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'World's Northernmost Chinatown' highlighted in Norway's Arctic port
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About400kmnorthoftheArcticCircle,fireworkslituptheeveningskyofKirkenes,Norway'sBarentsport,or"World'sNorthernmostChinatown"inthefivedaysfromWednesday.

Thefireworksmarkedthestartofafive-dayfestival--the2019BarentsSpektakelwiththetheme"World'sNorthernmostChinatown,"meanttohighlight"agoldenageofChina,"accordingtotheorganizers.

"Asrecedingseaiceopensshippingroutestothenorth,andunimaginablelevelsofglobalinvestmentrevitalizeancientoverlandtraderoutes,thetimeisrighttowelcomeChinatoKirkenesandcreateafutureofprosperityandcooperation,"theysaidintheevent'sintroduction.

AgatewaywithdecorationsintheancientChinesestylehasbeenerectedinthepedestrianzone,lendinganexotictouchtothesmallNorwegianArctictown,andhighonitsdoorheaderisatabletreading"World'sNorthernmostChinatown"--inChinese.

Chineseshopsigns,lightboxes,redChineseknotsandotherelementsoftheChineseculturepermeatestreetsaroundthetownsquareofKirkenes,whichisthecentraltownintheSor-VarangermunicipalityinnortheasternNorway.

TheBarentsSpektakelisanannualmulticulturaleventinKirkenes,whichisabout15kmwestoftheborderwithRussiaand50kmnortheastoftheborderwithFinland.

TheideaofaChinesethemecameupnaturallyasthelocaltieswithChinahavebeendeepeningovertheyears,Sor-VarangerMayorRuneRafaelsentoldXinhua.

"It'sverynaturalthatitcameupbecauseinthelastthreeorfouryearslotsoftouristsfromAsia,especiallyfromChina,havearrivedandalsoKirkeneshasbecomeafriendshiptownwith(northeasternChinesecity)Harbin,"Rafaelsensaid.

"AlsoinKirkeneswehaveChineseshipscomingandwehavecompaniesthatareworkinginChina.Soforusasabordertown,it'sverynaturaltodevelopthisconnectiontoChina,"hesaid.

LocalsflockedtothetownsquareonWednesdayeveningforacolorfulopeningceremonyfeaturingperformancesbyartistsfromRussia,China,Norwayandothercountries.

AshowtoldastoryofAuntMariafurcoatandherchildreninaone-wayjourneyalongthePolarSilkRoad,comingfromthemysticalFarEasttosettleinWorld'sNorthernmostChinatown.Thecharacters"mergeoldfolklorewithrhythmsofthepresentandunfamiliartunesfromthepossiblefuture,"saidtheshow'sintroduction.

Addressingtheopeningceremony,ChineseAmbassadortoNorwayWangMinsaidthisyear'seventhighlightsafriendshipthatcrossesbordersandnationswhileshowcasingculturaldiversityandinclusiveness.

"KirkenessetuptheWorld'sNorthernmostChinatownandhasbuiltabridge,"Wangsaid.

InthefivedaysoftheBarentsSpektakelthisyear,artists,expertsandthelocalcommunityareexpectedtocontributetothediscussionsaboutafutureKirkenesbeingafocalpointonthePolarSilkRoad.

RafaelsenanticipatesabrightfutureforthetownthatisthefirstWesternportforshipscomingontheNorthernSeaRoutefromtheEast.

"Norwayhasalwaysbeenacountrythathasdevelopedshippingandalsoit'swhatishappeninginChina.Ithinkwehaveagoodfutureregardingcooperation,"hesaid.

Ayearago,ChinapublishedawhitepaperonitsArcticpolicy,envisioningaPolarSilkRoadtoextendtheBeltandRoadInitiativeitproposedin2013.

Theinitiative,bybuildingtheoverlandSilkRoadEconomicBeltandthe21stCenturyMaritimeSilkRoad,isintendedtopromotetheconnectivityofpolicy,infrastructure,trade,investmentandpeopleinareasinvolvedtoseekcommondevelopmentandprosperity.


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