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Leshan Giant Buddha of Sichuan Province China Takes Center Stage at Citi Field

 

New York, August 15, 2016-With the 2016 US-China Tourism year in full swing, both the United States and China are carrying out closer cultural exchanges than ever before. On August 12th over 40,000 American audience members flocked to the Citi Field baseball stadium in the New York metropolitan area to witness the New York Mets take on the San Diego Padres for Friday evening's baseball game. In addition to the baseball game, fans had the opportunity to experience "An Evening of Chinese Culture" to learn about Chinese culture and discover travel opportunities in China. This year marked the ninth consecutive year the New York Mets baseball team has partnered with the Sino-American Friendship Association to hold US-China cultural events at Citi Field.

During "An Evening of Chinese Culture" one of China's greatest historical, cultural, and scenic wonders, the Leshan Giant Buddha, from the western province Sichuan, China was showcased on site to provide American citizens with a greater understanding of China, its ancient culture, and international travel opportunities to the far east.

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New York City mayor, Bill de Blasio extended his endorsement of the Sino-American Friendship Association's active involvement in promoting mutual understanding and cultural exchange between the United States and China.  He noted in the greeting letter: “In honor of the 2016 U.S.-China Tourism Year, tonight’s event provides New Yorkers of all backgrounds with the opportunity to discover more about the Leshan Giant Buddha in China.” United States Senator Charles E. Schumer also sent a greeting letter: “An Evening of Chinese Culture” has been the most influential and largest Chinese cultural celebration since its inception in 2009. The event provides all kinds of audiences a unique opportunity to enjoy a live baseball game while experiencing a multi-cultural extravaganza.”      

Since its inception in 2009 “An Evening of Chinese Culture” has been the most influential and largest Chinese cultural celebration on the east coast of the U.S. It has been a great success, with a full audience of over 28,000 Chinese and Americans and with the participation of multiple organizations in NY, NJ, CT, and PA.