“China Story - Suzhou Poetic Lifestyle” Exhibition Opens in Washington D.C.

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More than 50 Members of the Travel Community Gathered to Unveil a Collection of 60 Photographs Depicting the Suzhou Lifestyle on Display for One Week Only

(From left to right) Ms. Caroline Michaud from PHG Consulting, Mr. Steve Zhao, Ambassador Mr. Cui Tiankai, and Ms. Chen Li, wife of Mr. Zhao, attending the opening night event of “China Story - Suzhou

Chinese Ambassador to the United States, Mr. Cui Tiankai, members of the media, and the local tourism community gathered in Washington, D.C. yesterday evening for the opening of Chinese photographer Mr. Steve Zhao’s retrospective entitled “China Story - Suzhou Poetic Lifestyle,” which is on view at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center and open to the public from today, November 30 through December 7, 2016. Featuring a rarely seen combination of extremely high technical ability and an aesthetic intensity, the collection includes 60 color photographs from Mr. Zhao’s book of the same title, a number of which have never been publicly displayed. The exhibition is part of the continued celebration of China – U.S. Tourism Year, which was launched by President Obama and President Xi earlier this year.

Last night’s opening event was organized by the Information Office of Suzhou Municipal Government, Suzhou Tourism, PHG Consulting, and Mr. Steve Zhao in tribute to Suzhou’s natural beauty and cultural heritage. Mr. Zhao’s retrospective includes remarkable portraits that capture Chinese people conducting daily activities and practicing centuries old traditions such as Kunqu Opera and local arts and crafts including jade carving, as well as showcase iconic locations such as the famous Suzhou gardens – nine of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Other featured images are the beautiful water towns including the Grand Canal, typical Su cuisine, and various natural aspects of the city. Visitors to the gallery for this one-week display will enjoy a special and artistic look into this idyllic location.

For more information about Mr. Zhao’s work, please visit http://www.ichinastory.com.

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Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW

Public days: November 30 through December 7, 2016

10am- 6pm daily

Free Admission

About Suzhou
Suzhou, the "Venice of China," is known for its elegant stone bridges, canals, flowing water, and noteworthy architecture. Located in the center of the Yangtze River Delta, approximately 60 miles west of Shanghai, Suzhou is one of the oldest cities in the Yangtze Basin dating back more than 2,500 years. The city boasts the beautifully manicured Classical Gardens of Suzhou, many of which have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Each year, millions of tourists travel to Suzhou to experience the destination’s more than 400 attractions, ranging from pagodas and temples to historical districts and world-class museums. As the largest industrial city in China, Suzhou continues to develop, such as the Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP), which boasts five-star hotels, the iconic Lake Jinji, and Asia’s largest over-water Ferris Wheel.

Travel to Suzhou is easily accessible via three convenient area airports with non-stop flights from North America: Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (SHA) offers bullet train service to Suzhou, which is approximately a 50-mile, 30-minute trip; Pudong International Airport (PVG) is approximately 65 miles from Suzhou, an hour and half drive; and Sunan Shuofang International Airport (WUX) is approximately 14 miles from Suzhou, a 30 minute drive.

For more information on Suzhou please visit http://www.TravelToSuzhou.com, follow us on Instagram @visitsuzhou, Twitter @VisitSuzhou and like us on Facebook at Visit Suzhou.

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