Confucius Institute at Babeş-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania, celebrates 65th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Romania
On June 26th, 2014, the Confucius Institute at Babeş-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania held a series of activities to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Romania, including “Chinese Photo Exhibition: Shandong and Beijing”, the launch ceremony of the new book Panda Diplomacy in Romanian, etc. The Economic, Trade and Cultural Delegation led by Mr. Xia Geng, Vice Governor of Shandong Province, attended the celebration. Others who were invited to participate in the event included Mr. Bian Zhengdong, Director of the Education Office of the Chinese Embassy in Romania, Mr. Vakar Istvan, President of Cluj County Council, and several vice rectors and deans of Babeş-Bolyai University. The event was widely covered by Romanian press and television stations.
Vice Governor Xia Geng and Rector Acad. Prof. univ. dr. IOAN-AUREL POP cutting the ribbon together for the Photo Exhibition
Vice Governor Xia Geng having cordial talks with teachers and students of the Confucius Institute
The Economic, Trade and Cultural Delegation led by Mr. Xia Geng visited the Confucius Institute at Babeş-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca. At the library and the self-learning center of the Confucius Institute, Chinese Director Feng Shaozhong showed the delegation the modern equipment and software donated by Hanban for experiencing the charm of Chinese culture. He also made a report about the Institute’s student recruitment and its promotion of Chinese cultural activities in recent years. Mr. Xia Geng held cordial talks with teachers and students of the Institute, and highly praised their work, “Your Confucius Institute runs very well!”
Then, the delegation went to the main venue of the celebration, attended the opening ceremony of the Chinese Photo Exhibition and cut the ribbon for it. At the ceremony, Mr. Xia Geng, Rector POP, and Director Bian Zhengdong delivered passionate speeches. They praised the Confucius Institute for having trained a large group of Romanian young people who understand Chinese language and culture and who are friendly to China and love China. They also thanked the Institute for its contributions to the promotion of educational and cultural exchanges as well as economic and trade cooperation between China and Romania. Mr. Xia Geng also broke to students of the Institute good news that Shandong Provincial Government would provide more government scholarships for the Confucius Institute.
Vice Governor Xia Geng presenting DVDs to the Confucius Institute
Students from a secondary school teaching site of the Confucius Institute performing the Chinese dance Rhythm of Silks
Group photo of guests who attended the celebration for 65th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Romania
Soon afterwards, students from a secondary school teaching site of the Confucius Institute performed their self-choreographed Chinese dance and Romanian dance. Their exquisite dancing skills won bursts of applause. After the performance, Mr. Xia Geng presented many DVDs of television series to the Confucius Institute, such as Stories of China, A Bite of China, and Red Cradle. After the opening ceremony of the Chinese Photo Exhibition, the Confucius Institute held a launch ceremony for Romanian journalist Dan Tomozei’s new book Panda Diplomacy.
The Photo Exhibition held by the Confucius Institute was divided into three parts: “Cultural Landscape of Shandong”, “The Night in Beijing”, and “Scenery of China – Beijing”. It displayed all together over 70 photographs by famous Chinese photographers Hou Heliang and Zhang Huibin as well as Romanian photographer Dan Tomozei. Among them 15 works are two meters long and 0.8 meter wide. Chinese and Romanian photographers used different perspectives to present the Romanian public the beautiful natural scenery and cultural heritage of China. The photos would be on display for two weeks.