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The world's first banknotes in honour of EXPO have been issued in China

6 June

In China, commemorative banknotes have been issued in honour of the world specialized exhibition Astana EXPO 2017. Denominations were issued by the Chinese companies "Wanbo" and "Zhangdao Wenhua" with the permission of JSC "NC" “Astana Expo 2017”, ”Kazinform" reports.

"The issuance of commemorative banknotes to EXPO 2017 was the first in the history of international exhibitions that began in 1851. Banknotes (no denomination) were issued in the amount of 5 thousand sets, each of which has two banknotes showing Kazakhstan (Baiterek and EXPO 2017 National Pavilion of Kazakhstan are depicted on a blue background) and China (Great Wall and the Temple of Heaven are depicted on a yellow background)," the agency reports.

Consul General of Kazakhstan in Shanghai, Zhoshykhan Kyraubayev has also recalled at the presentation of the Year of China Tourism in Kazakhstan about the upcoming visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Astana, inviting the Chinese public to participate actively in the events within EXPO 2017. Participants were shown a video clip and distributed booklets about the forthcoming exhibition.

Let us remind, the fact that among the honoured guests of the exhibition will be the President of China Xi Jinping became known in the mid-April. 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.

EXPO2017.com 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".

It is also expected that within the framework of Astana EXPO 2017 an exhibition of the legendary Terracotta Army will take place.

The pavilion of China itself will be fully completed by the end of May and will be one of the largest expositions of the exhibition. The main focus this country 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. China has already began a comprehensive trial operation of its pavilion.

The largest at EXPO 2017 is also expected to be a delegation from China, which will include the famous actor of Hong Kong action movies Jackie Chan. 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.

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

Let us note that earlier a Chinese citizen found himself in the centre of a scandal in Kazakhstan, when he photographed himself after climbing a monument to three legendary Kazakh Judges. Internet users have condemned the actions of the Chinese, noting that a massive influx of tourists from China is expected during the world exhibition in Astana. Later it became known that the incident occurred on the territory of the People's Republic of China.

Another scandal is connected with the fact that according to the information of Kazakhstan's bloggers, millions of tenge are allocated from the budget of Kazakhstan for servicing Chinese citizens during the EXPO. Users point out the fact that at the same time, many Chinese will visit the exhibition for free.

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 Ambassador, there is uncertainty in the issue of obtaining visas, related to the work of private Kazakh mediators.


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