Li Jinzao Enjoys the NMC Exhibition “Roads of Arabia: Archaeological Treasures of Saudi Arabia”
On December 29, upon the invitation of His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul-Aziz, president of Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), CNTA chairman Li Jinzao visited the “Roads of Arabia: Archaeological Treasures of Saudi Arabia”, an exhibition co-hosted by SCTH and the National Museum of China (NMC), with the accompany of the Saudi Ambassador to China Turki Mohammed AlMadi.
Li congratulated on the success of the exhibition. He noted, “Saudi Arabia and China are two countries enjoying long history and splendid civilization. As early as more than 2,000 years ago, we were connected by the Silk Road spanning across the Eurasian Continent and our cultural exchange was promoted this way. This exhibition is an important achievement in cultural exchange between the two countries since the formation of bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership. I believe that the exhibition will allow more Chinese to learn more about the unique cultural resources in Saudi Arabia and broaden the prospects of China-Saudi Arabia tourism cooperation.”
Ambassador Turki said, “The friendship between China and Saudi Arabia has lasted for thousands of years. The decision to choose China as the first leg of the Asian tour of this exhibition shows how much we value our relationship with China. We should inherit and carry forward our long-lasting tradition of cultural exchange, continue to propel dialogue between different civilizations, strengthen cultural and tourism cooperation, enhance people-to-people exchange and elevate our bilateral relations to a new high.”
It’s learnt that the exhibition, scheduled to be staged at the NMC from December 20, 2016 to March 19, 2017, features 466 pieces (sets) of archaeological and cultural heritages which bore witness to the exchange and interaction between the local culture in Saudi Arabia and the eastern and western cultures. This exhibition has visited famous museums in France, Spain, Russia, the United States and Germany before bringing antiques of Saudi Arabia to mainland China for the first time.