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Bicycle rally tightens the bond between Guangzhou and Lyon
Update: 2018-06-22     Source: chinadaily.com.cn

A total of 50 bicycle riders from ten countries including China, France, Switzerland, Italy, the Czech Republic and Spain embarked on a special bicycle rally in Lyon of France on June 15.

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Government officials at the ceremony. [Photo/fmprc.gov.cn]

The riders will travel along the ancient Silk Road with solar-powered bicycles and pass across 15 countries before they reach their final destination of Guangzhou in August. The whole journey has a length of nearly 12,000 kilometers.

The city of Lyon held a special embarkation ceremony on that day, with attendees including Karine Dognin Sauze, vice mayor of Lyon; Alain Galliano, vice president of Grand Lyon; Guo Wei, Chinese Consul General to Lyon and Pan Jianguo, secretary-general of the CPC Guangzhou Municipal Committee.

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The city of Lyon puts on celebrations to mark the event. [Photo/fmprc.gov.cn]

Guo addressed the ceremony, saying that the rally, which is being held in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the sister cities relationship of Guangzhou and Lyon, fully displays both the governments' and people's willingness to join in the Belt and Road Initiative, environmental protection and mutual cooperation projects.

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A rider poses for a photo with his solar-powered bicycle. [Photo/fmprc.gov.cn]

Pan also spoke at the ceremony, and extended his warm welcome to the riders who will arrive in Guangzhou. He said the southern Chinese city will held a grand welcoming ceremony for them.

Editor: Will


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