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Chinese New Year, marked in Bucharest

Bucharest joined the ranks of the world’s great capitals as festivities marked, on Saturday, in the Herastrau Park, the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Rabbit.


Attending the manifestations, the general mayor of Bucharest, Sorin Oprescu, held a speech, pointing out that the past year has been one of closer ties between Bucharest and Beijing, abounding in cultural exchanges and meetings with the Chinese partners. “Bucharest in particular has had, this year, the most active round of cultural exchanges with China since the signing of the 2005 twinning agreement with the City of Beijing and we’ve started turning our attention to other Chinese cities whose development models could provide an example for Bucharest,” Oprescu underlined. Last, but not least, he argued, by the joint efforts of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China and the Bucharest Mayor’s Office, specialists in infrastructure were brought together for consultations, so as to identify the fastest and most up-to-date ways to ensure more effective passengers’ and freight transport in the Bucharest area. The mayor added that the 2011 Spring Festival and the official entry into the Year of the Rabbit, according to the Chinese calendar, would be followed by a top-level Bucharest-Beijing meeting. “I sincerely hope this meeting will mark the strengthening of ties between our two cities,” Sorin Oprescu stated.


In turn, the Chinese ambassador in Bucharest, Liu Zengwen, appreciated the significance of manifestations marking the Chinese New Year in Bucharest. “This event has been organized for the first time in the Herastrau Park by the Chinese Embassy in Bucharest, alongside the Bucharest Mayor’s Office. The Chinese New Year is the most important Chinese festival. In traditional Chinese culture, the New Year feast is an important element of our nation’s spiritual heritage,” Liu Zengwen stated. The celebrations ended in style, with a fireworks display.

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