1, 4 Chinese Foo Dogs in Stockholm, Courtesy of WANG Fangke, attache of the Chinese Embassy in Sweden
2, 3 Swedish Lion Statues in Stockholm, Courtesy of WANG Yue, photographer of the Lunar Times
What is your typical day in the embassy?
The embassy’s mission is to promote mutual understanding and to strengthen cooperation between the two countries, which motivates our daily work. In my case, I am in regular contact with my counterparts in the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs to exchange views on issues of common interests. Actually, I always start my daily work by viewing the twitter of the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
Another responsibility of ours is to explore more fields that two countries can learn from each other. Examples include the general plan for the eco-city of Hammarby
, the relocation of an entire city in Kiruna
, ecotourism in the Swedish national parks
, and so on. All these practices are interesting and inspiring. These practices also echo the efforts to protect biodiversity in China. For instance, the "Wild Elephant Journey" in Yunnan also attracts attention in Swedish and international media's continuous coverage, and we feel very warm and proud of this.
In addition, I also contact friends from all walks of life in Sweden to deepen mutual understanding. In the evenings after work, I do some indoor or outdoor activities, such as jogging and playing table tennis.When the world emerges anew from the pandemic, what are your recommendations for those preparing to visit China?
Of course, Beijing is the primary recommendation. Beijing is the political and cultural center of China, where you can enjoy the combination of modern and ancient China. To experience modern sites, you can visit the Bird's Nest (National Stadium), the China World Trade Center, or enjoy the night view of Chang'an Street. For the ancient part, you can visit the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, and the Summer Palace, or walk around the streets and hutongs (the traditional neighborhood alleys).
I would also like to recommend my home province, Sichuan. The Qingcheng Mountains and Dujiangyan Dam
in Sichuan are beautiful, and the Leshan Buddha and Mountain Emei
in my hometown of Leshan are both natural heritage sites. For transportation, you can enjoy the scenery along the way in the fastest high-speed train( at 350km/h) in the world. Especially when traveling to Sichuan by high-speed train, outside lies the treacherous landscape described as “蜀道难,难于上青天”.（The road to Shu, so steep, steeper than to Heaven. By LI Bai, a poet in Tang Dynasty）What about local dishes?
According to different regions, there are eight major local cuisines in China, and each has its own typical characteristics. Among them, Jiangsu Zhejiang cuisines
are more similar to Swedish cuisines. Personally, I prefer Sichuan cuisine
. It is suited to the hot and humid climate of the Sichuan region. Sichuan cuisine is very spicy and umami. It’s represented by hot pot, double-cooked pork, spicy chicken, and Mapo Tofu.How about baijiu?
Absolut Vodka from Sweden is very popular among Chinese consumers. Similarly, China's Moutai baijiu is world-renowned. Moutai is a traditional Chinese specialty baijiu with a history of over 800 years, and it is complicated to make so the output is limited. One other kind of baijiu, Erguotou, is also popular, representing a classic Beijing flavor. I highly recommend that you try Swedish cheese with Chinese baijiu, but remember drink responsibly:) .Would you like to say something to our magazine and subscribers?
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