MSRS Organized Quanzhou Cultural Exploration for 120 Students
A delegation consists of 130 members, including 120 secondary and university students, six teachers and instructors, embarked on the "Quanzhou – Maritime Silk Road Exploration" tour on 8 August. The four-day tour was organized by the Maritime Silk Road Society (MSRS) with an aim to help participants familiarize themselves with historic role played by the port city of Quanzhou in the development of the Maritime Silk Road, as well as the "Belt and Road" Initiative (BRI) by visiting the historical and cultural sites.
Mrs Regina Ip, Convenor of the Executive Council, LegCo Member and Co-Chair of Maritime Silk Road Society, is the leader of the tour; Prof Lau Chi Pang, Associate Vice-President of Lingnan University and LegCo Member, is the honorary advisor; Ms Susanna Chiu, President of Shanghai-Hong Kong Coalition of Professionals, is the advisor; Mrs Annie Ma, Council Member of Hong Kong Chinese Women's Club, is the special guest of the tour.
The tour was sponsored by Mr Lam Shu Chit, Honorary Chairman of Hong Kong Federation of Fujian Associations, supported by the United Front Work Department of the CPC Quanzhou Municipal Committee and received by the municipalities of Quanzhou, Jinjiang, Shishi and Nanan.
The tour covered historic spots such as Dadi Tulou Cluster which was inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage Site, Quanzhou Southern Shaolin Monastery and Kungfu demonstrations, Quanzhou Museum, Qingjing Mosque, Kaiyuan Temple, Sweet Dew Altar of Precepts, the Twin Pagoda, Shimao Maritime Silk Road Museum, Shishi Clothing Wholesale Outlet, Mani Cao'an Temple, Wudianshi Traditional Blocks, Zheng Chenggong Memorial Hall and the Island Ring Boulevard in Xiamen.
Speaking at the gathering on 9 August, Mrs Ip thanked the Head of United Front Work Department of the CPC Quanzhou Municipal Committee, Mr Liu Linshuang, and Deputy Head, Mr Zhuang Shaojin, and representatives from Quanzhou Overseas Friendship Association for their warm reception. She recalled her trip to Quanzhou with over 120 students in March 2016, when the MSRS was newly established. Bringing another batch of young students to Quanzhou seven years later held a special meaning to her. She also highlighted that this year marks the 10th anniversary of the BRI and Quanzhou as the starting point of the Maritime Silk Road and a renowned site on UNESCO's World Heritage List. She also anticipated that this trip would strengthen the bilateral relations of Hong Kong and Quanzhou and bring about more collaborative opportunities.
Please click here for interview with student participants on 10 August by Shishi Integrate Media Center