(Xinhua) -- As a part of Sino-Egyptian celebrations
of Chinese New Year, dozens of Egyptians and Chinese gathered on
Saturday at Royal Mohamed Ali Club in Giza province, near Cairo,
to watch dragon boats racing on the Nile River.
The event was organized by Egyptian
Friendship Association - Hong Kong, China-Egypt Friendship
Association and the Chinese Cultural Center in Cairo.
In addition to dragon boat racing, the
event also featured dragon dance, delicious Chinese food and
other fun activities for children.
“Such events provide both Chinese and
Egyptians with a way to deepen our mutual understanding and
strengthen our friendship,” Chinese Ambassador to Cairo,
Song Aiguo, told Xinhua during the event.
The ambassador said China is keen to
introduce Spring Festival culture to the world, adding that
Chinese Dragon Boat Festival will be held again in June.
“By this event we will conclude this
year’s ‘Happy Chinese New Year’ series celebration events,
but I see this as just a new beginning of cultural
communication,” he explained.
Meanwhile, Ehab Gouda, co-founder of
the Egyptian Dragon Boat Academy and one of the event
organizers, said that he joins this celebration every year to
share new year festival with his Chinese friends.
“This is very important not only to
spread the Chinese culture in Egypt, but also to introduce
our culture to the friendly Chinese people,” he said.
As the race started, guests were
encouraged to cheer on the teams, which paddled on excitedly in
search for victory.
“It is very interesting event...I have
attended many Chinese-related events in Egypt, but dragon
boat contests are always the best for me,” Hend Hassan,
Project Development Consultant, told Xinhua as she
encouraged an Egyptian team.
She said that these events bring
happiness to the hearts of the Egyptians who have started to pay
special attention to Chinese celebrations in Egypt in the past
After upgrading the relations between
the two countries to a “comprehensive strategic partnership” in
2014, cultural exchange has been at its peak as artists,
cultural and musical delegations have exchanged visits.
Through such cultural moves, Egypt and
China want to boost friendly ties and enhance mutual
understanding and future development between the peoples of the
two nations, whose relations have deep roots back in history.