Sri Lanka-China Friendship Association in collaboration with the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Sri Lanka and Royal College, Colombo 07 organized a photo exhibition to educate children about China’s 30th parallel on 28th February 2011 at Nawarangahala of Royal College.
This exhibition was declared open on 28th February 2011 at 9.30 am by Hon Piyankara Jayaratne (MP), Minister of Civil Aviation with the participation of Guest of Honor: Mr. Han Tao Charge de Affairs of The Embassy of the Peoples Republic of China in Sri Lanka and Mr. Upali Gunasekara, Principal, Royal College Colombo 07.
As China’s 30th parallel runs from west to east, it traverses regions of incomparable natural splendor, encompassing virtually every type of geography with the exception of desert. Eighty-Seven National Nature Reserves, representing today’s China’s concern with the environment, are located along this corridor accounting for almost one-third of China’s environmental protection zones. The 30th parallel passes through the Changjiang River valley, China’s most densely populated and economically developed region. Since ancient times, the Changjiang River valley has been one of China’s most important economic centers. For millennia, the landscapes of this region have been depicted in gorgeous ink scroll painting, reflecting the traditional Chinese principle of harmony between humanity and nature.
The Changjiang and Yellow River valleys are known as the cradles of Chinese civilization. Like them, China’s ancient history. Thirteen Workd Cultural Heritage sites, one-third of China’s total, are located along this historic corridor. The priceless cultural legacy of the 30th parallel offers a living record of the development of the Chinese people. And provides a tangible link between past and present.
Like a Song, Like a Painting
Stretching from west to east, China’s 30th parallel links together a wide range of natural conditions and social customs. One-third of China’s population lives along this corridor, blending the vivid diversity of human culture into a song of the ages. The unique folk-customs and lifestyles of over forty ethnic minority autonomous prefectures and counties along the 30th parallel combine to create a cultural landscape of harmony.