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Xinhua News Agency, Acapulco, Mexico, November 25th Newsletter: Feel the cultural exchanges between China and Mexico from the "Chinese Ship" Art Festival

Xinhua News Agency reporter Wu Hao

"As early as hundreds of years ago, the Pacific route had connected Mexico and China. After seeing the photo exhibition held during the 'Chinese Ship' Art Festival, I really want to visit China." Acapulco, Mexico Resident Antonio Perez told the Xinhua News Agency reporter.

The 16th "Acapulco 'Chinese Ship' Art Festival" was recently held in Acapulco, a Pacific port city in southern Mexico. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Mexico. The Chinese embassy in Mexico cooperated with the art festival again. Through activities such as photo exhibitions, Chinese film weeks, and dragon and lion dance performances, the Mexican people can experience the oriental culture from the other side of the ocean. Cultural exchanges have enhanced mutual understanding and friendship between the two peoples.

Perez was deeply attracted by the photo exhibition "The Beauty of Ancient Chinese Royal Palaces" held during the art festival. He said that the carving art on ancient Chinese buildings is exquisite, which reminds him of the stone carvings of the Aztec civilization; the traditional Chinese lion dance is as energetic as a jaguar; " and other Chinese films vividly tell Chinese folk stories.

In 1565, the first "Manila galleon" from the Philippines arrived in Acapulco, Mexico, opening up a trans-Pacific trade route between Asia and America. Since then, this kind of ship has traveled between Acapulco and Asia, and often stops in Fujian, China and other places to load and unload cargo. When going to Mexico, because most of the goods on board are Chinese goods, the Mexican locals are used to calling them "Chinese ships".

"Acapulco 'Chinese Boat' Art Festival" was founded in 2007 and is sponsored by the Acapulco Municipal Government. The art festival is marked by "Chinese Ship" and mainly invites Asian, European and Latin American countries to participate. This year's art festival held various activities such as exhibitions, cultural performances, film screenings, lectures, forums and interactive workshops.

At the Maritime Museum in Acapulco, the curator Marcelo Adano is carefully cleaning the "Chinese ship" model that took several months to make. He told reporters that back then, the "Chinese ship" was fully loaded with cocoa, coffee, pepper, silver, corn and other goods, and set off from Acapulco to Asia, and then shipped porcelain, silk, spices and other commodities back to the Americas.

The mayor of Acapulco, Abelina Lopez, believes that the transoceanic route of "Chinese ships" is a catalyst for economic and cultural exchanges between Europe, the Americas and Asia.

It was through this Pacific port that Chinese porcelain was reinvented in local styles in Mexico, and jalapeños enriched Chinese food culture. Through Acapulco, Chinese handicrafts and other products were also transported to many other regions in South America.

Although the "Chinese ship" stopped sailing in the 19th century, more exchanges between China and Mexico started in Acapulco. In 2015, the hospital ship "Peace Ark" of the Chinese Navy successfully completed its visit to the Port of Acapulco and its local medical services. In recent years, Chinese players have actively participated in the Mexican Open held in Acapulco…

"'China Ship' is a ship of peace and a ship of integration that carries economic, trade, cultural and artistic exchanges." Zhuang Lixiao, Cultural Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Mexico, said in a speech at the opening ceremony of this art festival that China is willing to work with Mexico to , taking the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries as a new starting point, carry forward the spirit of the "Silk Road", and continuously deepen exchanges and cooperation in various fields.

(Editors in charge: Liu Jieyan, Yang Mu)

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