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Nanjing Fascinated by Arabic Charms

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Nanjing Fascinated by Arabic Charms

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    ArabnationsinChina,wasa

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    sikmificantculturaleventfollowingtheestablishmentofChina

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    MajoractivitiesofthefestivalwerepresentedinBeijingandastheonlylegbesidesBeijing, NanjinghostseverallargescaleperformancesofArabicsinginganddancingarts. PartvSecretaryofIiangsuProvinceLiYuanchao,GovernorLiangBaohuaandViceMinisterof

    CultureZhaoWeisuihadameetingwithseniorofficialsfromtheLeagueofArabStates, ministerialdelegationsfrom16Arabstates,13ArabicartgroupsaswellastheArabiournalists

    delegation.GovernorLiangsaid,"ItismygreatpleasuretObeheretodaywithSOmanvChinese

    andforeignfriends.BothChinaandArabnationsenjoylonghistowandbrilliantcultures.The exchangeandintegrationbetweenthetwOgreatcivilizationshaveleftvaluableculturalheritage

    alongtheSilkRoad.Iiangsu'SexchangeswiththeArabworlddatebacktOancienttimes.Inthe MingDynasty,greatChinesenavigatorZhengHeembarkedfromNanjingonhishistoricvoyage

    andvisitedMeccaandMedina.Today,wewelcomeartgroupsfrom22Arabstatestoshowcase theirdiverseandcharmingartsinBeijingandNanjing,whichwillremarkablvcontributetOthe

    friendshipbetweenChinesepeopleandArabpeopleandtheexchangeandcooperationinculture,

    economyandtrade."

    Afterthemeeting,leadersandofficials,togetherwithNanjingpeople,attendedtheopening ceremonyandwatchedthevarietvshow"NewCharmsoftheSilkRoad"jointlypresentedbvArab

    andChineseartists.

    Thevarietyshowwasiointlvstagedbvsome200artistsfrom13Arabnationsaswellas performersfromNanjingArtsTroupe.Theopeningsinginganddancingshow,entitled"loy",

    stratedthehospitalityofJiangsuandNanjingpeople.Followingtheopeningshowasthe )pera"ArabianNightS"bySyria'Sbestartgroup.FolkdancesandsongsfroI'FIQatar,Saudi andlordanbroughtoriginalArabicartstOtheChineseaudience.TheMorocco'Ssingingand zshowfeaturingthemixoftraditionalArabicmusicandmodernstreetdanceswerefresh tolocalaudiences.AgroupoflittleSudanperformersatagellwereplayingtheneck- acrobaticskillsofbalancing.AmaleperformerfromEgyptLidaFolkArtsTroupeplayed mcewithbriskrhythmsofmusicbeatsandmoveraroundinadazzlingspeed.Afterthe showwasover,ChineseandArabperformersioinedhandinhandandsangsamesongsand samedancestogethertOpraisethegreatChina-Arabfriendship.Othergroupsparticipating

    JarietyshowcamefromLebanon,TunisandAlgeriaetc..TheartsensemblefromSyria, lasan"invaluabletreasureinArab",touredFrance,IndiaandSingaporeandwonmany andhonorsininternationalartsfestivals.ThiswasthethirdvisittoChinabvthearts )1e.Theheadofthegroupsaid,"Chinaenjoysrichcultureandprosperousecononw.but epeoplearemoderateandkind.ThatismymostnoticeableimpressiononChina.''Talking aisimpressiononNanjing,hesaid,"Verygood.Wherever1went,I~,vasgreetedwithsmiles." )notedthattheirdancesdrewmuchinspirationsfromChineseculture."Forexample, there

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