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n, who came to the main venue of the festival on Thursday with four friends.
“We went to Thailand for a vacation last month. The beautiful sunshine and beaches there
are enchanting,” the 54-year-old Beijing native said. “Now, we have a second chance to experience its food.”
Yang Lin, 26, who described herself as a foodie, also went to t
he gala. “I love Korean food most, except for Chi
nese cuisine, and I’m happy that Beijing is holding such a big food exhibition.”
Xu Hejian, a Beijing official in charge of the event, said visitors can see how Asian food i
s made at the venue and sample various cuisines made by more than 200 food enterprises.
Wuyutai Tea is one of the companies.It’s a good opportunity for the younger generati
on to learn more about traditional Chinese delicacies and desserts,” said Chen Huaji, an employee. “Tea is
quite an important element of Chinese culture, and the exhibition offers a stage to show off the essence of Chinese food and Chinese culture.”
The volunteer team－led by Wu Liangliang, a security guard who has gained online fame for his fluent self-taught En
glish－has also been part of the site’s efforts to provide a more personal management style, in addition to the city go
vernment’s introduction of various measures, including a mobile app, to help tourists.
Larry Goodrich, from Seattle, who has been traveling with his wife
in the Yangtze River Delta for three weeks, lauded the volunteers’ contributions.
Having worked in the computer industry since “the era of brick-si
zed cellphones”, the 65-year-old said that while technology has provided unimaginable con
venience, traveling is about being a part of the destination and interacting with local residents.
“The human connection is always better,” said Goodrich.
four decades has been a blessing to not only our two countries, but the whole world,” said Cui Ti
ankai, Chinese ambassador to the US, in his remarks during the awards presentation.
“And the essence of the 40-year story is amity between the peoples, which lays the foundation for
and shapes the future of our relations,” he said, adding that the stories shared by peoples from the two cou
ntries through the My China Album series will always “be a source of inspiration and motivation for us”.
Hundreds of US citizens participated in the series from Feb 6 to April 19, sharing their personal stories about China thro
ugh photos and captions. Ten of the participants were recognized for their genuine and touching stories.
“I was so honored to win first place in this year’s My China Album,” said
Max Horne, an incoming Harvard University freshman who visited Yunnan province years a
go and studied the Naxi culture, a local ethnic group. “There’s endless culture for us to appreciate.”
tain a breakneck pace of economic development, which has brought booming economic prosperity.
Unfortunately, it has also brought a deteriorating environment. Seeing heavy smog, for ex
ample, many people feel that a worsening environment will destroy the happiness brought by economic growth.
Since 2012, the new leadership under President Xi Jinping has put forward a series of ecol
ogical ideas. On Sunday, Xi said at the opening ceremony of the exhibition that “green mountains and cle
ar waters are indeed mountains of gold and silver, and environmental improvement means great productivity”.
This idea, dubbed the theory of two mountains, enjoys immense popular support in China.
Xi, who is also general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party o
f China, urged officials at all levels never to sacrifice the environment for economic growth.