The motorcade arrived in China’s northernmost city Manzhouli. The Asian-European Tour from China to France, which set off from the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou on September 5th, is about to cross the first international border.
The tour is a successor to the Long-distance Tour between Guangzhou and Lyon in 2002. At that time, the motorcade started off from Guangzhou and arrived in Lyon, the sister city, after 56 days of travel through 11 countries, covering a distance of 15,000 kilometers.
The motorcade left from the starting gate on Maritime Silk Road, Guangzhou on August 31st, and is expected to arrive in Paris on October 13th in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties betweenChina and France and in celebration of the 65th anniversary of the establishment ofthe People’s Republic of China. The motorcade will then continue on to Macau Tower, completing a long-distance “tri-tower” journey.
Manzhouli, China’s busiest land port of entry, also known as the Window of East Asia, is located in the heart of the Hulunbuir Grasslands of Inner Mongolia, bordering Mongolia to the west and Russia to the north. The city’s unique fame is the reason the motorcade chose it as the transit point for entering the next country of the tour.
Guangdong Chinese Community Cultural Association chairman Li Wei said, “The Asian-European Tour from China to France is a civic and diplomatic event that enables communication between cultures as a first step for creating a bridge for commerce and trade between economies. The numerous cities, all of which are well-known for their historical and cultural heritage, will be witnesses of the multicultural communication. At the same time,China is in the midst of creating the strategic concept of a New Silk Road Economic Belt, with this tour as a successful practice run.
Since the motorcade took off from Guangzhou on the 30th of August, the vehicles have already covered nearly 5,000 kilometers on roads of varying quality, from roads in excellent condition to bumpy roads badly in need of repair. As the first among China-based brands according to JD Power’s 2013 report, the GAC MOTOR GS5 has safeguarded the envoys along the entire route with its fantastic handling and passing ability as reflected by the 5-star rating that the vehicle obtained under the standards of China’s New Car Assessment Program. After traveling past Manzhouli and across the Eurasian landmass, the GAC MOTOR GS5 will be showcased at the 50th anniversary celebration of Sino-French diplomatic ties.