China Pavilion of October
A scene of the China Pavilion at Expo Milano
Wang Jinzhen, Commissioner General of the China Pavilion
The 2015 Italy Milano World Exposition drew to an end on Oct 31. Fulfilling its mission, the China Pavilion was one of the most popular pavilions during the expo.
The China Pavilion won the bronze award in the self-built pavilion architecture landscape category and the first prize award for outstanding pavilion recycling, and was recognized as the second most popular pavilion of the expo.
On Oct 1, the China Pavilion solemnly celebrated the Chinese National Day. On the LED screen of the red wall stage of the pavilion, scenes of Tiananmen Square and the Temple of Heaven added to the jubilant and harmonious atmosphere of the day. Many visitors were attracted and took photos.
In October, the China Pavilion held a series of activities to demonstrate Chinese local culture and China’s development achievements. Guangdong Week, Shanxi Day and activities related to the Belt and Road Initiative drew special attention from the visitors. During the corporate days held by the China Corporate United Pavilion, the Cuilu Group, a jewelry enterprise located in Shenzhen, and the CRRC Co Ltd, a rail transit equipment supplier headquartered in Beijing, pushed forward Sino-Italian economic and trade exchange.
The pavilion also held the 2019 Beijing World Horticultural Expo promotion, the Sino-Italian photography culture forum, and the Silk Road cities gourmet week.
This month, the China Pavilion welcomed several distinguished guests who highly praised China’s achievements and the exhibits of the pavilion. They included Thai Prince Brisatej Rajan, Lithuania’s Minister of Agriculture and Food Rimantas Krasuckis, Italy’s Deputy Minister of Economy Pier Paolo Baretta, Laos’ Minister of Industry and Commerce Khemmany Pholsena, Shanghai’s Vice Mayor Jiang Zhuoqing, and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) Chairman Jiang jianqing.
From Oct 12 to 24, more than 1,000 primary and middle school students from the mountain areas of Guangxi, Yunnan, Sichuan provinces and Chongqing municipality “visited” the China Pavilion through the Internet. During the eight rounds of activities, the volunteers introduced the China Pavilion to these students face to face by webcam.
On Oct 29, an Italian woman, Anna, luckily became the 3 millionth visitor to the China Pavilion. Wang Jinzhen, the commissioner general of the pavilion, expressed his congratulations to Anna and sent some exquisite gifts to her and her daughter. Anna said she was very happy and admired the design of the China Pavilion very much.
On the afternoon of Oct 31, the closing ceremony of the China Pavilion and the summing-up conference of the Expo Milano were held, bringing their 184-day operation to an end.
During the past six months, the China Pavilion received 3.05 million visitors from China and abroad, held 20 province and city culture weeks and days and 10 corporation themed days, and showcased more than 1,000 intangible cultural heritage exhibitions and art performances.
It also welcomed 1,539 guest groups from 68 countries, among them state leaders, members of royal families, government ministers, and leaders of international organizations.
I believe the achievements of the Expo Milano will undoubtedly promote economic and trade cooperation between China and the participating countries, including the host country, Italy. They will also certainly contribute to food security and other aspects of international cooperation supporting human health.
We’re lucky to have shared the happiness of this pageant. The beautiful memories of wonderful experiences will last a lifetime. The end of Expo Milano means a new start. My sincere wish is that the charm of the World Expo will last forever, together with our friendships.
In 2017, the Astana Expo will be hosted by Kazakhstan; I’m looking forward to seeing you again!
Commissioner General of the China Pavilion
Vice Chairman of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade