Strengthening the Ties that Bind Two Nations
The 18th of February 2015 was a day of great celebration at Bangkok’s China Cultural Centre, where senior officials from both Thailand and the People’s Republic of China gathered to extend Chinese New Year greetings and enjoy a vibrant cultural display.
China and Thailand have forged a close diplomatic relationship over the last 40 years, and for 11 years the Tourism Authority of Thailand has been collaborating with the Chinese Ministry of Culture; these close ties have led to the founding of the China Cultural Centre, which played host to the celebrations that launched the Year of the Goat.
Both Thailand’s Minister of Tourism and Sport and China’s Deputy Minister of Culture were present at the event to offer their New Year’s greetings and there were many vibrant performances of traditional music, acrobatics, martial arts and dance, showcasing the rich cultural traditions of 10 provinces of China. These cultural displays were scheduled by the Ministry of Culture for the People’s Republic of China and will not just be showcased in Bangkok but will travel to five other locations in Thailand to be more widely enjoyed.
This combined celebration of the Lunar New Year is a clear sign of the developing bond between the two countries. The number of Chinese visitors to Thailand continues to grow apace, and it is to be hoped that the two nations will continue to collaborate in the fields of investment, trade and tourism so the bond they share will go from strength to strength.
iTravel was privileged to cover this colourful cultural celebration as part of our iTravel Exclusives series; stay tuned for more vibrant cultural festivals and events as we bring you exclusive access to all of the latest happenings in the beautiful Land of Smiles.