How Kazakhstanis met Jackie Chan in Astana and what Dimash Kudaibergen sang to him

8 June

The famous Chinese actor of action movies on his arrival in Astana on the threshold of the world specialized exhibition EXPO 2017 made Kazakhstan fans very happy. This is reported by “Kazinform".

"If at the airport the legend of the world cinema was met by akim of Astana city Asset Issekeshev and the head of the RTRC “Kazakhstan" Yerlan Karin, his visit to Kazmedia Centre was already less official. Right on the stairs to the entrance of the building the crowds of fans were waiting for the star, who did not believe their happiness - their idol stepped off the screen and should be here any minute,” the edition writes.

First, the actor took part in a press conference for journalists.

"However, in the press hall of the Central Communications Service, in addition to reporters and operators, some other employees of the Kazmedia Centre, who could not afford to miss the chance to see the living legend, also made their way through. Even employees of the cafes located in the centre came to at least have a peek at Jackie Chan,” the agency notes.

The purpose of the visit of a star of martial arts movies to Astana was to participate in the opening of the Chinese Film Festival, which is held as part of China's participation in the world specialized exhibition EXPO 2017.

"I know that a huge number of fans all over the world are watching my movies and I always try to find that kernel to show my world with the help of my movies. I did not immediately become a big star, I gradually became one. I went up from the bottom, step by step. So I know the situation of each person and how to treat people. Because of my diligence, and most importantly, thanks to the love and support of my fans, and of course, thanks to my team, I became a star," Jackie Chan said, greeting journalists.

After the press conference, the solemn opening of Chinese Film festival was held.

"When the actor appeared on the red carpet, the enthusiasm of the fans was unlimited - some of them even climbed to the tables to better see the star of the world cinema and take pictures through hundreds of other fans of his work," the media report says.

"The great steppe people and China are linked by the centuries-old friendship with a thousand-year history.The beginning of the relationship of our peoples goes back deeply into antiquity. Now this story provides new opportunities for the revival of the Great Silk Road. Four years ago, during the visit of the Chairman of the People's Republic of China, Xi Jinping to Kazakhstan a life was given to the "One belt, One road" project, that has become a truly historic initiative. Starting from today, a new bridge has been built to bring two cultures closer,” said the board chairman of the Republican television and radio corporation “Kazakhstan” Yerlan Karin, opening the festival.

At the event, Jackie Chan has announced the release in the near future of a joint Kazakh-Chinese movie “Composer".

“The apogee of positive emotions for the audience was the performance of the famous Chinese a song about the love for his homeland. Many admirers of Jackie Chan were surprised by the very strong voice of the actor. To everyone's admiration, Dimash Kudaibergenov joined him on stage, who also performed in Chinese the "Yellow Fall” song,” edition writes.

Let us remind that Chinese media was the first to report about the upcoming visit of Jackie Chan to Astana on June 2. It is expected that the famous actor will present his new movie "Kung Fu Yoga" at the Chinese Film Festival. website has already told about five reasons why the forthcoming exhibition Astana EXPO 2017 is of interest to the Chinese. Among the main reasons - the upcoming concert of Dimash Kudaibergen, after whose participation in "I'm a singer" contest, China was swept by a real "Dimashemania".

In addition, the commemorative banknotes have been issued in China in honour of EXPO 2017.The special bills were issued for the first in the history of the international exhibition movement.

Within the framework of Astana EXPO 2017 an exhibition of the legendary Terracotta Army will also take place.

The main focus China intends to make on the achievements with which it is possible to receive electricity and nuclear energy from the water. Eco-friendly cars of Chinese production will also be demonstrated at the exhibition. The PRC has already began a comprehensive trial operation of its pavilion.

The largest at EXPO 2017 is also expected to be a delegation from the PRC. Xinjiang Week, the “Year of China’s Tourism in Kazakhstan” and the National Day of China in Astana will be held at the Chinese pavilion of the exhibition and on June 16 starts Beijing Week.

In mid-April it became know that among the honoured guests of the world specialised  exhibition Astana EXPO 2017 will be the President of China Xi Jinping. Later, the Chinese leader personally confirmed to President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev his intention to visit the exhibition. As the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China Lu Kang stated, the Chinese leader will stay in Kazakhstan for 4 days.

It is also known that the informational support for EXPO will be provided by China Radio International.

In early May, it became known that China will receive two pavilions at EXPO.

Earlier, the Ambassador of China to Kazakhstan, Zhang Hanhui, expressed concern about possible visa problems for the Chinese on the threshold of EXPO 2017. According to the Ambassador, there is uncertainty in the issue of obtaining visas, related to the work of private Kazakh mediators.

The diplomats of Kazakhstan and China, because of the increased interest in the exhibition by the citizens of the PRC, have already switched to an enhanced mode of operation.

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