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Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert Decorated in China Red In Celebration of the Chinese Spring Festival

On 16 February 2018, Chinese New Year’s Day, the Chinese Mission to the EU and the Chinese Embassy in Belgium held a lantern-hanging event at the Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert as part of the celebrations for the 2018 China-EU Tourism Year. Over 400 people participated, including Chinese Ambassador Zhang Ming to the EU, Chinese Ambassador Qu Xing to Belgium, Mr. Eric Philippart, Special Counsellor responsible for the China-EU Tourism Year from the European Commission, Ms. Marion Lemesre, Alderwoman of the City of Brussels, Mr. Alexandre Grosjean, Chairman and Managing Director of the Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, other guests from the EU and Belgium, as well as local residents, tourists, Chinese and foreign journalists.

The event was held in a festive and joyous atmosphere, with Chinese national flags and nearly 200 red lanterns bringing a new look to the gallery. A large lantern was jointly held up by Ambassador Zhang Ming, Ambassador Qu Xing, Special Counsellor Philippart, Alderwoman Lemesre and Chairman Grosjean, and was lifted to the top of the gallery to the jubilant tunes of traditional Chinese folk music. This was a symbolic gesture that bodes well for the coming year.

Belgian and Chinese artists presented lion dances, Chinese folk music, Shaolin martial arts and Sichuan-style mask-changing performances, winning cheers and applauses from the audience. The performances showcased the diversity and interaction of Chinese and European cultures.

The Galeries Royale Saint-Hubert, one of the oldest shopping arcade in the world, was build in 1846 right next to the Grand Place. The Chinese red lanterns will stay until 15 March.

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