the Crown Prince and Chairman Li Jinzao, speeches were also delivered by Minister of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs Brian Mikkelsen, and Chinese ambassador to Denmark Deng Ying.

Brian Mikkelsen - Dansk-kinesisk turismeaar

The celebrations continued on the 6th of December in Odense, where The Crown Prince also participated. Odense is the hometown of fairy tale master Hans Christian Andersen, and on this occasion the world famous writer, who is well known to both Danish and Chinese readers, was celebrated for his 150th anniversary as honorary citizen of Odense.

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Denmark Days in China

The two-day celebration in Denmark marked the end of the journey of the China-Denmark Tourism Year. The opening was marked in February with an event in Beijing.

The year has also been celebrated with the so-called “Denmark Days” – a number of exhibitions in China about Denmark – which were held on three occasions during the year. The first of these events were in Hangzhou in March, where the Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Anders Samuelsen, participated.

Two months later it was the Danish Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen who visited Chengdu to participate in the local “Denmark Day”.

Pandas for tourism year closing

In September the Day took place in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, where The Crown Prince and world badminton champion, Viktor Axelsen, participated to promote the cooperation along with both Danish and Chinese companies.

Although the official tourism year has come to an end, many tourists have visited Denmark, as well as bilateral exchanges and cooperation will continue and shine just as bright in the future.