Cuban President toured the Forbidden City, the center of Beijing
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He appreciated the dimensions, the magnificent architecture, splendor, elegance of cultural and artistic objects of this labyrinth of almost a thousand buildings, whose roofs are adorned with figures of mythological creatures. Diaz-Canel left a record of his passage through the complex to capture his signature on a book.
The Forbidden City was baptized with that name, because ordinary people could not enter without special permits at that time, except for the courtiers.
There lived 24 emperors until 1911, when the revolution that overthrew the regime of China’s last feudal dynasty, the Qing, took place.
The tour of the Imperial Palace Museum was the second activity of Diaz-Canel after arriving Wednesday in Beijing from the municipality of Shanghai (east), where he opened yesterday his first official visit to China as president of Cuba.
He previously spoke with Wang Yang, the chairman of the Standing Committee of the XIII Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.
Similarly, the Head of State spoke with executives of Cuban companies represented in China and officials of the diplomatic mission.
When signing the Book of Honor, the President wrote: “The opportunity to visit the Forbidden City symbolizes for us an exceptional opportunity to get closer to the impressive history of this immense country. This story is the basis of an ancient civilization, whose cultural and historical values have endured over time and constitute a heritage not only of China, but of all humanity.
Tomorrow he will do it with the host ruler, Xi Jinping; the Prime Minister, Li Keqiang, and the president of the National People’s Congress Li Zhanshu, in the Great Hall of the People.
The signing of bilateral agreements and the placement of floral offerings before sites of historical importance are also in the planning stages.
China is the fourth stop of a tour of the Cuban dignitary by countries of Europe and Asia that took him to France, Russia and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
The journey will continue from Friday in Vietnam and Laos.