Qimen County, Huangshan City, Anhui Province, China, hosted a tea party where tea lovers from home and abroad exchanged views on tea culture, tourism development and cultural exchanges. Diplomats and guests from Costa Rica, Tunisia, Fiji and Bulgaria attended the event.
Qimen is the hometown of the world-famous Keemun Red Tea, which won the gold medal at the Panama Pacific Universal Exposition in 1915. After watching the traditional tea ceremony, Costa Rica’s Ambassador to China, Alfredo Ortuño Victori, said the tea ceremony is not just a ritual, but a symbol of hospitality, friendship and respect.
“Sharing a cup of tea transcends cultural and linguistic differences and connects us on a human level,” he noted.” In a world where cultural diversity enriches our lives, it is vital to promote cultural exchange and friendship among nations.
Participants also talked about the ancient Silk Road, which was an important route for the trade of commodities such as tea and the spread of culture among countries along the route. Many SCO member states have traveled the ancient Silk Road, which historically facilitated trade between Eurasia and connected different cultures and civilizations, said SCO Secretary-General Zhang Ming. The “Shanghai Spirit” advocated by the SCO of mutual trust, mutual benefit, equality, consultation, respect for diverse civilizations and pursuit of common development is highly compatible with the spirit inherited from the ancient Silk Road.
The Tea Party, hosted by the People’s Government of Anhui Province, the People’s Government of Huangshan City, and the World Knowledge Publishing House, aims to carry forward the excellent traditional Chinese culture, and to promote the exchange of civilizations and mutual understanding between China and foreign countries.