2022 Silk Road Week opens in Hangzhou

The opening ceremony of the 2022 Silk Road Week was held at the China National Silk Museum in Hangzhou, East China's Zhejiang province on July 8. The event is aimed at strengthening international cultural exchanges and promoting Silk Road culture. Themed “The Silk Roads: National integration and common prosperity”, the 2022 Silk Road Week was hosted by the National Cultural Heritage Administration and the Zhejiang government and will run until July 14.

The 2022 Silk Road Week will feature online and offline exhibitions, academic conferences, livestreaming and immersive and interactive workshops for the public. A campaign to introduce Silk Road culture to primary and middle school students across China will run throughout June.

A new initiative for the 2022 Silk Road Week is the introduction of a Guest Province of Honor and Guest Country of Honor. Qinghai province and the Republic of Uzbekistan will be the inaugural guests of honor for the weeklong event, during which cultural heritage, customs and scientific studies of the Silk Road related to thee two places will be showcased. The Annual Report of Cultural Heritage on the Silk Roads 2021 was launched during the opening ceremony.

This year's Silk Road Week annual exhibition “Qinghai Path: The Silk Roads in the 6th - 8th Centuries” also kicked off on July 8 and will run until August 25. More than 100 cultural relics from Qinghai are on show at the event. In addition to the series of events in Hangzhou, institutions from Qinghai and the Uzbek cities of Samarkand and Tashkent will carry out activities including exhibitions and lectures.

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