Over the weekend, nearly 1,000 guests attended Hangzhou Tourism Commission’s Hi 5 Hangzhou Fan Gala, which all went down at New York City’s historical Grand Central Terminal. This globally-inspired event is dedicated to celebrating Chinese culture and travel within the capital of China’s Zhejiang province.
“Celebrating the 5th anniversary of Hangzhou official social media pages, the gala assists Hangzhou in embarking on a journey of deepened globalization, manifesting the essence of the city’s proud heritage with innovations and traditions,” said Mr. Zhang Hongbin, Director of Hangzhou Tourism Commission, at the event.
Guests at the 2018 Hi 5 Hangzhou NYC Fan Gala were exposed to the beautiful and historical Hangzhou silk, tea and fan culture, plus theatrical performances themed around the West Meets East cultural collision. An impressive virtual reality experience made visitors feel like they were visiting West Lake and Grand Canal.
One of the day’s highlights was when Chinese concert pianist and global star Lang Lang performed at the event. He even brought three of his talented pupils Linda Liu, Chelsea Guo, and Avik Sarkar on stage during his set. In perfect keeping with the theme, “Autumn Moon on a Calm Lake, was performed, a piece that was written by Lü Wencheng when visiting the famous West Lake in Hangzhou.
“I’m excited to join the gala and give my performance to NYC residents,” Lang Lang shared in a press statement ahead of his performance. “I have always been charmed and inspired by the breathtaking scenery of Hangzhou. To be able to share my love for the picturesque city of Hangzhou with my music is without a doubt an honor.”