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By Zhao Ruinan | China Daily | Updated:2017-10-06 10:31A group of tourists from Chinas Fujian province, wander along a street in Budapest, where the Chinese TV series Love Actually was shot last year. With high exposure on Chinese screens, the Hungarian capital attracted more than 80,000 Chinese tourists in the first half of this year.[Photo by Yang Enuo/China Daily] Popular TV series and movies sometimes unconsciously boost tourism in the location where they were filmed.
It happened in Budapest, where the Chinese TV series Love Actually was shot last year. Featuring in Chain Bridge, Fishermans Bastion and other iconic buildings in Budapest, the TV series showed the audience the mysterious and ancient European architecture of the city. It made Budapest a favorite destination for Chinese visitors.
“The beauty of Budapest shown in the series is breathtaking. I have added Hungary to my travel destination list and just cant wait to visit,” says Wang Min, a college student who loves to travel. A fan of the show posted pictures of his flight tickets to Budapest online and said, “I am ready to walk every street that these two actors have walked in the TV series”.
With high exposure on Chinese screens, the Hungarian capital attracted more than 80,000 Chinese tourists in the first half of this year, which indicates year-on-year growth of more than 50 percent, according to data collected by the Chinese travel agency Tuniu.
This TV series gained warm support from the Hungarian government when it was filming in Budapest. Officials sent the crew member a Rubiks Cube with a Hungarian symbol as a gift, further strengthening the mood of cooperation.
Meanwhile, Hungary decided to speed up the visa procedure for Chinese travelers from the end of 2016, to attract more investment and tourists from the worlds second-largest economy.
Besides tourism, people-to-people and cultural exchanges between the two countries, China and Hungary have developed many new opportunities for interaction and cooperation.
The two countries signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in June, 2015. The MOU, aimed at jointly building the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road, was said to be the first such document China had ever signed with a European country.
Cultural exchanges have always been the focus of cooperation between the two countries. In April this year, the Chinese Film Festival was held in Budapest and Jackie Chan, the action movie superstar, took along his latest film, Kung-Fu Yoga.
“This effectively promoted Chinese culture and helped Hungarians to understand China better,” says Gabor Cserkesz, president of Budapest-based Chinese Art Center. “Movies are a good medium for us to get to know each other.”
Through the five Chinese movies shown the festival, the Hungarian audience could learn more about the history of Chinese culture and the lives of Chinese people.
Food is another popular way of bridging the cultural divide. Early in April, an event featuring Chinese traditional food was held in Budapest. Hungarian people learned how to make dumplings and use chopsticks-learning important lessons about Chinese culture while also enjoying some delicious food.Related StoriesBritains tourism income set to double to 360 bln USD in decadeUNWTO expected to play larger role as tourism becomes worlds biggestEgypt pins hope on China to revive ailing tourism industry: officialPortugal heads for record year in tourismEthnic treasures of tourism in QinghaiPhotoAerial view of beautiful terraces in E ChinaPrancing horses captured in Inner MongoliaScenery of Danxia landform in NW ChinaFamily of black swans creates waves in Jilin UniversityTransformation of Kubuqi Desert: From barren sand dunes to enchanting paradiseStarry, starry nights over Sanqing MountainTop ViewsMost PopularChinese stars dazzle 2017 Bazaar Charity NightSix Chinese faces to grace Victorias Secret showThe Chinese panda shakes up famous paintingsThe evolution of Hong Kong beauty cultureChinese faces shine at the Met GalaFemale celebrities featured in Chinese-style fashion photosPhotoAerial view of beautiful terraces in E ChinaPrancing horses captured in Inner MongoliaScenery of Danxia landform in NW ChinaVideoBreathtaking view of Mount Huangshan in East ChinaAmazing! Hukou Waterfall in N China gives its best view in autumnStarry night skies in TibetSpecialAmazing HuichangSpecial report: Rise and rise of Chinas outbound tourismBACK TO THE TOPHOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELWATCHTHISSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperMOBILECopyright 1995 -var oTime = new Date();
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