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Chairman Li, Jinzao presenting the referee with the game ball    

     Before the Washington Wizards took on the Miami Heat for Saturday evening's basketball game a traditional Chinese lion eye dotting ceremony took place followed by a Chinese traditional lion dance and Kungfu performances across the basketball court at half time. The deep bass and energizing sound of Chinese drums served to celebrate this milestone event in US-China relations.


Chairman Li, Jinzao dotting the eyes of the dancing lion for the “Celebrating US-China Tourism Year 2016, Beautiful China Night” with special guests     


Group photo of VIP guests at the lion eye dotting ceremony 

    The event served to further establish Sino-US tourism as a path way to connect people around the world by learning and sharing each other's culture and traditions. "Beautiful China Night” became a major highlight of the game that night. Over twenty thousand fans came to experience the traditional American sport of basketball during the game.


"Beautiful China Night” signs displaying on scoreboard  


China tourism promotional video playing on the large LED display board throughout the game



"Beautiful China Night” signs displaying on surrounding LED displays


Traditional Chinese culture lion dance and Kungfu performances during half-time show



SAFA staffs distributed the gifts and T-shirts with Chinese elements in the stadium

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