Kunming, China was under the spotlight on Thanksgiving, November 26, 2015 in the United States as Macy's Thanksgiving Parade presented for the first time, the spectacular scenery of Kunming and the richness of Chinese ethnic culture.
Kunming, known as "the City of Eternal Spring" for its pleasant climate and flowers that bloom all year, was portrayed vividly on a float at the 89th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City before 3.5 million people during the parade and over 50 million on television.
Kunming Officials and Chinese ambassador Zhang, Qiyue attended the Chinese traditional opening ceremony before the official kick-off of the parade.
The float, 'Stone Forest from Kunming: China-A Natural Wonder in the World,' was presented by the Sino-American Friendship Association (SAFA) in conjunction with Macy's and supported by the Kunming Tourism Development Committee and the Kunming Stone Forest Scenic Area. It was a delicate replica of Kunming's UNESCO heritage site.
The marvelous Stone Forest was showcased in the center with Chinese decorations as the float welcomed Macy's delighted parade goers along the route for its blend of Eastern and Western cultures and urged people around the world to visit Kunming.
Atop the float was a troupe of performers, including flag dancers waving the flags of famous tourist sites in Kunming, as well as a dance group of 70 Chinese and American performers dressed in Chinese traditional costumes. Chinese costumed nationals representing Kunming, joined millions, including those watching via television and around the world, in cheering the float on.
"Through showcasing such a wonderful float: 'The Stone Forest of Kunming, China' at the 89th Macy's Thanksgiving parade, I believe Americans will be able to know the beautiful natural landscape of China as well as understand its rich culture and tourism resources," said the Consulate General of the PRC in New York, Ambassador Zhang, Qiyue. "2016 will be the China-U.S. Tourism year. Kunming used its unique way to celebrate this great festival with people in the U.S. and around the world. We look forward to more cultural exchanges."Students from Evangel Christian School said they had a great time learning traditional Chinese dance, and would love to learn more Chinese culture.
The Kunming float also was lauded by Governor of New York State Andrew M. Cuomo; Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio; US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Joseph Crowley who all gave their best wishes for a wonderful Thanksgiving and a remarkable success in future endeavors for Kunming and China-US relations.