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City art shows celebrate Sino-French ties

THE “Amazing Shanghai” event was opened at Porte de Versailles in Paris last night to mark the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and France.

A Shanghai booth at the Paris Book Fair with a panoramic view of Shanghai, a Shanghai ballet adapted from the film “In the Mood for Love,” and a show of creative designs by Shanghai artists are some of the activities of the weeklong city image promotion event.

Deputy Party Secretary of Shanghai Li Xi and Chinese Ambassador to France Zhai Jun cut the ribbon for the opening.

Shanghai is invited for the first time as guest of honor to the Paris Book Fair, which is expected to attract about 200,000 visitors from around the world between March 21 and 24.

A circular wall will project "Shanghai 360 Degrees," a panoramic view of landmark buildings on both sides of the Huangpu River, in Paris. The photos were taken by German photographer Hans-Geog Esch.

The same photo display was a success at the Rockefeller Center in New York City last year.

Shanghai Ballet Troupe presented a ballet version of the film "In the Mood for Love" in Paris. The award-winning film was directed by Wong Kar-wai, a well-known Hong Kong film director.

The troupe will present eight ballet shows, including “The White Haired Girl,” to an estimated 15,000 French viewers.

The exhibition of creative designs by Shanghai artists is also held in the UNESCO headquarters in Paris.


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