NEW DELHI, Aug. 29 (Xinhua) — Tourism plays an important role in promoting mutual understanding between our two peoples and enhancing bilateral relations between China and India, said Counselor of Chinese embassy in Delhi Zhu Xiaohong on Wednesday at an event to promote tourism in China‘s Hangzhou city.
“China–India relations is so important that our two countries could not afford to isolate one from the other. Amity between the people was the key to the good relations. Tourism plays an important role in promoting mutual understanding between our two peoples and enhancing bilateral relations between China and India,” said Zhu.
“Hangzhou is the best tourist destination in China. Out of the total 4 million foreign tourists who visited Hangzhou last year, over 34,900 were from India, which was an increase of 9.92 percent over the preceding year,” he said while inviting the Indian tourists to his hometown.
“Some professionals propose that the name of China had originated from ancient India language Sanskrit word which is related to silk,” he said in a bid to strike age-old commonality between India and China.
The glittering event was sponsored by Hangzhou Municipal People’s government. Among those who attended it were Indians from the tourism industry, government officials from the tourism ministry, besides Chinese embassy officials.
“Both are fascinating destinations, both countries have cultural diversities and historical warm relations, and travelling distances are short and hence package tours could be more economical,” he said.