Yahya ALEXANDRIA, Egypt (Xinhua) -- “Culture is a
fundamental human factor for enhancing cooperation between
peoples,” said Mohamed Sultan, governor of the Egyptian coastal
city of Alexandria, amid an ongoing exhibition of the intangible
cultural heritage in Shanghai, China’s most populous city.
Egypt and China were connected with
trade, economic and cultural ties over thousands of years,
Sultan told Xinhua while inspecting unique Chinese heritage
pieces being displayed in the Bibliotheca Alexandria.
The first session of the International
Tour Exhibition of Chinese traditional Fine Arts was opened on
Wednesday in the historical library of Alexandria.
Under the topic “Culture across
Ancient and Modern,” the Exhibition of Shanghai Intangible
Cultural Heritage in Daily Life, which will last until Aug. 27,
has showcased more than 130 pieces of artifacts including
Jinshan farmer paintings, Shanghai-style woolen tapestries,
Shanghai-style silk works, opera customs, jade and bamboo
carving works and other cultural heritage objects from Shanghai,
sister city of Alexandria for 26 years.
Shanghai will also host an Egyptian
Child Exhibition that will include drawings and paintings about
Alexandria on Sept. 23, Sultan noted.
Alexandria was a historical city where
the ancient Greek and Rome civilizations met and integrated with
each other, while the library itself was the meeting point for
the businessmen who traded on the Silk Road.
The Chinese exhibition shows the
strong, deep and historical relations between Egypt and China,
Huda Meqaty, deputy director of the Bibliotheca Alexandria, told
By holding the exhibition in the
library, which enjoys a high reputation as a cultural center
along the Mediterranean, China and Egypt have broadened the
Chinese culture to a new horizon, Meqaty said.
Meanwhile, the exhibition will
encourage the Egyptian youth to know more about their Chinese
peers through cultural communication, she added.
“Dialogue between young generations
from both sides is necessary to bridge gap between the two
peoples,” Meqaty explained.
Shi Yuewen, a Chinese cultural
counsellor in Egypt, said the mutual understanding between the
two countries isn’t sufficient because of geographic distance
There should be more active
communications between the two peoples through exhibitions
mirroring cultures and heritages, he noted.
The exhibition is divided into four
areas: “Life as painting,” “Gorgeous Brocades and Silk
Articles,” “Beauty in the Square” and “Elegant Melody.”
Watching the Jinshan farmer painting
“Golden harvest, return from fishing,” which was featured by
novel design, bright colors and simple shapes, Mahmoud Atta, a
22-year-old trainer in the Model African Union, said he was
“I was really surprised to see very
simple but sophisticated paintings that tell stories of the
daily life of people,” Atta said.
The performance of the folk music
players on traditional wooden instrument with their dazzling
dresses at the entrance of the exhibition was enough to envision
the beauty of Shanghai, he added.
Zynab al-Sayed, an 18-year-old high
school student, was taking selfie photo wearing Peking opera
Al-Sayed said she was so eager to know
about the Chinese culture, describing the exhibition as “the
best opportunity for getting closer to the Chinese.”
“I love the traditional musical
instruments Liuqin and Guzheng, which are similar to old
Egyptian musical instruments,” she said.