2018 Wudadao International Photography Biennale is held at the Minyuan Square in Tianjin during the Dragon Boat Festival public holidays. Part of the photos from Europe will be continuously exhibited in the ‘hi Europe Life & Travel Experience Arena’ for a month. The Bienniale is organised by Tianjin Heping District Government and the Tianjin Tourism Board, supported by the European Travel Commission under the banner of the 2018 EU – China Tourism Year.
Ten European destinations: Belgium, Latvia, Switzerland, Croatia, Iceland, Portugal, Denmark, Poland, Norway and Germany joined the exhibition to display their unique and diverse natural and cultural heritage to prospective Chinese tourists. In the three public holidays, more than 100,000 visitors from all over the world visited Minyuan Square and saw the exhibition.
As Mrs. Inese Liepina, vice president of European Travel Commission Beijing Operational Group and Deputy Head of Mission of the Republic of Latvia said at the opening ceremony of the exhibition on the 15th of June: “The aims of the EU-China tourism year 2018 are, among others, to use tourism to increase mutual understanding and trust, to encourage Europeans and Chinese to visit, discover and appreciate each other’s cultures and traditions. Photography is the best way to introduce our beautiful countries and to invite Chinese guests to visit them.”
This time, by close cooperation between the European Travel Commission and Tianjin People’s Government, 2018 Wudadao International Photography Biennale provided an emergent platform for European countries to promote less-known destinations to Chinese and bring Chinese tourists one step closer to Europe. An increased cooperation in cultural and people-to-people exchange between Europe and China has further been promoted through this event.
A continuation of the collaboration under the framework of EU-China Tourism Year 2018, between the European Countries and Tianjin’s government is welcomed by both sides.