To give a glimpse of the rich art, culture and tradition enjoyed by Sichuan, a Cultural Evening was held at DLF Place, Saket in Delhi on 9th April, 2016 post the conference held by Sichuan Tourism Administration on 7th April in the capital. The cultural evening, which was attended by guests and dignitaries from China and India, showcased the art and cultural performances by artists from China.
The performances at the cultural evening brought alive the rich culture and tradition enjoyed by various ethnic groups of China. Being inhabited by multiple ethnic groups with China’s largest Yi ghetto and the only place in China where Qiang ethnic group resides, Sichuan is known as “the Ethnic Corridor” of China.
Subsequent to the announcement of beginning of China India Tourism Year in India in January 2016, a move basis the decision jointly taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping to enhance tourism between the countries, a delegation from China and the Tourism Administration of Sichuan, one of the largest provinces of China held conference in New Delhi to boost tourism from India to Sichuan.
During the visit, Mr. Wang Ning, Executive Vice Governor, Sichuan remarked “In 2015, Sichuan gained total revenue of 62.10 billion Yuan from tourism, an increase of 27 percent. Now we are making efforts to build Sichuan as an economically powerful province and a world tourist base. Both India and Sichuan are fascinating tourism destination. Just like India, Sichuan has rich ancient heritage, cultural diversity and centuries old civilization which we take immense pride in. I am hopeful that the Conference will help Indian people better understand Sichuan and create a positive atmosphere for the tourism in Sichuan from India.”
Mr. Song Ming, Deputy Director General, Sichuan Tourism Administration also said “With its picturesque scenery, rich wildlife, unique religious beliefs, rustic folk customs and magnificent history, Sichuan is a magical land for traveller who feels after coming to Sichuan that living in utopia is no longer a distant dream.” He further added that “This visit is an important launching pad for us to boost tourism from India to Sichuan and is a precursor of an action plan that includes a number of incentives and trial measures for travellers as well as tour operators from India.”