Today, on September 29, 2021, I attended the National Day Tea Party for People from All Walks of Life [奋斗百年路 启航新征程 合肥市各界人士迎国庆茶话会] in the city hall of Hefei [合肥市]. It was a very enjoyable event, attended by – indeed – people from all walks of life, ranging from political representatives of different parties over religious representatives, minorities, foreign experts, to policemen and business leaders. Every year, our city arranges such a nice event between the Mid-Autumn Holiday and the National Day (last year, it was the Hefei Mid-Autumn Tea Party for People from All Walks of Life) and I am always looking forward to it.
The meeting began with four short speeches by Qingrui HE [民主党派], representative of the democratic parties and the Federation of Industry and Commerce [民主党派、工商联代表何庆瑞发言]; Zhuo CHENG [程卓], representative of member entrepreneurs [委员企业家代表]; Bing HAN [韩冰], chairman of the Municipal Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference [市政协主席]; and Aihua YU [虞爱华], member of the Standing Committee of the Provincial Party Committee and Secretary of the Municipal Party Committee [省委常委、市委书记]. The interesting speeches shortly outlined the achievements and progress of our city, as well as the positive and forward-looking plans for the future. Then, moderated by Mrs. Teng MA [马腾] and Mr. Nan HU [胡南], the cultural program took place. It included the dance performance "Happiness Avenue" [舞蹈《幸福大道》] by the Dance Team of the Hefei Song and Dance Troupe [合肥市歌舞团舞蹈队], the song "I am waiting for you in Hefei" [我在合肥等着你] by Lei ZHANG [张磊], the poetic recitation "Youth China" [青春中国] by Shan JIN [金山], Cuilan GONG [龚翠兰], Shijia ZUO [左士佳], and Miao XU [许淼], the song "My China" [我的中国] performed by Laifa SUN [孙来法], and the commemoration of brave young women who lost their life in service of their country "Daughter of the Party" [党的女儿] performed by Tingting DUAN [段婷婷], Liu YU [郁柳], and Ya TENG [滕亚]. The tea party ended with the song and dance "Yearning" [歌舞《向往》] performed by Xiaoguang YAN [闫晓光], Xiaolong GUO [郭小龙], Sisi ZHENG [正思思], Hui WANG [王惠] and the Hefei Song and Dance Troupe [合肥市歌舞团舞蹈队]. Like every year, the meeting was most enjoyable and I even had the chance to meet another foreign colleague for a brief chat.