About 20 Russian journalists from 12 mass media will travel to
China later this week to explore the new image of Chinese cities
and rural area, as well as visit well-know cultural and natural
icons such as Shaolin Temple and panda.
The "China-Russia Friendship: China Tour" program will be kicked
off at the Tian'anmen Square in central Beijing in May 25 and these
journalists will take off-road vehicles to travel across15 Chinese
provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions.
They will visit the Terracotta Horses and Armored Warriors of
the First Emperor of the Qin Dynasty in ancient Chinese capital
Xi'an, the gym and stadium for the Beijing Olympic Games 2008 and
interview prestigious cultural figures and senior officials, said
Ding Xiaoming, director of the Moscow-based press center for the
"China Year" in Russia.
By taking part in the event, Russian reporters will help
domestic audience to accumulate better learning and understanding
of China, Itar-Tass news agency general director Vidalij Ignatenko
told a press conference here on Monday.
The China Radio International is also organizing the
Forty Chinese and Russian journalists carried out a similar
event last year, taking a 16,000-kilometer road trip from
Tian'anmen Square to the Red Square in about 45 days.
An important part of the reciprocal theme years in Russia and
China, the press mission is the first of its kind in bilateral
(Xinhua News Agency May 22, 2007)