Lasting for 5 days, the event “Guangdong in the Eyes of Mainstream Media from Countries along the Maritime Silk Road 2015” came to end on April 30.
During the tour, 58 representatives of mainstream media from countries along the maritime Silk Road visited municipal leaders, historic relics, culture facilities, and enterprises in Guangzhou, Dongguan, and Foshan, witnessing the cities’ development from diverse aspects.
This trip is amazing, said Ronald M. Mutie from Kenya who travelled the first time in Guangdong and found development of cities is astonishing. With knowledge about the Reform-and-Opening-up of China, he said it’s amazing to see “how cities managed in 30 years to grow into such big cities, strong economies, and still keep fast developing.”
As for old friends on the maritime Silk Road, the trip is a reminder of friendship as well as enlightenment of future cooperation. “The trip helped me to think positively about what we can do,” Gaya Sri Gamage from Sri Lanka said. He believes that the development pattern of China has set a good model for many countries.
Riaz Ahmad from Pakistan quoted a proverb in Urdu language, if you want to gain knowledge then travel to China. He thanked Guangdong provincial government and China Radio International for organizing this trip because “China has special meaning for Pakistan people as China and Pakistan have been good friends in the history.”
As the starting point of ancient maritime Silk Road, Guangdong has strong cultural connection with countries along the old trade route. For media representatives, the display of the abundant and profound culture resources will be an important part of their reports.
Coming from Indonesia, Gita F. Suharsono has stayed in Beijing for 2 years as reporter of Net TV. During this trip she gathered a myriad of material for her coverage. She told newsgd.com that she has already got the video clips ready and made cultural chapters as “Ancient Museums in Guangzhou, Nanhai Temple in Guangzhou, and Places to visit in Guangzhou.”
With great progress in economic growth, Guangdong has also great emphasis on eco-environment. It has left deep impression on representatives.
Another participant in the tour, Md Nurul Islam from Bangladesh expressed his appreciation to China’s environment. It was the first time he came to China where all streets are very clean, and roads are well organized.
“Rather than sport shoes and other things my friends asking me to bring from China, the experience is what I really want to bring back to Africa,” Mutie said. He praised cities in Guangdong for being very “livable” as he saw trees everywhere in town. “I think they are good examples for African cities’ future development.”
Travelling in Guangzhou, Donguan, and Foshan within three days, foreigner media representatives were fulfilled with what they saw and what they heard.
Deeply touched by the development of Guangdong, Gamage even wrote, “I am a happy man because I have seen China.”
Many of them still feel the trip was not enough. Rafael Cana from EFE wishes that there would be more time for him to explore Guangdong.
Many representatives have expressed strong willingness to return to Guangdong to participate in the 2015 Maritime Silk Road EXPO that is coming in this October.