Foshan China 2020-01-19
On the evening of January 16, a group of special guests came to Lishui Town, Nanhai District-- foreign friends living and working in Nanhai experience the "Lingnan style Spring Festival Watery Flower Market", enjoying the local customs and a flavor of Spring Festival.
Foshan raises a festive trend : foreigners visit flower market
夜幕降临，里水河一河三岸灯光璀璨，水上花市人头涌动。一众外宾刚抵达水上花市，便成为人群焦点。“Hello！Welcome to Nanhai！”许多热情的南海市民纷纷用英语向外国客人打招呼。
As the night falls, the riverway and three banks of Lishui River is covered in bright light, and the watery flower market is crowded with people. A group of foreign guests became the focus of the crowd as soon as they arrived at the flower market."Hello! Welcome to Nanhai!" Many enthusiastic citizens greeted them in English.
“这些手工艺品的造型很独特。”一汽大众有限公司佛山分公司技术专家Michael Sorkalla 对花市沿途摊位摆卖的年货十分感兴趣。"The shape of these handicrafts is unique."Michael Sorkalla, a technical expert working at the Foshan branch of FAW-Volkswagen Co. Ltd., showed great interest in the New Year's goods being sold at stalls.
Roels夫妇在里水河畔玩起了自拍。The Roels took a selfie on the bank of the Lishui River.
Pieter Roels来自比利时，在一汽大众有限公司佛山分公司任预批量中心奥迪专家。这次他与来自墨西哥的夫人携手同逛花市。游览过程中，夫妇两人时常举起手机拍摄，兴致勃勃。“比利时没有水上花市，我们来中国不仅仅是来工作的，我们也很希望能来这里感受中国的文化与传承，了解中国人民的文化生活和传统节日。”Pieter Roels兴奋地说道。
Pieter Roels is from Belgium. He is Audi specialist at the pre-batch center of Foshan Branch of FAW-Volkswagen Co. Ltd.This time he went to the flower market with his wife from Mexico. During the tour, the couple often held up their mobile phones to take photos."There is no watery flower market in Belgium. We come to China to work, but we also want to experience Chinese culture and heritages, and to learn about the cultural life and traditional festivals of Chinese people." Pieter Roels said excitedly.
一汽大众有限公司佛山分公司整车制造部涂装车间经理Frank被花市五彩缤纷的鲜花所吸引。Frank, manager of the painting workshop of vehicle manufacturing department in the Foshan branch of FAW-Volkswagen Co Ltd, was attracted by the colorful flowers in the flower market.
Reporters learned that most of the foreign friends experienced the watery flower market for the first time. "Many people" "lively" "beautiful"-these are their first impressions."It's very beautiful. It's my first night at the flower market, which is very different from the daytime." Chong Jia Min, general manager of Foshan Nanhai Handyware Food Machinery Co. Ltd. said.
Nanhai in the eyes of foreigners: it’s an open and inclusive city
Over the past decade, with comprehensive economic and social transformation, Nanhai has become more and more international, attracting more and more foreign enterprises and people to settle down.
张家铭 Chong Jia Min
Chong Jia Min comes from Singapore and has been in Nanhai for five years. In his view, local people are very hospitable and tolerant. "They take good care of foreign friends, especially us Singaporeans," he said.
采访结束时，Nils Ronnow还用中文向南海市民拜年：“祝您新年快乐，身体健康”。At the end of the interview, Nils Ronnow paid a New Year greeting in Chinese: "wish you a happy New Year and good health."
"Nanhai is a cozy, inclusive and open city."This year is the ninth year for Nils Ronnow to live and work in Nanhai, who is the CEO of CO-RO Food (China) Co Ltd. He will also spend the fifth Spring Festival with his family in Nanhai. Nils told us that although there was flower markets in his hometown Denmark, now it was snowing and cold. He was very happy to spend the Spring Festival in a city with flowers in all seasons.
Nils said he usually showed his family and friends around Nanhai to experience this beautiful and friendly city.Meanwhile, Nils is also a friend of Chinese culture. He is now learning Chinese and gave himself a Chinese name 荣鎏思.
As one of the series activities held by "Nanhai Foreign Community" , this event was sponsored by the People’s Government of Nanhai District and invited guests from Germany, Denmark, Afghanistan, Singapore, etc.
Founded in early 2015, Nanhai Foreign Community regularly holds characteristic theme activities for foreign friends working and living in Nanhai. Through local folk customs and cultural activities, the foreigners, who love Nanhai and is willing to make contributions to the social and economic development of Nanhai, may settle down here and experience the concept of "Home· Nanhai", hence, it improves the cultural attraction and international influence.