Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony of Chinese Pavilion Held at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
On 28 April, Mr. Pan Xinchun, Chinese Consul General, attended the official unveiling ceremony of the Chinese Pavilion at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Rt Hon Frank Ross, Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh, Chairman of RBGE's Board of Trustees Sir Muir Russell, RBGE's Regius Keeper Mr. Simon Milne, representatives from Chinese communities and friendly organizations also attended the ceremony.
In his speech Consul General Pan pointed out that pavilions are traditional Chinese buildings situated in gardens for leisure It is very meaningful to have a pavilion in Edinburgh and in particular at Royal Botanic Garden which maintains a long-standing collaboration with China. It demonstrates the growing relations between China and Edinburgh in recent years. He appreciated the effort and contribution made by Edinburgh Chinese Festival Community and other supporting communities. He believed that this beautiful pavilion will add a new attraction to the City of Edinburgh and become another symbol of friendship of our peoples.
Lord Provost Ross said that the RBEG enjoyed a long history of cooperating with Chinese botanic research institutions with remarkable achievements made from both sides. People-to-People exchanges between Scotland and China have reached a new height as Chinese culture sees a growing influence in Edinburgh. He emphasized that the Edinburgh-China friendship remains as strong and solid as this marble Pavilion. Mr. Milne paid tribute to the strong support by Chinese Consulate General in Edinburgh in promoting the collaboration between the RBGE and its partners in China. The Botanic looks forward to more outcomes from their joint studies with Chinese counterparts, and welcomes more Chinese tourists to visit the RBGE.
Before the ceremony, guests and visitors were entertained by both Chinese and Scottish musicians who presented traditional Chinese music with Chinese instruments, Lion Dance and traditional Chinese dance performed by the pupils from the Edinburgh Chinese Community School. The afternoon was also rounded off with music by Stockbridge Pipe Band. In the company of Mr. Simon Milne, Mr. Consul General and the Lord Provost toured the Chinese Hillside in the Garden.