Chinese culture presented in Moscow ahead of city day

13:24, September 05, 2010      

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by Xinhua writers Hai Yang, Wei Lianglei

Majestic Shaolin martial arts, graceful tea arts, exquisite embroideries ... a magnificent and exotic feast of Chinese culture was presented to Muscovites on the eve of the 863rd anniversary of their city day.

Some 500 people from the Russian government and other sectors enthusiastically embraced the unveiling ceremony of the Chinese Culture Festival that kicked off on Friday night at the Central Gallery in Moscow.

Twin dragons made of Chinese blue and white porcelain, a full display of Peking opera masks and musical instruments, one panda standing upon a globe together with one bear ...the Central Gallery that sits on the bank of the Moscow River has been fully decorated with colorful lanterns in traditional Chinese style.

At the square in front of the gallery, martial arts and dancing performances by artist groups from China's Henan and Guangdong won waves of applauds and exclaims from the audience, who kept hailing: "Bravo! Kharasho!" while clapping in craze.

In fact the show was brought to a climax when an unexpected technical glitch shut down all the music and stage lights. No one left because of the disruption, instead, all the people started to cry even louder accompanying the artists' dancing rhythm, pushing the entire show to a successful end.

After the opening performances, the people went into the gallery to enjoy a wonderful show of Chinese traditional tea arts and embroidery, as well as modern design and animation arts. Many of them were amazed and tried to keep the beauties in their memories by cameras and videos.

One university student in advertising design named Nastia said she was deeply impressed by the distinctive characteristics and rich culture content of the Chinese animation.

"I am very looking forward to experiencing the splendid Chinese culture some day in person," she said.

Yang Zhijin, Chinese Deputy Cultural Minister who led the Chinese delegation to visit Russia, told reporters that the Chinese Culture Festival, as an important event within the framework of the Year of Chinese Language in Russia, aimed to showcase a traditional and vigorous modern China to the Russians.

During the festival that runs until Sept. 10, the artists will also celebrate Moscow city day along with Muscovites, while paying visits to other Russian cities such as Samara and Togliatti, said Yang.

Chinese Ambassador Li Hui believed that the cultural festival will definitely promote exchanges and cooperation between Chinese and Russian cultural industries.

Source:Xinhua

(Editor:梁军)

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