After the opening ceremony, representatives from Shandong together with other attendees were interviewed by media. During the interviews, special guests expressed their pleasure and excitements of their participation. Hundreds of Millions of people around the world witnessed the beautiful scenery in Shandong and the friendliness of people from Shandong through TV and media networks. Chinese scholar, Professor Liu, Yanshen, presented his calligraphy “Harmony But Not Sameness” at the event.

 
Left:Ambassador Sun, Guoxiang receives a Waterford Crystal ingrained with the words
“Shandong, New York, Friendship 2014”
Right:Cristin Burtis, representative from Mayor’s Office of New York
receives a spectacular set of the Analects from Shandong Official.

 
Chinese scholar Liu, Yanshen, advisor of SAFA, presents his calligraphy “Harmony but Not Sameness”

      This event attracted numerous social attentions from the public through Facebook and Twitter. New York Mayor, Michael R. Bloomberg and U.S. Senator, Charles Schumer both sent their congratulations and wished this year’s event a great success while Congresswoman Grace Meng was in attendance along with other VIP guests.
      In commenting on the event, Senator Schumer says, featuring performances by Shandong as well as many other acts, the “Times Square New Year’s Eve Countdown Celebration 2014” would be an entertaining display of the rich history and traditions of the Chinese community.
      Peter Zhang, President of the Sino-American Friendship Association says this countdown opening ceremony is truly eastern culture meeting New York tradition.

Appendix: New Year's Eve Countdown Celebration on site

 

 

 

 

 

In the News:

News Report Links
1. Reuters 2. CNBC
Video Links
1. BON TV1 2.BON TV2 3. Sinovision




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