A Grand Opening Ceremony for the “Beautiful China” Photography Exhibition Held by the Confucius Institute in Trinidad and Tobago

[Source]    Confucius Institute in Trinidad and Tobago [Time]    2014-04-14 16:17:52 

At 10:00 a.m. on February 17, 2014, the Photography Exhibition on the theme of “Beautiful China”, which was organized by the Confucius Institute at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus, was launched at the University Exhibition Hall. This exhibition was open to the public from February 17 to February 21, which was just several days before the official state visit to China by Madam Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, starting on February 24th, 2014. This event was greatly supported by the Embassy of the People's Republic of China to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and got full cooperation from UWI, St. Augustine Campus.

Ambassador Huang Xingyuan and Prof. Clement Sankat, Principal of UWI, St. Augustine Campus, cutting the ribbon at the opening ceremony

Mr. Huang Xingyuan, Chinese Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago, attended the opening ceremony and delivered a speech. He stated that this year marked the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Trinidad and Tobago. This cultural activity organized by the Confucius Institute was a fitting way to celebrate the occasion and created a happy and peaceful atmosphere. He expressed his hopes that the Institute would become a focal point for the study of Chinese in Trinidad and Tobago, as well as a window to a better understanding of China, a platform for deepening mutual understanding, and a strong link between the two countries. Principal of UWI, St. Augustine Campus, Professor Sankat, in his remarks, praised the tireless dedication and unremitting efforts of the Confucius Institute team and congratulated on their achievements. He stated that the Confucius Institute is gaining an increasing influence at UWI, St. Augustine Campus through varied and colorful cultural events that enrich campus life. At the same time, the Institute is also an important platform which brings infinite vitalities and opportunities for future development of UWI. He made a special mention of the UWI’s co-operation with China Agricultural University in areas of agriculture and food science, which would enable not just the university but also the country to grow and develop. Also in attendance at the opening ceremony were well-known members of the local Chinese community, deans, heads of departments and professors within the university, and the Confucius Institute staff.

Sixty high-quality works of photography were on display, which showcased various different aspects of modern China, from breathtaking natural scenery to iconic Chinese cultural symbols—the Great Wall, giant pandas, paper-cuttings, New Year customs and martial arts— to scenes reflecting the vibrant daily lives of Chinese people. These photographers, through their camera lenses, showcased to the people of Trinidad and Tobago and ethnic Chinese and overseas Chinese in local communities the beauty of China’s rivers and mountains, cultural customs and social life, and the great achievements that China has obtained in recent years

Mr. Zhao Rensong, an overseas Chinese who attended the exhibition opening ceremony, said, “I’m really happy to see photos from my home country here. It warms my heart to see the traditional culture of my homeland. I take great pride in its success in development.”

Ambassador Huang introducing a photograph to Professor Sankat

Confucius Institute Secretary explaining photographs to the audience (Newsday)

The exhibition, since its launch, has been attended not only by staff and students of the university and the general public, but also by groups from primary and secondary schools in local communities. Many viewers left enthusiastic comments in the exhibition’s guestbook:

“An excellent exhibition!”

“China is so fascinating.”

“I’d love to go to see it for myself.”

“I really love China.”

“I hope to see more exhibitions like this in the future.”

The exhibition was reported and covered by important domestic and international media, such as Xinhua News Agency, Trinidad and Tobago’s C News TV Station, Guardian and Newsday.