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Contributor: PR Newswire Asia (China)
Monday, April 12 2021 - 18:16
Culture Cities of East Asia 2021 Showcases the Charm of Dunhuang
DUNHUANG, China, April 12, 2021 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

Over 20 activities highlighting a major historic and cultural landmark on the 
ancient Silk Road were unveiled at the opening ceremony of Culture Cities of 
East Asia 2021 on April 9 in Dunhuang, northwest China's Gansu Province. The 
opening ceremony was part of a year-round cultural exchange initiative between 
China, Japan, and the Republic of Korea (ROK).

"East Asia Capital of Culture" is an important measure to implement the 
consensus reached at the trilateral leaders' meeting and has become a flagship 
brand for cultural exchanges among the three countries, said Zhang Xu, Chinese 
Vice Minister of Culture and Tourism.

In 2020, Shaoxing and Dunhuang in China, Kitakyushu in Japan, and Sunchon in 
the ROK were designated as the Culture Cities of East Asia 2021.

Gansu will work with other culture cities of east Asia, upholding the spirit of 
"peace and cooperation, openness and inclusiveness, mutual learning and mutual 
benefit" to promote regional development and world peace, said Gansu Vice 
Governor He Wei.

Shimizu Fumio, Japan's Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary in 
China, said he expects the cities of Culture Cities of East Asia to carry out a 
variety of cultural exchanges activities to make new contributions in promoting 
mutual understanding among the three countries.

Kim Byungkwun, the Consul General of the ROK in Xi'an, China,  said this year's 
Culture Cities of East Asia uphold the valued concept of respecting the 
cultural diversity of China, Japan, and the ROK while promoting cultural 

Four exhibitions, including the China-Japan-ROK Dunhuang Cultural Exchange 
Exhibition, will showcase replicas of traditional Dunhuang mural art, as well 
as high-tech exhibits like 3D-printed sculptures and high-fidelity digital 

Dunhuang played a key role in Silk Road history, influencing China's East Asian 
neighbors' culture and history. The Temple of the Flourishing Law (Horyu-ji), a 
Buddhist temple in Japan's Nara Prefecture, was adorned with Buddhist murals 
styled after the Dunhuang murals in China. There are also poems in the Dunhuang 
Manuscripts describing the visit of a prince from Silla named Kim Gyo-gak, who 
became interested in Buddhism when visiting China during the Tang Dynasty. 
Since the 1950s, Dunhuang art has been exhibited in Japan and the ROK many 
times. The three countries have maintained exchanges and cooperation in 
cultural relic protection technology and talent training.

SOURCE  Gansu Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism

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   Caption: The opening ceremony of China Dunhuang Event Year