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福建省人民政府梁建勇副省长在美国纽约福建旅游推介会上的致辞(中英文)

福建旅游政务信息 2021-11-13 15:22:17



尊敬的章启月总领事,

女士们,先生们,朋友们:

大家上午好!


  很高兴与大家相聚纽约。首先,我谨代表中国福建省人民政府,向出席本次推介会的各位来宾表示热烈的欢迎!向关心关注福建发展的美国各界朋友表示衷心的感谢!


  福建地处中国东南沿海,位于长江三角洲和珠江三角洲之间,与中国台湾岛隔海相望,陆域面积12.4万平方公里,海域面积13.6万平方公里,总人口3800多万;2015年,全省地区生产总值4003亿美元,比增9%,比中国平均增速高出2.1个百分点。


  福建依山傍海、山青水秀,我们拥有并保持了高品质的生活环境。全省森林覆盖率65.95%,连续多年居中国大陆首位;中国前十个空气最好的城市中,就有福建的福州和厦门两个城市。福建交通便利、出行舒适,全省快速铁路营运里程突破1500公里,占全中国的十分之一,高速公路通车里程突破5000公里,每个县(市、区)15分钟内都能开车上高速;省内已有六个机场,目前东方航空公司一天一班,从福州经上海中转至纽约,厦门航空公司计划2017年上半年开通从福州直飞纽约的航班;厦门邮轮母港可满足22万吨豪华邮轮靠泊,或同时靠泊3-4艘中小型邮轮。福建人文荟萃,名胜众多,武夷山是世界自然与文化遗产,土楼是世界文化遗产,泰宁丹霞地貌是世界自然遗产,还有世界地质公园2处;福州的三坊七巷、厦门的鼓浪屿、泉州的开元寺等都是著名的旅游景区。美国普渡大学教授、国际旅游学会主席莫里森先生多次到福建参观考察,对福建旅游资源备加赞赏。这里,我着重向大家介绍 “三个一”,即一杯茶、一座楼、一条路。


  “一杯茶”,指的是举世闻名的福建茶。福建是红茶的故乡,1915年坦洋工夫红茶就获得了巴拿马太平洋万国博览会金奖。福建还是乌龙茶的故乡,“乌龙”一词就来自福建。1860年10月,一位叫琼斯的美国青年来到福州,开始了20年的旅居生涯,他用西方早期工业社会的产品,换取驰名的武夷岩茶、茉莉花茶,经过加工和包装,贩卖到西方,使自己从一个名不见经传的小伙,变成赫赫有名的埃奇公司总经理。他按照中国人的方式给儿子取了个小名“福生”。1880年他和家人返回美国。他经常告诉美国的亲友,东方有座长满榕树的城市,曾养育了他,给了他财富,还在他的性格中注入了东方茶文化特有的含蓄和多情。今天我们也把福建茶带到了现场,请大家品味。


  “一座楼”,指的是举世无双的土楼。二十世纪八十年代,美国的卫星侦察到在中国东南山区出现了新的“秘密导弹基地”,基地中密集分布着庞大筒状构建物,还不时冒出烟雾。通过实地考查,他们终于发现了这些“核基地”的秘密,亲眼看到了土楼中的客家人,看到客家人用木柴生火做饭,他们拍了很多照片带回美国,自此土楼吸引了世界的目光。无需推敲这个故事是真实还是杜撰,但无论是谁来到土楼,都会被土楼的悠久历史、宏大规模、巧妙结构、丰富内涵而折服。一座土楼聚居着一个家族,传承着崇宗敬祖、敦亲睦邻的中华文化精髓。很多美国游客参观完土楼后称赞道“从来没见过像土楼这么壮观的民居建筑,更没想到智慧的福建人,在一千多年前建好的房子里,到现在还有人在居住,太神奇了!”莫里森教授认为,土楼是可以和长城、故宫、兵马俑相媲美的世界级旅游资源。


  “一条路”,指的是举目万里的海上丝绸之路。绵延十几个世纪,这条海上丝绸之路连接起中国和中西亚、非洲东海岸和红海沿岸等地区,在中国对外交往和贸易史上发挥了重要作用。福建是这条海上丝绸之路的重要起点。早在唐代中期,福建的泉州已与广州、交州、扬州并称为“全国四大通商口岸”。宋元时期,海上丝绸之路达至顶峰,泉州港成为“东方第一大港”,与埃及的亚历山大港齐名。明代前期,福州港取代泉州港的官方港口地位,著名航海家郑和从长乐太平港开洋远航七下西洋;明朝中后期,漳州月港是当时中国最大的对外贸易港口。在中国六省九市联合提出的海上丝绸之路捆绑申报世界文化遗产计划中,福州、泉州、漳州均列其中,是申遗城市最多的省份。目前,泉州市有阿拉伯后裔5万多人。“海神”妈祖的祖庙所在地和文化发祥地在莆田市,妈祖信仰在世界各地华侨华人中以及台湾、港澳地区有广泛信众。海上丝绸之路文化不仅是福建重要的文化品牌,同时也是沿线国家和地区共同的文化历史记忆。正是由于福建有着这么多海丝文化底蕴,中央政府确定福建省是中国21世纪海上丝绸之路核心区。


各位来宾,女士们,先生们,朋友们:


  福建与美国虽然远隔重洋,但双方关系一直十分紧密,福建与俄勒冈州、弗吉尼亚州、宾夕法尼亚州建立了友好省州关系,福州、厦门、泉州、漳州、莆田、三明、南平、宁德等市与美国16个城市建立了友好城市关系,2015年,双方贸易额超过300亿美元,双向投资额超过60亿美元。特别是,旅游业的交流合作成为近年两地关系发展的新亮点。2014年,第八届中美省州旅游局长对话会议在福建厦门成功举办。2015年,有28.55万人次美国游客来福建旅游,有4万多人次福建游客经福建口岸赴美旅游。我们衷心期望双方旅游业界以“中美旅游年”和本次推介会为新起点,加强交流,扩大合作,为越来越多的两地游客提供更多便利,为增进中美友好发挥积极作用。


各位来宾,女士们,先生们,朋友们:


  很多人说,福建是“有福之地”。“福字当头”,这在中国汉语里意味着带来好运和快乐。我们热忱欢迎各位和你们的家人朋友走进福建,亲身感受“清新福建”的无穷魅力。“福来福往”,好运和快乐一定会伴随着你。


  谢谢!



Consul General Zhang Qiyue, 

Ladies and Gentlemen, dear friends, 

Good morning. 


It gives me great pleasure to join you in New York for the Fujian Tourism Promotion. Firstly, please allow me on behalf of Fujian Provincial Government, to express the warmest welcome to all the guests present today, and sincere thanks to all the American friends who have been caring for and supporting the development of Fujian Province.  


Situated on China’s southeast coast, Fujian lies between the Yangtze River Delta and Pearl River Delta, and faces Taiwan across the Strait. It covers a land area of 124, 000 sq. km, and a sea area of 136,000 sq. km. It has a population of over 38 million. In 2015, GDP of Fujian Province totaled US $400.3 billion, an increase of 9% over the previous year, and 2.1 percentage points higher than the national average level. 


Boasting green hills and clear water, Fujian enjoys high-quality living environment. The woodland accounts for 65.95% of the total area, ranking Fujian the first place in the country for many consecutive years. Fuzhou and Xiamen are among the top ten cities that enjoys the best air quality in China. In terms of convenient transportations, its total length of high speed railways in service exceeds 1500 km, accounting for one tenth of the total mileage in China. The length of expressways tops 5000km, with all counties getting access to the expressway in 15 minutes. There are six airports in Fujian. Now the China Eastern Airline runs a flight each day from Fuzhou to New York via Shanghai, and Xiamen Airlines plans to launch a direct flight from Fuzhou to New York in the first half of 2017. Xiamen Cruise Port can offer anchorages to 220,000 ton-level luxury cruise or 3 to 4 medium-to-small cruises. Fujian is renowned for its rich talents, culture and picturesque landscape. It is home to Wuyi Mountain (a World Cultural and Natural Heritage Site), Fujian Tulou (a World Cultural Heritage Site), Taining Danxia Landsacpe (a World Natural Heritage Site), and 2 Global Geoparks. Three Lanes and Seven Allies in Fuzhou, Gulang Islet in Xiamen and Kaiyuan Temple in Quanzhou are also well-known tourist attractions. Mr. Morrison, Professor with Purdue University and President of International Tourism Studies Association, who once visited Fujian many times, spoke highly of the tourist resources of Fujian. Hereby, I’d like to focus my presentation on “three ones”, i.e. one cup of tea, one building and one road. 


One cup of tea refers to the world-renowned Fujian Tea. Fujian is the hometown of black tea and oolong tea. Tanyang Gongfu black tea received the gold prize in the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition, and the word “oolong” has its origin from Fujian. In October 1860, Mr. Jones, an American youth arrived in Fuzhou and started a 20-year stay there. He exchanged the industrial products of western society for the well-known Wuyi Rock Tea and Jasmine Tea. After being processed and packed, those teas were traded to the western countries, which made Mr. Jones flourish and became the general manager of famous Edge corporation. His son was born in Fuzhou, and got an infant name “Fusheng”( literally means born in Fuzhou). In 1880, he and his family embarked on the return journey to the United States with the fond memories of Fuzhou. He often introduced to many his friends the eastern city of Fuzhou, the city where he earned his wealth and absorbed the quintessence of tea culture. Today, we also bring the Fujian Tea here, please enjoy it. 


One building refers to the unique Fujian Tulou (Earthen building). In 1980s, the American satellite detected a “missile base” in the mountainous area of Southeast China. In the area, there were a large number of silo-shaped buildings, and smoke rose from these buildings time and again. Through the field trip, the Americans found the “secret” of those bases. In fact, the silos are earthen buildings, where live the Hakka people. They burned firewood for cooking. Many pictures of the Earthen Buildings were taken to the US. Since then, Fujian Toulou has attracted world attention. It is not necessary to verify the authenticity of this anecdote. I believe that no matter who visits Tulou, he or she will admires its history, scale, intricate structure, and profound connotation. A Tulou unites a large clan, and carries on the essence of Chinese civilization that respects ancestors and advocates friendly neighborliness. Many American tourists said in admiration that they have never seen such magnificent buildings like Tulou, and it is amazing that people still live in these buildings that were built over 1,000 years ago. Professor Morrison argues that Tulou is a world-class tourism resource that is on a par with the Great Wall, the Palace Museum, and the Terra-Cotta Warriors.


One road refers to the Maritime Silk Road that stretches hundreds of thousands of miles. For centuries, this Maritime Silk Road, which connects China with Central and West Asia, the east coast of Africa, and coastal regions of the Red Sea, has played an important role in China’s foreign exchanges and trade. Fujian serves as an important starting point of this Maritime Silk Road. As early as the mid-Tang Dynasty, Quanzhou, a port city in Fujian, together with Guanzhou, Jiaozhou, and Yangzhou, had been recognized as the four major trading ports in the country. The Maritime Silk Road reached its peak during the Song and Yuan dynasties. Quanzhou became the “largest oriental port”, enjoying equal reputation with Alexandria, Egypt. In the early Ming Dynasty, Fuzhou replaced Quanzhou as the official port. Admiral Zheng He, a renowned navigator, commanded his fleet to sail off from Taiping Port, Changle, for voyages to the Western Seas. In the mid-and-late Ming Dynasty, the Moon Port of Zhangzhou City was the largest port for foreign trade in the country. Currently, six provinces and nine cities have made a joint proposal to apply World Cultural Heritage status for the Maritime Time Silk Road. Fujian, with Fuzhou, Quanzhou, and Zhangzhou among the cities, is the province that has the most applicants in this proposal. Right now, there are over 50,000 Arabic descendants living in Quanzhou. The ancestral temple of Mazu, the sea goddess, is located in Putian City, which is also the birthplace of Mazu culture. Mazu is widely worshipped by overseas Chinese and people in Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. The culture of the Maritime Silk Road is not only one of Fujian’s cultural brands, but also a common cultural and historical memory of countries and regions along the route. Thanks to the profound culture of the Maritime Silk Road, Fujian was designated by the Central Government as the core area of the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road Initiative. 


Dear guests, ladies and gentlemen, friends,


Fujian and the United States although oceans apart, they have maintained close relations. Oregon, Virginia, and Pennsylvania are sister states of Fujian Province. Eight cities in Fujian have established friendly relations with 16 American cities. In 2015, two-way trade exceeded USD 30 billion, and two-way investment surpassed USD 6 billion. In particular, exchanges and cooperation in tourism have become the highlight of our relations. In 2014, the 8th China-U.S. Tourism Leadership Summit was held in Xiamen city of Fujian. Last year, American tourists made 285,500 visits to Fujian, and Fujian tourists made over 40,000 trips to America via the exit port of Fujian. We sincerely hope that through the China-U.S. Tourism Year and today’s promotion, the tourism sectors of both sides will strengthen exchanges and cooperation and provide more convenience to the people of both countries. 


Dear guests, ladies and gentlemen, friends, 


The first Chinese character of Fujian province is Fu, which means blessing. Therefore, many people call Fujian a “land of blessings”. We sincerely invite you and your family to visit Fujian and enjoy the charm of the “Refreshing Fujian”. Upon visiting Fujian, good luck and happiness will be always by your side.


Thank you!