Photographer gives Greeks online tour of China

Share This Post

A Greek photographer is taking his compatriots on a journey to China, with online tours organized by the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation in the port of Piraeus.

From Feb. 16 until April 11, amateur photographer and environmentalist Nikos Stantzos will act as an online tour guide for Beijing and its outskirts, as well as the ancient capitals and the country’s borders. Stantzos will give five presentations for Greek people, called “Traveling to China,” which are free of charge.

Stantzos lived in Beijing from 2012 to 2017, working for a German company as an expert in energy, renewables and climate change. He has taken more than 20,000 photos in China, and found the time to tidy up his archive during the pandemic. He decided to share his pictures and experiences to show his people the lesser-known side of a country he has grown to love.

Stantzos has traveled to over 20 Chinese provinces to date, and is planning more adventures in the future, he told Xinhua in a recent online interview. Speaking from Singapore, where he is now based, he said:

“Beijing, when I moved in 2012, was a city that was just basking in the glory of the 2008 (Summer) Olympics. That was definitely a high point for the city. Because of my work there, I had to travel extensively all over China … That gave me an exposure to how variable and how amazing basically China is.”

He was also impressed by the organization of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.

“I think that these Olympic Games show a China that it is more, if you like, confident and relaxed, compared with the first Olympics (2008),” he told Xinhua.

“The Chinese did an amazing job to reuse a lot of the facilities. For example, the water tube that became the ice tube … I thought that was a very good symbolism of how we can actually reuse facilities,” he said.

Stantzos’ main motivation for the “Traveling to China” series was to contribute to understanding between the East and West. He wanted to show the China he saw and experienced, which is very different from what is sometimes being reported by mainstream Western media, he explained.

“My message is that you have to go out and find out China with your own eyes … go there with an open mind and I guarantee you you’re going to like it or at least you’re going to find a lot of things you like,” he said.

Konstantinos Mazarakis Ainian, General Director of the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation, was happy to see the strong interest Greeks showed for China during the first presentation.

“What impressed us is that the approximately 600 viewers who started watching the series at the beginning of the first episode did not decrease until the end,” he told Xinhua, adding that viewers had bombarded Stantzos with questions.

The foundation, which is a cultural and educational organization promoting Greek letters and historical and nautical research, has a close partnership with Tsinghua University in Beijing, as well as the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS).

“We thought that an important parameter that can bring China closer to Greece is for the average Greek to get to know China in a non-academic way, as a tourist. So we arranged and organized this series of five trips to China that I believe gives … a complete picture of China as it is today, highlighting culture, history, way of life,” he explained.

“Traveling to China” is presented within the framework of the Center for China Studies, which was established two years ago at the Foundation in collaboration with CASS, to enhance bilateral cultural relations, promote Chinese culture in Greece, and produce scientific work in the fields of Humanities and Social Sciences.


Related Posts

COMME MOI kicks off Shanghai Fashion Week

Chinese supermodel Lyu Yan's fashion brand COMME MOI kicked off the Spring/Summer 2023 Shanghai Fashion Week in Xintiandi on Thursday.

Exhibition motivates actions to address pressing climate issues

China Climate Action Week Thematic Exhibition, running through Sunday at Inter Art Center and Gallery in Beijing's 798 Art Zone, gathers the works of 15 artists from around the world that respond to the climate crisis. Their creations invite the audience into a discussion reflecting on the ways of coexistence between the humankind and nature, the impacts of human activities on the climate change, and how to participate in and accelerate climate action.

Beijing based sculptor’s exhibition a highlight in Shanghai

Blue in White is the solo exhibition of Beijing-based sculptor Cao Yun at The Place, a commercial complex in Hongqiao area of Shanghai, going on from Sep 2 to Nov 16.

Concert held in Ulan Bator to promote China-Mongolia friendship

A concert was held in Ulan Bator Wednesday to promote cultural ties and friendship between China and Mongolia.

Guangzhou alley adorned with cat murals

Many cute cats, painted on exterior walls along Baimi Alley in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, have drawn photo enthusiasts. They are part of a project in Renmin subdistrict to brighten up old communities.

Chinese designers shine at London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week in the British capital has witnessed a never-before-seen representation and diversity of new designers and models on the catwalks showing their spring/summer 2023 collections, with voices calling for even more collaborations with Chinese businesses and creators.
- Advertisement -spot_img