At the exhibition. Photo: Toquoc

The exhibition is jointly organized by the International Cooperation Department under Vietnam’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and Beijing People-to-People Friendship Association.

The opening ceremony was attended by Vietnamese Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Ngoc Thien, who is on an official visit to the country, Vietnamese Ambassador to China Dang Minh Khoi, and Chinese cultural officials, among others.

Addressing the ceremony, Tianyan, Permanent-Deputy-Head of Beijing People-to-People Friendship Association emphasized the two countries’ time-honored friendship on the basis of cultural similarities, including the traditional New Year.

She added that after the exhibition, the paintings would be introduced to Chinese people and other visitors at Beijing-based libraries, museums and Beijing-hosted festivals ahead the Lunar New Year to help them get a general view of the similarities and differences during Tet in Vietnam and China.

Director of the Vietnamese department Nguyen Trung Khanh said that the event is expected to help Vietnamese and Chinese people learn more about the significance of the biggest traditional festival of the two nations.

Through the event, visitors will see the similarities in cultural and historical values of Vietnam and China, which have helped consolidate the growing friendship between the two nations, Khanh said.

At the exhibition, visitors will have an opportunity to bring home Dong Ho folk paintings of Vietnam and paintings of the 12 animals of China.

The exhibition runs until January 15.

Source: toquoc.vn/VNA

Translated by Song Anh