Since 2012, Perm regularly hosts open forums on the life and culture of the East. This year, China became the forum country. The guest of honor of Perm was Counselor-Envoy of the Embassy of China in Russia Gong Jiajia.
The forum was attended by entrepreneurs, politicians, students and schoolchildren. As part of the business program of the day, discussions were held on the possibilities of cooperation between Perm and Chinese business partners in the fields of tourism and education, on the development of traditional Chinese sports in Perm, and on the history of communication between the people of China and the Kama region. In the creative part, the guests of the forum attended Chinese language courses, a tasting of Chinese cuisine and a tea ceremony, calligraphy classes, a master class in Chinese medicine, and also watched the musical “Kolobok” in Chinese performed by students of Perm Gymnasium No. 2.
Gong Jiajia, Counselor-Envoy of the Chinese Embassy in Russia, confessed her love for Perm: “It is a great joy and honor for me and my colleagues to attend the opening ceremony of the forum. Before the trip, we did not know your city, but from the first moment of our stay we fell in love with Perm. There are wonderful, kind, hospitable people here. I sincerely hope that due to language and culture our peoples will become even closer and strengthen our mutual understanding and cooperation. ” Ms. Gong Jiajia also recalled that in 2018 the Confucius Class of Perm Gymnasium No. 2 was recognized as the best in the world.
Perm Mayor Dmitry Samoilov recalled the twin relations of Perm and Qingdao: “We are proud that we have a twin city in China – this is Qingdao. Over the years, many interesting events have held together our friendship. It’s nice that in the relations between the two cities an important role is played by the involvement of young people in it. ”
Photo: Mihail Kamenskih