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Minister Zhao Fei Attends the Completion Ceremony of the Restoration of Butterfly Lovers Pavilion at RHS Garden Wisley
2023-04-30 20:38

On 25 April 2023, Zhao Fei, Minister of the Chinese Embassy in the UK, attended and addressed the completion ceremony of the restoration of Butterfly Lovers Pavilion at RHS Garden Wisley at invitation. The ceremony was attended by more than 100 Chinese and British guests, including Clare Matterson CBE, Director General of the Royal Horticultural Society, Matthew Pottage, Curator of RHS Garden Wisley, Zhang Huijuan, Vice President of China Chamber of Commerce in the UK, and Caroline Wright,CEO of The Lord Mayor's Appeal.

On behalf of Ambassador Zheng Zeguang, Minister Zhao Fei thanked those who actively supported the Butterfly Lovers Pavilion restoration project, commending it as a symbol of cooperation as well as a witness to the traditional friendship between China and the UK. He briefed the guests on the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China and the Global Civilisation Initiative put forward by General Secretary Xi Jinping, and called for joint efforts of the two countries to advance cultural exchanges and mutual learning, deepen mutually beneficial cooperation, and promote the steady and sustained development of bilateral relations.

At the event, Chinese artists in the UK sang an excerpt from the opera "Butterfly Lovers" and performed a music piece "Butterfly Lovers" on the Chinese zither.

The Butterfly Lovers Pavilion, designed and built in China, was presented to RHS Garden Wisley after winning Silver-Gilt Medal at Hampton Court Garden Festival in 2005. China Chamber of Commerce in the UK helped to raise funds for the restoration of the pavilion through “ UK-China Charity Initiative”.

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