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Caoyang center woos foreigners

Putuo District yesterday opened the city’s first community-level reception center for foreign group tourists in Caoyang where they can experience local taste and culture.

The center has a reception room and traditional art exhibition center that will introduce international tourists to the daily life of the local people.

Foreigners will learn to make dumplings, visit a wet market and get to see traditional song and dance performances.

“With the opening-up and reforms, it’s a chance to invite them over and let them experience what ordinary people’s lives are like here,” said Zhang Hongbin, an organizer of the “One Day as Caoyang People.”

A guide will first introduce visitors to the Caoyang residential community.

Residents will then give a traditional song and dance performance followed by a qipao fashion show.

They will then be taken to check out the wet market.

For lunch, the visitors will join local families for an authentic Shanghainese meal. They will also learn to make dumplings stuffed with pieces of chopped pork and vegetables.

Host families will get all the ingredients and then teach their international visitors.

Caoyang has a long history of entertaining international guests. In 1952, it was the first “new village” in Shanghai that opened up to the outside world.

For the past 60 years, it has received more than 300,000 people from more than 150 countries. Some of them are officials and public figures but most are ordinary people who want to get to know the Chinese people. Each year, 7,000 to 8,000 people visit the community.



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