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Speech by Consul General Wang Xinping at the Opening Ceremony of the ILLUMINASIA, Lantern & Garden Festival of Calgary Zoo

President Clement Lanthier,

Honorable MLA Graham Sucha,

Distinguished Guests,

Ladies and gentlemen,


It's such a pleasure to participate in this Official Launching of IlluminAsia, which will, for the coming 50 days, transform the Calgary Zoo into a garden of lanterns at day, and a sea of light at night.

Lantern making and lantern festivals are fine representatives of traditional Chinese culture, and Zigong City of Sichuan Province is the flag-bearer of that trade. I'm happy that the Chinese lantern culture is contributing to IlluminAsia, which is a product of cultural exchange and interaction between the Asian and Canadian nations, and a display of craftsmanship.

Here I wish to commend the creative and perseverant spirit of the Zoo leadership, the delicate and artistic labor of the lantern makers from Zigong of Sichuan Province, and the financial contributions of Sinopec Canada and other companies.

I hope and believe that IlluminAsia will be charming

and a great success!

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