(Xinhua) -- A fashion show on qipao, a stylish
traditional Chinese dress for ladies, exhibited a beautiful facet of
the rich Chinese culture to diplomats of different countries here at
the African Union.
Hosted by spouses at the Chinese
Mission to the Africa Union on the premises of the Mission Head’s
residence in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, the Qipao Fashion Show
event on Saturday featured performances on different themes,
including young girls’ beauty; wedding; hosting friend; Chinese
Romeo and Juliet dance; violin solo: a fishing boat song at dusk;
and learning embroidery among others.
During the event that also displayed
sample qipaos, an eight-year-old Chinese girl, in particular,
captured the attention and the heart of the audience with her
performance on violin solo: a fishing boat song at dusk.
According to Kuang Weilin, Head of the
Chinese Mission to the Africa Union, the event was hosted by the
spouses at the Mission in connection with the upcoming International
Women’s Day, aiming to promote the rich Chinese cultural elements to
the rest of the world.
Kuang told Xinhua after the show that
it was a successful event.
Stating that many Africans and other
nationals do not know about China’s qipao, also known as Mandarin
gown, Kuang said the event was a very good platform to promote the
traditional clothing and related cultural elements to diplomats of
“The event was a great success; it
showed the Chinese culture to our friends, to ambassadors. I
think, this event is also a very good event for the promotion of
better understanding between China and other countries,” he
“Qipao is really one of the most
important elements of the Chinese culture. Qipao really is the
symbol of the Chinese culture. And interestingly, not many
people in Africa really know about qipao; it is our
responsibility to introduce qipao to Africans so that African
friends, ambassadors will really have better understanding of
the Chinese culture,” noted the Ambassador.
He said the Mission would continue to
host such events in future with a view of promoting the rich culture
of China to the rest of the world.
Participating in some of the
performances and making presentation on qipao and its evolution, Wu
Hua, spouse of the Chinese Ambassador to AU, noted that qipao is
symbolic of Chinese culture.
It demonstrates the elegance, grace,
and tenderness of the Chinese women, she said.
“Its design and style show special
features of the woman’s figure. However, at the same time, it
does not expose too much. It shows Chinese woman’s beauty
subtlety,” she added.
Attending the event, African and other
diplomats have hailed the event, which featured qipao fashion show,
presentation on evolution of the traditional robe (qipao), and
performances on the different Chinese customs on different
Susan Sikaneta, Zambian Ambassador to
Ethiopia and AU, told Xinhua it was a magnificent event.
“I must say that this fashion show has
been magnificent, wonderful, and beautiful. I can describe it in
all these beautiful words because it has really been
magnificent,” she said.
The fashion show was not only
entertaining, but also informative and educative, said the
Speaking to Xinhua, Monica Sabatucci,
spouse of the Head of EU Delegation to AU, said she admired the
“It is really, really, nice; it was a
new experience for us; we can see how in-depth the perfection is
of the Chinese people; it is a different culture you get to
understand more; how important perfection is color. It was a
different presentation. And it was really, new experience for
all of us,” said Sabatucci.
“It was not the first time; but every
new presentation is new experience. Definitely, it was really,
really, positive, and I was really, really honored to see all
this kind of different presentation; it was not only the fashion
show but also the presentation of the different customs that
China offers,” she said.
The event concluded with a banquet,
which offers Chinese dishes, and was thrown by the Chinese Mission
to the African Union.