Photo Exhibition of the Chinese Maritime Silk Road Launched in Reykjavik of Iceland

On June 18, the Photo Exhibition of the Chinese Maritime Silk Road was launched in the City Hall of Reykjavik. The exhibition was co-hosted by the Chinese Embassy in Iceland and the Fujian Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism, and organized by the Fu Jian Museum, Icelandic Chinese Cultural Society and Northern Light Confucius Institute of University of Iceland. Chinese Ambassador Jin Zhijian and around 100 representatives from Iceland government, diplomats to Iceland, overseas Chinese and guests from all walks of life attended the opening ceremony.

In his remarks, Ambassador Jin Zhijian expressed warm welcome to all the guests at presence and sincere appreciation to all parties involved for their great support and efforts. He introduced history of the ancient Maritime Silk Road, elaborated on the significance and great achievements of the Belt and Road Initiative put forward by Chinese President Xi Jinping over five years ago. He pointed out that China and Iceland has maintained close cooperation in the fields of fisheries, marine resources and environmental protection, as well as Arctic affairs. The BRI has brought new opportunities for the practical cooperation between China and Iceland. On this promising platform, the two sides could jointly build the Polar Silk Road, open direct flight, lift connectivity to a new level, deepen economic and trade cooperation, enhance people-to-people exchanges and create a new era for better China-Iceland relations. The exhibition will inspire the audience with the most glorious past of the Maritime Silk Road, and arise their expectations for the bright future of common development and prosperity contributed by the BRI for the whole world.

The Chief Curator Wu Zhiyue of the Fujian Museum expressed his great wishes that the exhibition could enlighten and inspire the audience with new approach to build the 21-Century Maritime Silk Road in the new era of history. The Fujian Province would like to take this opportunity to share its culture, history, friendship and spirit of joy with the Icelandic people, and strengthen connectivity as well as economic and cultural exchanges between Iceland and China for further common development.

The 16-day exhibition stages photos of more than 200 pieces of cultural relics from 45 museums of 7 coastal provinces in China, which will present the audience with the unique charm of the Maritime Silk Road in Ancient China.