Changsha a 'second home' for expats
The Changsha government organized a two-day discovery tour for a select group of foreign workers and students from Oct 28 and 29, to help them learn more about the unique culture and landmarks in the city.
A total of 56 foreigners hailing from 24 countries took part in the event, sponsored by the publicity department of Changsha municipal committee of CPC and Foreign and Overseas Chinese Affairs of Changsha Municipal People's Government.
The group visited local historical sites, innovation incubators, and art museums, gaining a better understanding of the city's history, culture and economic and social development.
Overseas visitors take photos at the entrance of Tanhe Ancient City, a park themed on the Western Zhou Dynasty (c. 11th century-771 BC) culture in Ningxiang county, Changsha. [Photo/icswb.com]
"We've personally felt the passion and enthusiasm of Changsha people, and also experienced the comfort and joviality the city offers," said Bonnie Krcmar, from North Carolina in the United States, who has lived in Changsha for more than two years.
"Changsha has perfectly integrated its traditional and modern elements," Bonnie added.
In Tanheli National Archaeological Park, where more than 2,000 bronze age artifacts have been discovered in the past years, the expats got a close-up view of the relics and gained an insight into the mystery bronze age culture in the Western Zhou Dynasty (c. 11th century-771 BC).
"Previously, my impression of Hunan province is always connected with Chairman Mao," said Liann Downers, a young man from Manchester. "The two-day tour in Changsha is truly an eye-opener.
"Changsha is an amazing place, abundant with profound culture. I would like to share its beauties with my friends," Liann said whilst snapping away with his camera.
Expats watch a performance featuring ancient Chinese culture, dating back to the Western Zhou Dynasty. [Photo/icswb.com]
In recent years, Changsha has been displaying increasing appeal to foreigners. Data from the Hunan tourism development committee shows that Changsha received approximately 202,800 inbound visitors in the first eight months of this year, up 6.36 percent compared with the same period last year.
"I enjoy the life in Changsha. It's full of vigor for innovation and entrepreneurship," said Hans-Georg Ackermann, a German who has lived in Changsha for 12 years and views the city as his second home.
Changsha has released preferential policies to attract talented personnel from both home and abroad. Hans-Georg is one of the applicants, saying that he hoped Changsha could deepen cooperation on technological exchanges with Germany.
It's the third time that such a tour has been held for foreigners in Changsha. The event showcases to expats a happy Changsha, a pivot city along the Belt and Road route and a key city in the Yangtze River Economic Zone.
Changsha, Hunan province capital, organizes a two-day tour for expats from Oct 28 to 29, to give them to get a better understanding of the city. [Photo/icswb.com]
Source: Changsha Evening News