Sichuan-Hong Kong cooperation week kicks off

By Yuan Fang
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Photo by Tian Wei/Sichuan Daily 

On August 21, at the Star Ferry Pier, Central Hong Kong, as six musicians played a song, a group of people dressed as giant pandas showed up in a “panda flash mob” and attracted locals and tourists to pose for a picture with them.

The activity was part of the Sichuan-Hong Kong Cooperation Week which started the same day.

Besides the“flash mob,” there was also a panda bus touring Hong Kong along three classical tourist loops, stopping at terminuses and transfers where people dressed as giant pandas got off the bus, interacted with and handed out Sichuan’s delicacies and doll pandas to locals and tourists.

The two activities will take place every afternoon from August 21 to 24 during the Sichuan-Hong Kong Cooperation Week.

“I’ve been to Sichuan many times, visiting Chengdu, Emei Mountain, and so forth,”said a local citizen surnamed Cheng as he sang quietly to the iconic music of Sichuan and Hong Kong played on the scene.

Golden Bauhinia Square was the second stop of the panda bus tour. The moment the people dressed as giant pandas got off the panda bus, they were encircled by tourists.

“Welcome to Sichuan,” shouted Zhou Lingxi, a child from Chengdu now visiting Hong Kong, along with his family.

Tourism is a major area of cooperation between Sichuan and Hong Kong. Sichuan, known for its fascinating natural views and local cuisine, has always held appeal for Hong Kongers.

In 2016 alone, the number of Hong Kongers visiting Sichuan rose 9.72 percent year on year to 404,000. In the first half of 2017, the number was 186,000, up 5.87 percent year on year.

Meanwhile, Hong Kong attracted a large number of tourists from Sichuan, with 160,000 arrivals in 2016.

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