Events organised by Consulate General of India, Guangzhou
The Consulate General of India in Guangzhou is celebrating the 14th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas on 9 January 2017.
RBI has released guidelines regarding Extension of deadline for deposit of Demonetized banknotes at RBI ( Mumbai , Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata and Nagpur) for resident Indians abroad till 31 March and NRIs till 30 June 2017.
The Ministry of Tourism has introduced a 24x7 Toll Free Multi-Lingual Tourist Help Line to facilitate visits of foreign tourist visiting India.
International Day of Yoga
The 2nd International Day of India (IDY) in Southern China was celebrated in five cities jointly organized by the Consulate General of India, Guangzhou with the local Municipality governments and other Yoga Institutes.
Consulate celebrates 69th Independence Day of India in Guangzhou
The 69th Indpendence Day of India was celebrated at Guangzhou with unfurling of the Indian National Flag by Consul General Mr. Y.K. Sailas Thangal followed by reading out of Hon'ble President of India's address to the nation on the eve of Independence Day. Over 150 members of the Indian community attended the ceremony.
Meeting of Consul General Mr. Y.K. Sailas Thangal with Director General of the Guangdong Foreign Affairs Office on 7 August, 2015
Consul General of India Mr. Y.K. Sailas Thangal met Mr. Fu Lang, Director General, Foreign Affairs Office of Guangdong Province on 7 August, 2015. Mr. Fu Lang extended a warm welcome to Consul General on his arrival to Guangzhou. Consul General thanked Mr. Lang for receiving him and informed Mr. Lang that he looked forward to working in Guangzhou and hoped to add momentum to the growing relations between the two countries during his tenure in China. Thereafter, the two sides discussed various issues of mutual interest to India and China. Following the meeting, DG Mr. Lang hosted a dinner in honour of Consul General.
Participation of Carpet Exports Promotion Council of India at the Home Furnishing Expo 2015 held at Shenzhen from 7-9 August, 2015
Carpet Exports Promotion Council of India participated in the Home Furnishing Expo 2015 held at Shenzhen from 7-9 August, 2015. Consul General Mr. Y.K. Sailas Thangal visited the India Booth on 7th August, 2015 and delivered a speech at the opening ceremony of the Expo. He also met representatives of the Organizing Committe of the Expo.
Exhibitors at the India Booth displayed a variety of Indian carpets showcasing intricate designs and patterns from different parts of India. Visitors at the Expo showed keen interest in the carpets on display at the Indian booth and highly appreciated Indian workmanship.
First India-China (Guangzhou) International Day of Yoga event on 21st June, 2015
To commemorate the First International Day of Yoga on June 21, 2015, the Consulate General of India Guangzhou in association with Guangzhou People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (GPAFFC) organized a mega event titled ‘India- China (Guangzhou) International Day of Yoga’ on June 21st, 2015 at Guangzhou Polytechnic of Sports, 338 Changxing Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou.
The event was attended by senior officials from Guangzhou People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, Guangzhou Foreign Affairs Office, Guangzhou Municipal Government and members of Diplomatic Corps and yoga enthusiasts belonging to different countries.
The opening ceremony started with the lighting of the lamp by the Chief Guest, H.E. Mr. Zhou Xiaoyi, Vice Chairman, Guangzhou People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries and Mr. Tarun Kumar, Consul (Visa & Tourism) from the Consulate and included screening of Hon’ble Prime Minister of India’s message on the occasion of First International Day of Yoga and a short video entitled ‘Yoga-Harmony with Nature’ in Mandarin language.
The event conducted in four different sessions included demonstration and workshops on different forms of Yoga by prominent yoga gurus based in Guangzhou. An Indian classical Odissi dancer Ms. Lisa Santhanam enthralled the audience with her performance during the event. In between the sessions, tourism promotion videos from various States in India were screened. Between 300-400 yoga enthusiasts participated in each session of the event. The event was also covered by media including Guangzhou Daily and Yangcheng Evening News.
First India-China(Kunming) International Day of Yoga event on 21st June, 2015
First India-China (Xiamen) International Day of Yoga event on 21st June, 2015
To commemorate the First International Day of Yoga, Consulate General of India, Guangzhou in association with Xiamen University organized India-China (Xiamen) International Day of Yoga at Xiamen Medical University campus on 21st June, 2015 from 1400-1730 hrs. Xiamen Medical College Student Union and Zhuma Yoga Institute based in Xiamen supported the event.
Dr. Bipin, Dr. Arif and Dr. Ma, Professors from the Foreign Department of Xiamen University were Chief Guests during the event. More than 250 participants attended the event which included artistic yoga shows by both Chinese and Indian yoga teams, free yoga sessions, Indian cultural performances and a talk on benefits of yoga. A video titled ‘Yoga- Aligning the Source’ was also screened during the event.
The event received overwhelming response from the students, teachers and guests who attended the event with immense enthusiasm.
Inauguration Ceremony of International Yoga Festival in Dujiangyan on 17th June, 2015
The opening ceremony of the 1st India-China (Chengdu) International Yoga Festival was held in Dujiangyan on 17th June 2015. The five-day Yoga Festival, which will have its finale on 21st June, the International Day of Yoga, is organized by the Consulate General of India, Guangzhou, in partnership with the Chengdu Municipal People’s Government and the Dujiangyan Municipal People’s Government.
During the Festival, 20 renowned yoga masters belonging to different schools of yoga from India and abroad will conduct yoga workshops and practice sessions. About 700 avid yoga practitioners from all across China will be participating in the yoga workshops, in addition to thousands who would be attending the yoga demonstrations and other activities connected with the Festival. There will also be Indian and Chinese cultural shows.
Some of the leading yoga masters conducting sessions during the Festival are Mr. Sharat Jois and Mr. Mark Robberts (Ashtanga yoga); Mr. S. Sridharan and Mr. V. Srinivasan (Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram), Mr. O.P. Tiwari and Ms. Sandhya Dixit (Kaivalyadham), Mr. Bharat Shetty (Indea Yoga), Mr. Nataraj and Ms. Anisha Manjeni (Sivananda Yoga), Ms. Ashivina Balakrishnan and Ms. Kinnari G. Jivani (Isha Hatha Yoga) and Mr. Zubin Zarthoshtimanesh (Iyengar Yoga).
The opening ceremony of the Yoga Festival included showing of video on yoga and speeches by Mr. Ashok K. Kantha, Ambassador of India to China, Mr. Fu Yonglin, Vice Mayor of Chengdu Municipal People’s Government, and Mr. Zhang Yusong, Secretary of the CPC Committee of Dujiangyan City.
In his speech, the Ambassador referred to the Resolution passed by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in December 2014 with the co-sponsorship of 177 member countries, including China, declaring 21st June as the International Day of Yoga. He said that, in accordance with the Resolution, the Indian Embassy and the Consulates in China will be organizing Yoga Day events in over a dozen cities across China. Such initiatives are meant to promote an active dialogue between the cultures of India and China which have interacted and mutually enriched each other for over 2000 years. He also referred to the large and growing popularity of Yoga in China and how it resonated with China’s own traditions like taichi.
The Vice Mayor of Chengdu, Mr. Fu Yonglin, referred to the historical and cultural ties between China and India and expressed his appreciation for organizing the Yoga Festival in Dujiangyan which will bring the peoples of India and China closer together. He also remarked that Indian and Chinese civilizations have interacted in a harmonious manner for over two millennia. The two civilizations have learnt from each other and interacted with each other.
Mr. Zhang Yusong, Secretary of the CPC Committee of Dujiangyan, expressed optimism that the Yoga Festival and such activities will reinforce friendly ties between India and China.
The opening ceremony included a cultural performance by ICCR-sponsored Indian cultural troupe Shankarananda Kalakshetra, led by Ms. Ananda Shankar Jayant, cultural performances by Chinese troupes, yoga and taichi demonstrations, an animation video of a Chinese child’s conversation with his mother enquiring about India, Indian culture and Indian children, and a group song by school children.
The formal inauguration of the yoga festival was marked by the mingling of the waters of Ganga and Minjiang Rivers of India and China respectively by the Ambassador and the Vice Mayor of Chengdu, followed by lighting up of the logo of the International Day of Yoga.
Chengdu, 18th June 2015
First International Day of Yoga, 21 June, 2015
Yoga is a 5,000-year-old physical, mental and spiritual practice having its origin in India, which aims to transform both body and mind. On 11 December 2014, the United Nations General Assembly declared 21 June as the International Yoga Day. The declaration came after the call for the adoption of 21 June as International Yoga Day by Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his address to UN General Assembly on September 27, 2014 wherein he stated: "Yoga is an invaluable gift of India's ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature." In suggesting June 21, which is the Summer Solstice, as the International Day of Yoga, Hon’ble PM had said that, "the date is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and has special significance in many parts of the world."
More than 170 countries including USA, Canada, and China have supported this move, including 175 nations co-sponsoring the resolution. It had the "highest number of co-sponsors ever for any UNGA Resolution of such nature."
For more information visit : International Day of Yoga Website.
India as Theme Country at the 3rd China South Asia Expo in Kunming
India is participating this year as Theme Country (Country of Focus) at the 3rd China –South Asia Expo in Kunming (Yunnan province, China) from 11-16 June 2015. This is the first time India is participating as Theme Country at the Expo.
Unveiling of Plaque of India-China Yoga College and Bust of Rabindranath Tagore in Kunming
Gen. (Dr) V.K. Singh, Minister of State for External Affairs along with Mr Ding Shaoxiang, Vice Governor of Yunnan Province of China unveiled the plaque of India-China Yoga College in Yunnan Minzu University in Kunming on 13th June 2015. The Memorandum of Understanding for establishing the Yoga College was signed on 15 May 2015 during the visit of Prime Minister of India to China.
Minister of State for External Affairs while addressing the students and faculty of the Yunnan Minzu University highlighted the positive effects of yoga on body and mind. The unveiling ceremony was marked by display of yoga and taichi by the students of the university. The ceremony was also attended by Ambassador Ashok K. Kantha and Prof Lin Wenxun, President of Yunnan Minzu University.
On the same day, the Minister of State for External Affairs along with Ambassador Ashok K. Kantha and Mr Ding Shaoxiang, Vice Governor of Yunnan Province of China also unveiled the bust of Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore at Yunnan University. The bust of Rabindranath Tagore is a present from Government of India to Yunnan University. The works of Asia’s first Nobel Laureate are widely read in China. In 2011, the Consulate General of India in Guangzhou in association with Yunnan University had also organized an exhibition of the paintings of Rabindranath Tagore to mark his 150th birth centenary.
Minister of State of External Affairs is visiting Kunming to attend the 3rd China-South Asia Expo in which India is the ‘theme country’.
Press Conference to announce the First India-China(Kunming) IDY 2015 event on 21st June, 2015
Visit of Hon'ble Chief Minister of Gujarat to Guangdong Province from 17-19 May, 2015
Hon’ble Chief Minister of Gujarat Ms. Anandiben Patel visited Guangdong Province (Guangzhou & Shenzhen) from 17th to 19th May 2015, accompanied by a high level official delegation including Ms. Meenaxiben Patel, Mayor of Ahmedabad, and a large business delegation. The visit marked the first high level official visit between the two sides since the signing of the Sister-Province relationship between Gujarat State and Guangdong Province in September 2014.
On 18th May, a Gujarat Business and Investment Promotion seminar was held at Hotel Tianhe Hilton in collaboration with the Guangdong Committee of the China Council for Promotion of International Trade (GD-CCPIT) and the India-China Economic Council (ICEC). The event was attended by over 100 Chinese businessmen and entrepreneurs. The business seminar was addressed by the Hon’ble CM and Mr. Chen Qiu Yan, President of GD-CCPIT.
During the visit, Hon’ble CM met Mr. Lin Musheng, Member of the Standing Committee of CPC Guangdong Committee and Senior Advisor to the Guangdong Government and Mr. Zhu Xiaodan, Governor of Guangdong Province. Mr. Chen Jianhua, Mayor of Guangzhou and senior officials of the Guangdong Government were also present during the meeting with Governor of Guangdong Province. During their interactions, opportunities for cooperation and collaboration between Guangdong and Gujarat were discussed. Hon’ble CM invited participation of businessmen and entrepreneurs from Guangdong in sectors like urban planning, smart city development, skills development, tourism infrastructure development, manufacturing, etc. She also extended an invitation to Governor Zhu to visit Gujarat.
On 19th May, the Hon’ble Chief Minister visited the Shenzhen Foxcom Technology Ltd. and its factory. Mayor of Ahmedabad, Ms. Meenaxiben Patel met Vice Mayor of Shenzhen Municipal Government, Mr. Ai Xuefeng in Shenzhen. Hon’ble CM also visited the Qianhai Shenzhen-Hong Kong Modern Service Industry Cooperation Zone. An Intent of Cooperation between GIFT City (Gujarat) and Qianhai Shenzhen-Hong Kong Modern Service Industry Cooperation Zone was signed there after which the delegation proceed to Hong Kong.
Hon'ble Prime Minister in Shanghai on 16th May, 2015
Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi visited Shanghai on 16th May, 2015 as part of the last leg of his tri-city China visit from 14-16 May, 2015. During his visit to Shanghai, Hon’ble PM met Chinese CEOs and addressed an India-China Business Forum. He also met Mr. Han Zheng, Shanghai CPC Secretary and Mr. Yang Xiong, Mayor of Shanghai. He attended the opening ceremony of Centre for Gandhian and Indian Studies at Fudan University. Before departing for Mongolia, Hon’ble PM addressed a large gathering of over 5000 members of the Indian Community in China at the ICBC World Expo Exhibition and Convention Centre.
Hon'ble PM's visit to Beijing on 15th May, 2015
Hon’ble Prime Minister arrived at Beijing on 14th May, 2015. He was given an official welcome at the Great Hall of People on 15th May, 2015. This was followed by delegation talks. Thereafter, Hon’ble Prime Minister and Premier Li Keqiang witnessed signing of 24 agreements worth over 10 billion dollars.
A Joint Statement between India and China was issued after conclusion of signing of the agreements. Text of the Joint Statement can be viewed here.
Hon’ble Prime Minister then witnessed the launch of India-China Forum of State/Provincial Leaders. Text of Hon’ble PM’s remarks at the event can be viewed here.
During the visit, Hon’ble PM also met Chairman of National People’s Congress Standing Committee Mr. Zhang Dejiang and addressed students at Tsinghua University.
Hon’ble Prime Minister and Premier Li Keqiang also witnessed a spectacular Yoga-Taichi Joint Event organised at the Temple of Heaven in Beijing before Hon’ble PM departed for Shanghai for the last leg of his China visit.
Hon'ble PM's visit to Xi'an in Shaanxi Province on 14th May, 2015
Hon’ble Prime Minister arrived at Xi’an in Shaanxi Province on 14th May, 2015 in the first leg of his tri-city China visit. In Xi’an, Hon’ble Prime Minister visited the Terracotta Warriors Museum, Daxingshan Temple and Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Hon’ble Prime Minister and President Xi Jinping of China also held talks in the afternoon on the same day. In the evening, Hon’ble Prime Minister witnessed a Traditional Tang Dynasty Welcome Ceremony followed by a banquet hosted by President Xi Jinping. Thereafter, Hon’ble Prime Minister departed for Beijing.