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Chinese Consulate General in Houston and the City of Houston Jointly Present a Variety Show of Chinese Performing Arts Celebrating 2010 Shanghai World Expo and the New Year

On the evening of December 19th, 2009, the Consulate General of the Peoples' Republic of China in Houston and the City of Houston jointly presented a variety show of Chinese performing arts for celebrating the forthcoming 2010 World Expo Shanghai and the New Year at Wortham Center in downtown Houston. More than 1,000 audiences from the Greater Houston area watched the show. City Council Member Peter Brown on behalf of the City of Houston, Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia, San Antonio City Council Member Elisa Chan, U.S. Commissioner General for Shanghai EXPO Jose Villarreal and other dignitaries attended the event.

Dignitaries on the stage

The audiences were entertained by Chinese folk songs and music, folk dances, Peking opera, martial arts etc. performed by local Chinese artists. The theme of Shanghai world Expo "better city, better life" was also well revealed in the show. The Wortham center was beautifully decorated with Shanghai Expo posters, red lanterns and other impressive Chinese elements. 

Dignitaries and performers 
Consul General Gao Yanping and performers 

Consul General Gao made remarks at the reception right before the show. She said that, in 2009, we shared many unforgettable moments with the American friends and witnessed a series of grand celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the People's Republic of China and the 30th anniversary of the establishment of China-U.S. diplomatic relations. President Obama had a successful visit to China last November. The two countries are determined to work more closely to build a positive, cooperative and comprehensive relationship for the 21st century. The relations between China and the United States are at new historical point. China and the U.S. have every reason and responsibility to work together to promote not only better relations, but also more jobs, more trade and more mutual benefits for the two peoples. 2010 will be another inspiring year. The Shanghai World Expo which will be held from May 1st to October 31st in 2010, is expected to attract more than 200 countries, regions and international organizations as well as 70 million visitors from both home and abroad. It will be a grand gathering of diverse civilizations and peoples from all over the world. Shanghai and China have opened arms to embrace friends far and near. Consul General Gao also expressed her deep appreciation to all the co-sponsors, supporters and volunteers of the event who have made important contributions and dedications. 

Consul General Gao Yanping and Jose & Maria Villarreal
Consul General Gao delivering a speech 
City Council Member Peter Brown making remarks on behalf of the City of Houston
Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia
U.S. Commissioner General for Shanghai EXPO Jose Villarreal
Representitve of the Governor presenting letter of congratulation
Representitve of the Congressman presenting letter of congratulation

Peter Brown, Adrian Garcia, Elisa Chan and Jose Villarreal also spoke at the reception, extending congratulations to the significant event and expressing their confidence in a successful Shanghai World Expo and a more productive China-U.S. relations. Representatives of Texas Governor Rick Perry and Congressman Al Green presented congratulatory letters to Consul General Gao. Bill White,Mayor of Houston proclaimed December 19, 2009 as "2010 World Expo Celebration Day". Many audiences expressed their strong interest in and desire to Shanghai Expo in 2010.

Consul General Gao with media
Medias at the reception

This event was the first of its kind which has ever been presented jointly by the Chinese Consulate General in Houston and the City of Houston.

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