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Gambia President Adama Barrow Visited China Red Sandalwood Museum

Pubdate:2017-12-26

President Adama Barrow of the Republic of the Gambia, on his first state visit to China at the invitation of President Xi Jinping, paid a special visit to the China Red Sandalwood Museum in the morning on December 22, 2017. Madame Chan Laiwa, Deputy Director of Committee of Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan Compatriots and Overseas Chinese of CPPCC, Curator of the China Red Sandalwood Museum, and Mr. Zhang Jiming, Ambassador Extraodinary and Plenipotentiary of the Peoples Republic of China to the Republic of The Gambia accompanied President Barrow during the visit.

 

Curator Chan Laiwa gave a bunch of flower to President Barrow.

 

When President Barrow arrived the Museum, Curator Chan Laiwa stepped forward to greet and gave a bunch of flower to President Barrow. Accompanied by Curator Chan, President Barrow first saw the Imitation of Gilded Throne Decorated with Dragon Patterns of Qian Qing Palace at the main hall. He took pictures in front of the Throne and tried to experience the feeling of sitting on the Throne. Curator Chan Laiwa gave President a mini Gilded Teakwood Model of Throne as a present.

 

Curator Chan Laiwa and President Barrow in front of the Imitation of Gilded Throne of Qian Qing Palace

 

Curator Chan Laiwa gave President Barrow a mini Gilded Teakwood Model of Throne as a present.

 

Afterwards, President Barrow and all the invited guests visited Main Hall with Red Sandalwood Furniture in Qing Style, Original Display of the Yangxin Hall (the Hall of Mental Cultivation), Traditional Bridal Chamber, Architectural Model of Red Sandalwood Sihe Yard, Architectural Model of Red Sandalwood and Buried Wood Yongding Gate of Old Beijing City, and many other collections. All the guests were attracted and fascinated by the collections in the China Red Sandalwood Museum, and they all took souvenir photos with mobile phones.

 

President Barrow appreciated the Architectural Model of Red Sandalwood and Buried Wood Yongding Gate of Old Beijing City.

 

President Barrow asked Curator Chan Laiwa about the origin and other details of the displayed items, and he praised, while gently stroked the wood furniture, They are gorgeous! They are so amazing! He told Curator Chan Laiwa that having known about the China Red Sandalwood Museum for a long time, he determined to schedule his time to come and see during his state visit in China, and the Museum truly deserved its reputation and gave a feast to his eyes.

 

Curator Chan Laiwa gave President Barrow a Huali Wood Root Carving Cabbage as a present.

 

During their meeting, Curator Chan Laiwa gave President Barrow a Huali Wood Root Carving Cabbage as a present. Cabbage (pronounced as Bai Cai in Mandarin) is homonym to millions of wealth in Chinese, implying a wish of earning plenty of money. This present was given to wish Gambia, led by President Barrow, growing prosperity. President Barrow said that although Gambia is a small country in West Africa, it is rich in resources, especially the forest resources, among which the largest part is hardwood similar to red sandalwood. He welcomes Curator Chan Laiwa to pay a visit to Gambia, and he promises to give her a high standard of reception. President Barrow left a comment with pleasure: Its a great honour for me to visit your museum.

 

Curator Chan Laiwa and President Barrow in front of the Red Sandalwood Model of Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest

 

Curator Chan Laiwa said, not long ago the 19th Communist Party of China National Congress has successfully concluded, and it has started the great journey of Chinas development in the new era. President Xi Jinpings Belt and Road Initiative development strategy has drawn a worldwide extensive attention. Gambia has a crucial regional advantage in West Africa, and is an important country along the Belt and Road. I hope to carry out exchanges and cooperation with you. I have never been to Africa before, but I do hope to bring our Chinese traditional culture of red sandalwood to Africa, to enable the Africans to feel and enjoy its profound charm in person.

 

President Barrow appreciated Red Sandalwood Model of Sihe Yard with great interest.

 

Mr. Ousainou Darboe, Minister of the Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Oveseas Gambian Affairs of Gambia, Mr. Amadou Sanneh, Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs of Gambia, Mr. Hamat Bah, Minister of Tourism and Culture of Gambia, Mr. Bai Lamin Jobe, Minister of Works, Transport and Infrastructure of Gambia, and Mr. Fafa Sanyang, Minister of Energy and Petroleum, accompanied with President Barrow, visited the China Red Sandalwood Museum. Mr. Chi Chungsui, Director of Beijing Red Sandalwood Culture Foundation, and Ms. Chiu Li, Board Director of Fu Wah International Group also accompanied during the visit.

 

The honoured guests took group photo in the Yangxin Hall.

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