BRI NEWS Terracotta Warriors exhibition kicks off in New Zealand

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Terracotta Warriors exhibition kicks off in New Zealand

Xinhua

20:14, December 20, 2018

The National Museum of New Zealand recently launched an exhibition of Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality.

The exhibition features eight warriors standing 180 centimeters tall, and two full-size horses from the famous terracotta army, as well as two half-size replica bronze horse-drawn chariots.

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The Terracotta Warriors (File Photo: VCG)

Also on display are more than 160 works of ancient Chinese art made from gold, jade and bronze.

"The terracotta army represents a pinnacle of ancient Chinese art and civilization, and is one of the eight wonders in the world. And the exhibition offers an excellent opportunity for New Zealand to be exposed to the ancient Chinese civilization," Wu Xi, China's Ambassador to New Zealand, the Cook Islands and Niue, said at the opening ceremony of the exhibition.

"It is a highlight of the people-to-people exchanges between China and New Zealand. And it also is a prelude to the 2019 China-New Zealand year of tourism," the ambassador said.

"In many areas, China and New Zealand have comparative advantages that complement each other. So, it is fair to say that with the ongoing development of China's economy and deepening cooperation in Belt and Road Initiative, the future of China-New Zealand relations will remain strong.

"We hope China and New Zealand will continue to enhance mutual understanding and trust through more cultural and people-to-people exchanges, and practical cooperation to bring more benefits to both peoples, and to contribute to the peace and prosperity in the region and beyond," she added.

Speaking at the event, New Zealand Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis said: "New Zealand's relationship with China is one of our most important and far-reaching relationships, based on mutual benefits and mutual respect.

"This important relationship is much more than selling things to each other and today's exhibition is a great example of cooperation in other areas."

"The Terracotta Warriors exhibition is a cornerstone of the New Zealand program for the 2019 China-New Zealand year of tourism, and the year of tourism is going to focus on increasing the quality of experiences in both directions.

"The exhibition will encourage more New Zealanders to continue the journey to engagement and understand China, one of our most important partners," Davis added.

The exhibition runs through April 22.

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