The China Chamber of Commerce in New Zealand (CCCNZ) and China Travel Service (CTS) NZ Ltd hosted tour operators and travel agents in early December 2018 to dinner and a night of musical comedy at SkyCity.

People who attended this night enjoyed a reworked version of City of 100 Lovers(external link) was organised by CTS with CTS with support from Air New Zealand, Air China, Auckland Airport and the newly created China Cultural Centre in NZ.

The event in Auckland was a teaser for the grand banquet being planned for the “Once in a lifetime experience,” to celebrate China-New Zealand Year of Tourism when the ancient city Xian will host up to 1,000 Kiwis on 10 September 2019 at an imperial banquet reminiscent of ancient times, just as an emperor would host with a Tang Dynasty performance.

Xian, the home of the ancient Terracotta Warriors, is rich with history and culture, and is one of the birthplaces of the ancient Chinese civilization.

Kiwis that book a September 2019 tour to China will be treated to a true “Once in a lifetime experience” as honoured guests of the Xian Provincial Government while touring China’s highlights and most popular attractions.

People can get a taste of what they can expect in Xian, by checking out the Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality(external link)秦始皇兵马俑: 永恒的守卫at Te Papa as part of the China-New Zealand Year of Tourism. The exhibition is open until the end of April 2019.

China National Tourism Administrati(external link)on will host diplomats from both nations joined by up to 1,000 New Zealanders that have scheduled a visit to China to coincide with the 10 September 2019 event. The visitors will all be treated as VIP invited guests to enjoy a theatrical ceremony and performance and an imperial banquet, based on those hosted by the emperor in ancient times.

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