More than ever the relations between China and the European Union are growing up !
So, from February 22d. till 28th., Brussels celebrated the « E.U.-China Tourism Year » with so beautiful different sizes’ lighted Chinese lanterns on the « Grand’ Place » and its surroundings, till the « Central Railway Station » !
Just before that the lights would go out in the European Capital, on the February 28th., one day being designed as the « E.U.-China Tourism Year Parliamentary Day », the E.U. Parliament hosted, so, one of the main activity organized under the structure of the « E.U.-China Tourism Year ».
Than Istvan Ujhelyi, Chair of Tourism Task Force, underlined : “Our legacy in the tourism sector will be judged by our actions during the current European transformation period hallmarked by Brexit and deep social, financial, and economic reforms.”
Vice President of « China-Europe Association of Technology and Economic Corporation », Pan Feng announces : “Innovation has become a very important power to the E.U. and China tourism. So, ‘CEATEC’ will develop an innovative business model to contribute in the ‘E.U.-China Tourism Cooperation Platform’.”
… And, first of all, never forget that the cooperation between our two institutions, Chinese and European, aims to promote the good practices and the sharing of knowledge and experiences on the ground. Now, it’s true that our authorities have to work to can offer, soon, only one single visa valuable for all the E.U. countries. Waiting for this, certainly, this « E.U.-China Tourism Year » provides a unique opportunity to increase the number of visits, promote sustainable tourism and stimulate investment opportunities for Europe and China… In 2017, 12 millions of Chinese tourists visited some counries of the E.U. … We expect two or three time more in 2018 ! …
In this hope and hoping that many European tourists will travel to China, this year, the Ambassy of China for the Kingdom of Belgium organize some more events in Belgium, in Han-sur-Lesse, Durbuy and Dinant. In this last city, we will have two events : outside, we will find the same Chinese lanterns as in Brussels, from Friday March 09th till April 2d, and in the City House, there will be one chinese masks’ exhibition, « Happy Heads ». Free entrance from Saturday March 10th till Monday April 2d, from Monday till Friday, from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m., on Saturday and Sunday March 10th and 11th, as well as on Monday April 2d, from 2 till 6 p.m.
Also, back in Brussels, we find, in the « Comics Art Museum », till Sunday September 9th, one really important exhibition – wich was opened by the Chinese Ambassador H.E. Song Zhe – about the Comics Strips in China, all the main teksts being translated in chinese and english, explaining us the chinese history of the Comics Strips, from the illustrated books, printed in the year 868 till their 21st century‘s Comics books, knowing that the first chinese Comic’s Heroe, Mr. Wang, started his adventures in 1929, the same year that « Hergé » (Georges Remy) created « Tintin »…
The « Comics Art Museum » is opened each day from 10 a.m. till 6 p.m. Entrance fees (including the permanent collection) : 3€50 (under 12), 7€ (12-25 years), 8€ (seniors from 65) and 10€ (adults). More informations on the web site www.cbbd.be.