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Cultural artifacts of Mao’s birthplace on display in Kathmandu

Saroj Gautam

Hunan Culture Poster Exhibition 5

Kathmandu, 14 April (2019) – Mountains are no longer barriers. The increasing exchanges between the peoples residing on the two sides of tallest peak of the world Mt. Everest prove this fact.

The a month long ‘Hunan Culture Poster Exhibition’, with a thematic tag “Fascinating Hunan” that has kicked off in Nepal’s capital Kathmandu, on Saturday is the latest instance of this exchange.

The cultural exchanges between China and Nepal have increased of late. The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) seems to be bridging not only physical and digital developments but also the cultural aspirations of both sides.

Chinese ambassador to Nepal, Hou Yanqi while inaugurating the ceremony along with youth leader of Nepal Communist Party (NPC), Mahesh Basnet at Nepal Art Council at Babarmahal Kathmandu; highlighted the recent rise of cultural and other cooperation between two countries under BRI. She expressed the hope that the poster exhibition will offer an opportunity for Nepali people to gain deep insight into the rich and abundant history, culture and life style of Hunan.

Hunan Culture Poster Exhibition 3

Leader Basnet, while appreciating the rapid economic development of Hunan, expressed the hope that the exhibition would help Nepali people to understand cultural characteristics, ideals, lifestyle and nature of the Chinese people.

Hunan Culture Poster Exhibition 1

China Cultural Center in Kathmandu and Hunan Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism are joint organizer of the exhibition that aims to deepen cultural exchanges and promote cooperation between the two peoples.

“We want to play the role of window to the Nepali and Chinese people to know each other culturally and socially better”, said recently appointed new director of China Culture Center (CCC) Xiao Jiang.

CCC has expected that these posters will enable the Nepali people to better understand Hunan culture and will boost Hunan’s cultural image in Nepal. Hunan is birth place of Mao Zedong, the founding father of People’s Republic of China.

Hunan Culture Poster Exhibition 2

According to CCC director Xiao, after two-day display at Art Council, the posters will be kept on show in China Cultural Center, located in Maharajgunj Kathmandu till May 12.

All photos by Saroj Gautam