ISLAMABAD - Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan, Sun Weidong visited the National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage (Lok Virsa) on Sunday.

Executive Director, Lok Virsa, Mrs. Shahera Shahid gave him a warm welcome and briefed him about the salient features of the Pakistan’s rich cultural heritage with special reference to the functioning of Lok Virsa, functioning as a specialized institution dealing with collection, documentation, preservation and dissemination of the tangible and intangible cultural heritage.

He was taken around various cultural displays in the first ethnological museum of Pakistan, spreading over 60,000 square feet covered area, depicting living cultural traditions and lifestyles of the country’s people, not only from the mainstream but also from the remotest parts and far-flung areas of the country such as Kalash, Tharparkar, Baltistan, Cholistan, etc.

The Ambassador took keen interest in the museum hall, showing contributions of the Muslims towards promotion of musical heritage, dirorama on wedding rituals of Cholistan desert and link passage presenting cultural affinities and influences with the People’s Republic of China with artifacts contributed by the Chinese side as a gift to the people of Pakistan.

He was impressed to see the truck-art diorma, hall of silk thread and Chinese contribution towards Karakorum highway in Pakistan, beautifully reflected on the walls of the Heritage Museum.

Later, the Ambassador held a meeting with Mrs. Shahera Shahid, Executive Director, Lok Virsa at the Heritage Library which was also attended by the Chinese Cultural Counselor and senior officers of Lok Virsa.

Important matters, relating to the cultural heritage of China and Pakistan came under discussion and the Ambassador offered his support for expansion of the existing link passage with China created at Lok Virsa Heritage Museum.

A short live musical performance by folk artists and folk musicians was also presented to entertain the Chinese Ambassador at Lok Virsa. The artists presented famous folk and some national songs. The diplomat enjoyed the music with great pleasure and enthusiasm.

In his remarks in the visitor’s book, the Chinese Ambassador wrote : “Pakistan and China have deep rooted relations which are growing day-by-day. Long live Pak-China friendship,”.