The event "Days of Beijing in Belgrade"kicked off here on Saturday to present intangible cultural heritage and sights of the Chinese capital to local people.
The opening ceremony was held at the Kalemegdan medieval fortress in downtown Belgrade, which was attended by Mayor of Belgrade Sinisa Mali, Acting Mayor of Beijing Chen Jining and Chinese Ambassador to Serbia Li Manchang.
The two-day event included a photo exhibition named "Charming Beijing,"as well as the presentation of Chinese traditional culture, crafts and medicine. Several agreements will also be signed by institutions and companies of the two nations in different fields, which will be eyewitnessed by mayors of the two cities.
Chen said at the opening ceremony that the the friendly relations between the two cities was established in 1980 and Belgrade became the first European city that nourished those kinds of relations with the Chinese capital.
He added that Beijing has a rich history and is recognizable for its modern spirit, and the "Days of Beijing "can only present a small part of the city's history. But through it the Serbian people could understand the city better.
"I am glad that citizens of Belgrade will have an opportunity to get to know Beijing better," Mali also said, inviting people to the event.
Li termed the relations between two cities as a "sunny day without single cloud,"and predicted that many more tourists from Belgrade and Beijing will come to visit each other, and contribute to mutual exchanges.
Besides the exhibition and presentations, a friendly ice hockey match will be held between the teams of Beijing and Belgrade. A business forum will also be organized for a large number of businessman.
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