China-U.S. Highlights: The First Tour Group Of Chinese Citizens

Editor’s note: This year marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and China. The years cannot tell you the story without photo and video recordings. The photo exhibition “Trans-Pacific Exchange and Cooperation” has officially opened at the Shanghai Municipal Archives, Bund Branch(Number 9, NO 2 East Zhongshan Road). The exhibition will last until August 15. More than 300 carefully selected photos highlight the cooperation and exchange between Shanghai and the US. We will select some of the archived photos and tell you the story behind them. Let us understand the history, center on the present, and look to the future.


This picture shows a scene of the first Chinese tourist group to the United States touring the Times Square in New York on June 18, 2008. On that day, this maiden group toured a number of famous scenic spots, including Statue of Liberty, Wall Street, Times Square, the UN headquarters, and Rockefeller Center. After New York, they went to Philadelphia, Washington, Los Angeles and San Francisco. It symbolized the official launch of Chinese tourists to the United States in groups. The first group had nearly 80 members, and most of them were middle-aged and older people and experienced tourists having a good overseas travel record. Its 10-day itinerary took them to the scenery, points of interest and museums in the main cities on the east and west coasts of the United States. The U.S. side gave much importance to this tourist group and the places on its itinerary all organized welcoming activities for it.


Source: SPAFFC
Pics: Courtesy to organizer