By Wang Xuefeng, Ambassador
Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
of the People’s Republic of China to the
Independent State of Samoa
In the hilarious atmosphere of celebrating the coming of the new year, “Visit Samoa Year 2016” unveiled itself in a joyous and graceful note with the Special Tourism Industry reception held at a nice seaside bar and restaurant in the evening on Thursday, 7 January.
The beautiful sunset of the early evening glazed all the things in her golden soft rays and made the seaside bar and restaurant even more charming amidst the fragrance of flowers and the classic nostalgic music.
Four months ago, my wife and I arrived in this beautiful island country Samoa. Before we came, we surfed on the internet and were overwhelmed by tons of pictures showing the stunning beauty of this dazzling gem of the South Pacific.
We also talked to several of our friends who had visited Samoa before and were moved by their unyielding passion and their fond memories about this beautiful island. With all these in mind, we came to experience this paradise by ourselves.
After living here for several months, we are glad to say that Samoa is even more beautiful and charming than we have expected. We are so impressed by the beautiful natural scene, the most hospitable people, rich history and the unique culture heritage of this lovely island country.
Everyday we enjoy the blue sky and fresh air of the island which have somewhat become a luxury for many industrialized countries in the world.
During holidays, we have been to several well-known holiday resorts such as the Lanomanu beach, the Salamumu resort, the Sinalai beach resort and Coconut beach resort. We have explored the world famous To Sua Trench. We have also been to Savaii, the bigger island.
Wherever we went, we were overwhelmed not only with the stunning beauty of nature but also with the most friendly Samoan people with their friendly greeting and big beautiful smiles.
And on many occasions, we were very much attracted by the deep-rooted Samoan culture heritage which is proudly manifested in various forms such as the solemn ava ritual, the wonderful music, the graceful songs and dances and the exquisite work of arts.
Samoa is a pearl of the Pacific, the jewel in the crown with so much beauty for people to explore and to appreciate. It is a strategic move for the Samoan government and Samoan Tourism Authority to make year 2016 a “Visit Samoa Year”.
In the speech made by Hon. Tuilaepa Fatialofa Lupesoliai at the Special Tourism Industry reception which marks the beginning of Visit Samoa Year 2016, he specified the goal of making Samoa a leading Pacific destination as well as many concrete measures to be conducted in the new year in order to achieve the goal.
As Samoa’s lasting true friend, China is willing to support Samoa in the sustainable development.
The Chinese Embassy in Samoa would like to join hands with Samoa Tourism Authorities and other concerned departments in their efforts in tourism climate change adaptation and in maintaining sustainable tourism development so that Samoa will always proudly boasts the unique tourism products which mirror Fa’a Samoa, the Samoan way of life with the heavenly white sandy beaches, the incredibly beautiful coral reefs teeming with marine wildlife, rainforest-covered volcanic rocks and hills, and in particular, the tranquility, the hospitality of local people and their pastoral life in great harmony with nature, the love and care pervasive in all the communities and the great pride of Samoan people take in their beloved country.