Chinese Cultural Symbolic City Project
The Briefing Hall of the Information Office of the State Council
This Press Conference announced the Design and Plans for the Chinese Cultural Symbolic City to be located at the birthplace of Confucius in Shandong Province.
The total cost is expected to surpass 30 billion yuan (about $4.2 billion U.S. dollars). Construction is expected to begin before 2010.
This major project was approved by China's President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao. It is designed to highlight the importance of Chinese civilization to the world.
"The overall layout of the Symbolic City will combine three concepts in which historical and cultural resources will be protected, improved and integrated." Jiang Daming, Governor of Shandong Province.
"Construction of the Symbolic City is not only a project of Shandong and China, but China's gift to the whole world." Xu Jialu, Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress.
Elizabeth B. Wang, President of the Chinese Cultural Foundation has been involved with this project since 2001 as Member of the Committee of Experts and as a Consultant to the Organizing Committee of Chinese Cultural Tie Project.
Elizabeth B. Wang, President of the Chinese Cultural Foundation proudly reading a Letter of Congratulations from Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor of the City of New York:
"On behalf of all New Yorkers, I commend the Chinese Cultural Foundation and everyone involved with the Chinese Cultural Symbolic City Project for helping Chinese men, women, and children share their culture with their friends throughout the five boroughs and around the world."
Michael R. Bloomberg
Zhou Tienong (right), Vice Chairman of the National Committee of CPPCC and Zhai Weihua (left), Vice Chairman of the Publicity Department of CPC Central Committee announcing the opening of the official website of the Chinese Cultural Symbolic City: www.ccsc.gov.cn
The event was chaired by Mr. Li Qun, Member of the Standing Committee of CPC Shandong Provincial Committee, Director General of Publicity Department of Shandong Province, and Deputy Director General of Shandong Provincial Planning and Construction Commission of Chinese Cultural Symbolic City. More than 300 people attended the event including representatives from all the major world news agencies.
H.E. Xu Jialu (speaker), Vice Chairman of the National People's Congress and Director General of the Expert Advisory Committee of Chinese Cultural Symbolic City; H.E. Zhou Tienong (center on the right), Vice Chairman of the National Committee of CPPCC; Mr. Li Jianguo (third on the left), Secretary of CPC Shandong Provincial Committee and Chairman of the Standing Committee of Shandong Provincial People's Congress; Mr. Jiang Daming (third on the right), Vice Secretary of CPC Shandong Provincial Committee, Governor of Shandong Province; and Dr. Tsang Hin-Chi (second on the right), Member of the NPC Standing Committee, Honorary Vice Chairman of All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce and President of Goldlion Holdings Ltd.
Confucius (551 B.C.- 479 B.C.)
International Confucius Cultural Festival
Qufu, Shandong, China
Ambassador Zhang Weichao (above center and on the right pictures), Vice Minister, Office of Overseas Chinese Affairs of the State Council, Chairman of the Chinese Language Education Fundation and Vice President of the Chinese Cultural Tie Committee delivering a personal message from China’s President Hu Jintao during the International Confucius Cultural Festival.
Elizabeth B. Wang (above left), President of the Chinese Cultural Foundation joined Ambassaor Zhang Weichao and Mayor of Qufu at the Chinese Cultural Symbolic City Press Conference in Qufu, the birthplace of Confucius.
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