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Moscow Restaurant in Beijing bridges cultures with unique Russian delicacies, cultural performances

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Moscow Restaurant in Beijing bridges cultures with unique Russian delicacies, cultural performances

2024-05-17 17:38 Last Updated At:18:07

A Russian restaurant in Beijing with a rich 70-year heritage is fostering cultural connections between China and Russia through its iconic Moscow cuisine.

Once a diplomatic haven, this restaurant has blossomed into a cultural landmark symbolizing the enduring China-Russia friendship. For over seven decades, it's been a cherished destination for Chinese seeking a taste of Russian cuisine, music and art.

"As Beijing's first publicly accessible high-end Russian restaurant, it held a special diplomatic status in its early days, serving mainly political figures, officials, Russian experts, and intellectuals. Over time, it gradually opened its doors to the public. Decades ago, dining here might have cost several months' salary, yet people still queued for the experience," said Luan Yufeng, deputy general manager of Beijing Exhibition Center where the restaurant is located.

The Russian silverware used seven decades ago and the original decorations and culinary methods of the restaurant have offered a nostalgic journey for many older generations.

"Today marks our 45th wedding anniversary, and my husband and I decided to celebrate at the Moscow Restaurant, a place of great sentimental value for me. I first learned of it decades ago but could only afford to dine here till the early 2000s. That first dining experience was splendid, with a grand atmosphere and warm, sincere Russian performers. Since then, I've never been able to forget this place, and we've celebrated many important occasions here," said an elderly customer.

"We have heard so much about this Russian cuisine. Today, we ordered the Moscow-roasted sea bass in milk, the classic capital salad, and chicken rolls. Simple, yet delicious. We'll definitely come again," said another customer who came for tasting the traditional Russian dishes.

Since 2009, the restaurant has also become known for the musical performances of Irina Pratsyuk, who frequently strums her mandolin on the restaurant's stage while clothed in brightly colored traditional Russian outfits.

Performing at the restaurant for over a decade and a half, Pratsyuk has become a fixture, captivating audiences with her fluency in Chinese.

"I feel China is my second home. I want to introduce Russian culture to Chinese people. Most of our band members play traditional Russian instruments. For instance, I play the domra, a three-stringed instrument, which makes a beautiful sound," she said.

Arriving in 2008 as the sole performer, Pratsyuk has championed Russian music in China. Over the years, she has built a band by recruiting musicians from Russia, creating a regular act that brings Russian music to life for Chinese audiences.

"My name is Alexander. I’m from Russia. I play the byan, a Russian folk instrument. I'm so proud I can introduce myself and my culture with my friends to Chinese people," said Alexander Butko, one of the members of Pratsyuk's band.

Moscow Restaurant in Beijing bridges cultures with unique Russian delicacies, cultural performances

Moscow Restaurant in Beijing bridges cultures with unique Russian delicacies, cultural performances

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Greater Bay Area launches its first full-schedule China-Europe freight train

2024-06-20 11:24 Last Updated At:11:37

The Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area on Wednesday launched its first full-time schedule China-Europe freight train, aiming to enhance logistical efficiency in trade exchanges between this key Chinese economic region and inland Europe.

On Wednesday morning, the X8120 China-Europe freight train, loaded with goods such as air conditioners, coffee machine accessories, and eggbeaters, departed from the Guangzhou International Port and headed to Warsaw, the capital city of Poland.

The China-Europe full-time schedule train refers to a train service that operates according to a fixed schedule, where departure times, routes, and stops are predetermined and regular.

Previously, when China-Europe trains passed through various countries, the local railway departments had to set the handover time according to the actual situation on the ground, which was easy to cause many invalid and long stopovers on the route, making it hard to realize the fixed arrival and departure time of the whole journey.

By coordinating with railway departments of the countries it passes through, the full-time schedule train ensures that it stops and departs on time at each station, thereby enhancing the stability and efficiency of the entire journey.

Since the operation began, the full-schedule China-Europe freight train bound for Warsaw will depart from the Guangzhou International Port every Wednesday. It exits the country via the Erenhot land port in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, covering a total distance of about 11,200 kilometers. The journey is expected to take 16 days, saving about 30 percent of the transportation time compared with previous regular freight trains on the same route.

Greater Bay Area launches its first full-schedule China-Europe freight train

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