New York Mets Game Comes Alive With An Evening of Chinese Culture
The August 24, 2019 game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field in New York came alive Saturday night with Chinese culture.
The 12th annual "Evening of Chinese Culture," featuring "Discover China: Cultural Experience - The Charm of Tourism -- Chinese Culture and Tourism at the Mets," was a thrilling success. About 40,000 Mets fans enjoyed not only an exciting night of game but also a feast of the splendid culture and abundant tourism resources of China.
Ambassador Huang Ping and other honorable guests delivered remarks at a pre-game VIP reception and the CNTO representative made a vivid presentation, "China-Beyond Your Imagination" while the representative of Chongqing China introduced the Chongqing culture and tourist attractions.
Li Li, Executive Vice President of the Sino-American Friendship Association giving opening remarks to the event
Ambassador Huang Ping giving remarks
China’s culture and tourism showcased at the event
Peter Zhang, Preseident of the Sino-American Friendship Association presenting Extraordinary Contribution Award to Kuang Lin, Director of China National Tourist Office New York
Ambassador Huang Ping exchanging gifts with the Mets
Director Kuang Lin exchanging gifts with the Mets.
Chongqing culture and toursim showcased at the event
To promote Chinese culture and tourism and deepen the exchange between the U.S. and China, China National Tourist Office New York, (CNTO) along with the City of Chongqing, brought a Chinese exhibition to the game by showcasing Chinese culture and tourism at major entrances of City Field to fans. The Citi Field centerfield screen displayed the Chinese culture and tourism video, "China-Beyond Your Imagination" and the Chongqing campaign video, "A Tour in Chongqing, A Gain in Vision. A Land of Natural Beauty, A City with Culture Appeal. "
Ambassador Huang Ping presented the first pitch, marking the opening of the game in which the Mets played the Braves. Congresswoman Grace Meng; New York Governor Andrew Cuomo; Governor of Connecticut Ned Lamont and Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio also sent congratulatory letters to the event.
The event was also supported by Chongqing Municipal Commission of Culture and Tourism Development, the event committee member DMG Investments.
Ambassador Huang Ping presenting the first pitch, marking the opening of the game（Photo Credit: China National Tourist Office New York）
Ambassador Huang Ping taking photos with New York Mets players after the first pitch
The Mets presented the Spirit Award to Ambassador Huang Ping; Kuang Lin, director of CNTO; Margaret Lam, Event Honorary Chair of “An Evening of Chinese Culture;” Hou Ming, Head of North America and General Manager of New York Office of China Southern Airlines and Li Li, President of the Sino-American Culture & Arts Foundation in appreciation of their contribution to promote cultural exchanges between the United States and China
Ambassador Huang Ping, Mr. Kuang Lin, Mr. Peter Zhang, Ms. Li Li was interviewed by media
The Citi Field centerfield screen displayed the Chinese culture and tourism video
China culture and tourism showcased on the LED Screen
China National Tourist Office New York presented the award to the winner of two round-trip tickets between New York and Beijing
Chongqing culture and tourism showcased on the baseline rotational during the game
Fans are at the China culture and tourism booths
Grand Fireworks and concert at Citi Field after the Game