A giant panda eats bamboo. (Photo: VCG)
China's Sichuan Provincial government promoted its cultural and tourism resources in Israel's central city of Tel Aviv on Sunday.
Its rich history, beautiful landscapes and delicious food, which was introduced at the presentation with the topic of "Beautiful Sichuan, Home of Pandas," caught eyes of Israelis.
Peng Qinghua, secretary of the Sichuan Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China, said that the southwest province of Sichuan is rich and unique in cultural and tourism resources.
The province is charming for both Chinese and foreign tourists because of tea, bamboo, silk, beautiful natural scenery and colorful human landscapes as well, Peng added.
During the presentation, a photo exhibition with the theme of "Splendid Sichuan" showed Sichuan's traditional culture, arts, natural scenery and food.
The Israeli Ministry of Tourism has decided to invest resources in Sichuan in order to promote an exchange of delegation of tourism, culture, business, education, science and technology and more, said Amir Halevi, director general of the ministry.
Halevi added that Sichuan Province is known for its beautiful sightseeing such as Chengdu giant pandas research base, warm and lovely people, traditional culture and delicious and spicy food, such as hotpot.
People-to-people exchange is greatly helpful in further strengthening the relations between China and Israel, and tourism is one important part, said Dai Yuming, Minister-Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Israel.
Delegates from Sichuan Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism, Leshan municipal government, Sichuan Airlines also introduced Sichuan's cultural and tourism resources and products.
Chinese traditional "water sleeve" dance "Sichuan Beauty in Blossom" and Sichuan opera "Bianlian," also known as face-changing, were performed.
After the presentation, a China-Israel cooperative contemporary dance show "Gen" (Root), with the participation of both Chinese and Israeli performers, was staged in Tel Aviv which was co-created by Sichuan Province Song and Dance Theatre and Israeli choreographer Yoram Karmi.