Danes get on their bikes to celebrate cycling
Updated: 2013-05-27 16:16
By Mike Peters (China Daily)
Mads Kjeldsen (left) and his colleague at the Danish embassy, Marie-Louise Flach de Neergaard, bring their children along for the ride at the annual Climate Race. See more at video.chinadaily.com.cn. Mike Peters / China Daily
Danish Ambassador Friis Arne Petersen led a flotilla of bicycles into the embassy's Sanlitun neighborhood for a 3-kilometer ride last weekend, the third year Denmark has celebrated cycling culture in Beijing. Also at the head of the pack: Guy Saint-Jacques, ambassador of Canada; Lars Fredn, ambassador of Sweden; Xu Guangshu, deputy director of Beijing municipality's sports bureau; Ma Zhongchao, president of China Bicycling Association and Zhou Peng, sales director in China for the Danish company Novozymes.
Then came part two: a 23-km ride in the suburban countryside of Yanqing county, home of the cycling competition for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Li Xianzhong, mayor of Yanqing county, welcomed dozens of cycling enthusiasts with a colorful lakeside ceremony before the group pedaled off to the county's wide biking lanes and beautiful landscapes near the Great Wall.
"Bicycling is considered smart, healthy and sustainable in Denmark," Petersen said. "And it has provided a boon to urban planning as well as reducing city pollution."
Li invited all race participants back on June 22-23 for the third Badaling Great Wall Cup Beijing International Cycling Tour Festival in Yanqing.
Argentine Ambassador Gustavo Martino (pictured) hosted the launch of the Representative Office of the Argentine Chinese Chamber of the Production, Industry and Commerce in Beijing at the embassy last week, together with the chairman of the chamber, Carlos P. Spadone, and the chairman of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Wan Jifei. Trade between the two nations reached $14 billion in 2012.
Embassies from the 52 members of the African Union began a weekend-long celebration of the organization's 50th anniversary with an economic seminar in Beijing on Friday. The keynote speech was made by Seyoum Mesfin, ambassador to China and former foreign minister of Ethiopia, whose country is the current chair of the AU. The Chinese government's special representative for African affairs, Zhong Jianhua, also spoke at the Kempinksi hotel forum, and the dean of Africa's ambassadors, Nolana Ta'ama of Togo, thanked the participants to close the session.
Cameroon's Ambassador Martin Mpana and his wife, Bofia Daka Mpana, hosted a national day reception at the embassy last week. The invitation said "National dress/lounge suit/military uniform", and the ambassador stood out in a colorful crowd at his garden party with a richly patterned and embroidered gown and hat.
Cameroon Ambassador Martin Mpana (right) greets guests at his embassy's national day reception. Mike Peters / China Daily