“Experience China in Kyrgyzstan” Program and Unveiling Ceremony of “China Pavilion” at Bishkek Humanities University Held

[Source]    Confucius Institute at Bishkek Humanities University [Time]    2019-06-28 17:10:23 

On June 10th, the “Experience China in Kyrgyzstan” program and the opening ceremony of the “China Pavilion” at Bishkek Humanities University were held in Bishkek. The inauguration was jointly hosted by the Chinese State Council Information Office and the Bishkek Humanities University and undertaken by China Intercontinental Communication Center.

More than 500 people attended the event including Kudaiberdieva Gulmira Karimova, Minister of Kyrgyzstan Ministry of Education, Musaev A.I., President of Bishkek Humanities University, Wang Xiaohui, Executive Deputy Head of the Publicity Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC), and Du Dewen, Chinese Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan.

Group photo

In his speech, Wang Xiaohui addressed that China and Kyrgyzstan established a comprehensive strategic partnership in 2018 which opened a new chapter in their mutually beneficial cooperation. Bishkek Humanities University has long supported the construction of the Confucius Institute and made great achievements in the field of humanities, playing an active role in promoting the educational and cultural exchanges between the two countries, and based on this profound cultural heritage and philosophy of opening education, the State Council Information Office of China cooperated with the University to build the “China pavilion”. The building is equipped with more than 2,000 kinds of quality books and audio-visual products introducing Chinese economy, politics, culture, society, ecological environment, and technology, together with a large amount of digital resources, which open an important window for Kyrgyzstan people to understand and perceive China comprehensively and a high-end platform for mutual academic and cultural exchanges between the two countries.

Wang Xiaohui delivering a speech

Kudaiberdyeva pointed out that it was of great significance to hold the opening ceremony of the “China pavilion” on the occasion before Chinese President Xi Jinping’s upcoming visit to Kyrgyzstan and that the Confucius Institute has been run in Kyrgyzstan for more than 10 years and has played an important role in spreading Chinese language, culture and history. Meanwhile, she believed that through the pavilion, a brand project of cultural exchanges between the two countries, their friendly cooperative relationship will be lifted to a new height.

Kudaiberdyeva delivering a speech

Musaev delivering a speech

Musaev said that “China Pavilion” is a wonderful and precious gift, through which young people of the country could be exposed to and learn more about Chinese culture. “I hope President Xi’s visit could bring the cultural exchanges between the two peoples to a new level,” he added.

After the speech, Kudaiberdyeva and Wang Xiaohui together unveiled the “China Pavilion” at the university. Zhang Yanbin, Director of the Foreign Affairs Promotion Bureau of the State Council Information Office, signed a joint construction agreement of “China Pavilion” with Musaev.

Unveiling ceremony

In this activity of connecting China with Kyrgyzstan, programs with Chinese features including Kun Opera, ventriloquism, guzheng and new zither performances, and face-changing were performed. In addition, interactive exhibitions of intangible cultural heritage like “Silk Youth – ‘Belt and Road' Youth Image Exhibition”, “Charming Beijing Image Exhibition”, ancient color tricks, rubbings, paper-cut, color sculpture, medicinal incense, and the like were put on. All these presented a colorful and unique Chinese cultural audio-visual feast for the people of Kyrgyzstan. At the same time, Kyrgyzstan’s traditional dances were also performed at the event, forming a friendly artistic atmosphere of bilateral interaction and communication, and effectively promoting cultural exchanges between the two countries.

Kun Opera “Dreaming in the Garden”

In the afternoon, the Confucius Institute at Bishkek Humanities University held the unveiling ceremony of the “Belt and Road” Traditional Chinese Medicine Science Acupuncture Joint Education Base at the “China Pavilion”. Qin Xiaoguang, Director of the Chinese Traditional Chinese Medicine Science Center in Kyrgyzstan, was invited to give a lecture on “Traditional Chinese Medicine Science Culture”, which attracted many teachers and students.

Qin Xiaoguang giving a lecture

“China Pavilion” is a brand project of the State Council Information Office aimed to introduce China and promote cultural exchanges between China and foreign countries. It is usually established in places like the national libraries and famous universities of relevant countries. The “China Pavilion” at Bishkek Humanities University is the 19th and the largest of its kind in the world. With the approval of the Bishkek University of Humanities, the Confucius Institute at the university will be responsible for the daily management of the pavilion.

Story by Sun Liqun; photo by Ding Qiang