[Explanation] On April 2, the Information Office of the Gansu Provincial Government held a press conference for the 2021 "Cultural Capital of East Asia·Dunhuang China Year of Activities".

The "Cultural City of East Asia" is an international city cultural business card jointly established by China, Japan and South Korea. Dunhuang City in China, Shaoxing City, Kitakyushu City in Japan, and Suncheon City in South Korea were jointly elected as the "Cultural City of East Asia" in 2021.

  At the scene, Zhu Jianjun, Mayor of Dunhuang City, Gansu Province, introduced that a series of cultural and tourism activities will be launched this year to fully demonstrate Dunhuang’s international, inclusive, open and innovative power across time and space. "Humanity Dunhuang" as the theme, throughout the year, adopting the mode of "online and offline integration", holding five series of 20 key events and more than 100 events covering culture, sports, education, tourism, international exchanges and exhibitions, international art exchanges, etc. Local cultural activities.

  [Concurrent] Zhu Jianjun, Mayor of Dunhuang City, Gansu Province

  The annual plan is to hold a cloud exhibition of youth cultural works in East Asian sister cities, the 2021 China World Heritage Tourism Promotion Alliance Conference, Dunhuang Poetry Week, "Dunhuang Fashion" Dunhuang Clothing Creative Design Competition, Dunhuang International Design Week, Dunhuang National Tide Cultural and Creative Exhibition, Dunhuang Culture Confidence Exhibition, Dunhuang Intangible Heritage Exhibition, Dunhuang Painting and Calligraphy Exhibition, Silk Road Fine Cultural Relics Tour Exhibition and other key events.

At the same time, during the event, intangible cultural heritage exhibitions and exchanges, research exchanges and other activities will be carried out to actively expand the exchanges between China, Japan and South Korea, and draw in Dunhuang, Suncheon City, South Korea, Kitakyushu City, Japan, and Shaoxing, Zhejiang Province. Strengthen mutual trust and strengthen cultural exchanges and cooperation.

  [Commentary] Wan Ke, deputy director of the Gansu Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism, introduced that Dunhuang will take this opportunity to build its own urban spirit, and will establish Gansu and Dunhuang cultural promotion centers in Japan and South Korea, and support Dunhuang to develop more in Japan and South Korea. Cultural exchange activities will also actively assist in the opening of normal air routes and charter air routes from Dunhuang to Japan and Dunhuang to South Korea.

  [Concurrent] Wan Ke, Deputy Director of Gansu Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism

  The cultural capital of East Asia has become an important platform for cultural exchanges among China, Japan and South Korea. The development of a series of activities will also help to build the city of East Asia’s cultural capital as a fulcrum for domestic cultural and tourism consumption, as well as a bridgehead for East Asian culture and trade services, Dunhuang The city will take the opportunity of being elected as the cultural capital of East Asia, take cultural tourism exchanges and cooperation as an entry point, combine the historical heritage of Dunhuang culture and the requirements of the times to build its own urban spirit, and give full play to the resources of Dunhuang tourism culture.

  [Explanation] It is reported that Dunhuang has stood out among many cities and was elected as the 2021 East Asian Cultural Capital. It is inseparable from Dunhuang’s external historical and cultural exchanges. In the history of Dunhuang’s external cultural exchanges, exchanges with Japan and South Korea have accounted for a large proportion, since 1994 Since 1999, Dunhuang City has successively established sister cities with Usuki, Kamakura, and Nikko in Japan, and Nanhai County in South Korea, and has carried out long-term cultural exchange activities with foreign countries.

  Dunhuang not only has a splendid human culture, but also a meeting point of the four major human civilizations and three major religions. Dunhuang is known as the "Dunhuang of the World" and "Humanity" because of its rich cultural resources and expanding international cultural influence. Dunhuang".

  Reporter Li Yalong Ding Si reports from Lanzhou, Gansu

Editor in charge: [Fang Jialiang]