An Evening of Chinese Culture " A series of events in New York to promote Chinese Culture
"A Celebration of Chinese Culture" promotion on the center LED screen in Citi Field
"Beautiful China Tour • Brilliant Chinese Night" is the theme of the 2015 eighth annual "An Evening of Chinese Culture." The event was held at the New York Mets Citi Field on Saturday, July 25th with the baseball team, bringing Chinese tourists and fans as well as a Chinese cultural performance for the American audience. The series of activities were co-organized by the Sino-American Friendship Association, Cimagine Media Group LLC, Sino-American Culture and Arts Foundation, American Major League Baseball (MLB) New York Mets, and the China National Tourism Office(CNTO) in New York.
Consul General Zhang, Qiyue kicked off the game
As the opening of the eighth "An Evening of Chinese Culture" series of activities, "Beautiful China" tourism promotion video was featured in the middle of the big screen. Consul General of The Chinese Consulate General in New York, Zhang Qiyue was invited as the guest of honor to give a kickoff of the game. She and the President of the Sino-American Friendship Association, Peter Zhang gave their support for the activities of the China National Tourism Office in New York, by presenting the Director Xue Yaping a "US-China Relations Special Contribution Award". Additionally, Consul General Zhang Qiyue, U.S. Congresswoman Miss Grace Meng, Director Xue Yaping, "An Evening of Chinese Culture" event president Margaret Lam, and Li Li, President of Cimagine Media Group LLC, and Executive Vice President of Sino-American Friendship Association were awarded the "U.S. China Harmonious Contribution Award" by the New York Mets baseball team, in appreciation of their contribution to promoting cultural exchanges between the United States and China.
Li Liyan (first from left), Guan Xinguo (third from left), Mets Senior Vice President David Newman (forth from left), Ron Kim (fifth from left), Peter Zhang (sixth from left), Consul General Zhang Qiyue (seventh from left), Director Xue Yaping (eighth from left), Michael DenDekker (seventh from right), Margaret Lam (sixth from right), Hersh Parekh (forth from right) and Li Li (third from right)attended the press conference
Recipients of the "U.S. China Harmonious Contribution Award"
Consul General Zhang (third from right) and SAFA President Peter Zhang (third from left)
presenting the "US-China Relations Special Contribution Award" to Director Xue, Yaping (forth from the left)
“Beautiful China”tourism promotion video repeatedly displayed on the center screen of the Citi Field
Event staff setting up the exhibition station
China-themed tourism exhibition station distributing Chinese tourism materials to audiences
At the entrance, the organizers handed out Chinese tourist souvenirs and brochures as gifts to the audience. Many fans appreciated the gifts. Not only did they enjoy the evening and a wonderful game, but also appreciated the opportunity to learn Chinese culture. They all wish to travel to China one day! It is worth mentioning that there were many Chinese fans who came here to attend the "U.S. China Youth International Culture Festival”. They were also invited to "An Evening of Chinese Culture". For most of them, this was their first experience of American professional baseball game and many were thrilled to have this opportunity. After the game, there was an hour exciting performance from the legend rock band Heart.
The Presidnet of Cimagine Media Group, Ms. Li Li said that this year's "An Evening of Chinese Culture" event has a variety of wonderful interpretations in the form of beauty and culture. To promote Chinese culture and beautiful scenery, as well as the cultural exchanges between China and the U.S., they hope this event will successfully capture American's attention to Chinese tourism. Tourism has become an important part in China-U.S. cultural exchanging . With the theme of "Beautiful China Tour • Brilliant Chinese Night", this event presented beautiful Chinese scenery, rich history and cultural heritage, so that the American people can understand Chinese culture. The eighth consecutive "Evening of Chinese Culture" event has received strong support from the U.S. government and organizations, as well as the congratulations from U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio.
Enthusiastic audience in Citi Field