JEJU, ROK, April 5 (Xinhua) -- Li Changchun, a senior official of the Communist Party of China (CPC), said he hoped Jeju of the Republic of Korea (ROK) to play a bigger role for advancing bilateral cultural exchanges.
Li, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, visited Jeju Saturday. As the first stop of his ROK trip, Li visited local people, the park of a legendary figure and met with officials of Jeju Special-Governing Province.
When meeting with Jeju Governor Kim Tae Hwan, Li said China and ROK are close neighbors. During the past 17 years after the two countries forged diplomatic ties, Li said, bilateral ties have witnessed rapid growth in political, economic and cultural areas. Such development "has brought pragmatic benefits to the two peoples," he said.
Jeju, a tourist destination, attracted quite some travelers from China and run non-stop air routes with a number of Chinese cities. It also formed sistership with China's Hainan Province, an island province also known for its tourist resources in China.
"Jeju takes a unique role in China-ROK friendly exchanges and cooperation so I hope Jeju to contribute more to the non-governmental and intra-locality exchanges between our two countries," he said.
During his stay, Li also visited a park dedicated to a legendary figure named Xu Fu. Xu Fu was recorded by Chinese history to be sent by Qinshihuang, China's first emperor, eastward on a mission to seek life elixir. Local record said Xu was once visited a port in Jeju. To commemorate such event in China-Korea cultural exchange, local government and a friendly organization co-funded to build the park.
ROK is the last leg of Li's four-nation tour, which has already taken him to Australia, Myanmar and Japan.