《单车枫叶情》 序言 加拿大驻华大使 赵朴
Guy Saint-Jacques, Ambassador of Canada to the People’s Republic of China
I am pleased to have the opportunity to write congratulatory words for this book, which tells about the 137 day, 5,500km journey of Vicky and Pinky, who have seen Canada in a way that most Canadians haven’t. I congratulate them on their trip, and thank them for sharing their experience through this book. Theirs is a story worth recounting, and I would also like to thank Fudan University Press for publishing the book in simplified Chinese, bringing the duo’s discovery of Canada closer to our mainland China friends.
This is my fourth posting to China, and I have witnessed the development of our bilateral relationship over the years. There have been numerous Canadian high-level visits to China in recent years, including by our Prime Minister in 2012, and our Governor General in 2013. A common theme to these visits is the importance of exchanges related to areas such as tourism and education. These exchanges help build cross-cultural awareness; they help create the people-to-people links that deepen and grow the Canada-China relationship. Since China granted Canada Approved Destination Status in 2010, the number of Chinese visitors to Canada has grown exponentially. I have no doubt that this trend will continue as our ties become even stronger. I hope that Chinese visitors to Canada enjoy discovering Canada as much as I have and am enjoying discovering the many faces of China.
Whether it is a wilderness adventure unlike anywhere in the world, enjoying our pristine environment, or a rich cultural experience in one of Canada’s great cities, there is plenty for visitors to do and see in Canada. Vicky and Pinky have seen natural wonders such as the Northern Lights, the Rocky Mountains and Niagara Falls, and they have also spent time in countless Canadian villages, towns and cities. They have met Canadians from all over the country and shared stories with them. They have sampled delicious and healthy Canadian food specialties. I hope that the story Vicky and Pinky recount in this book inspires others to seek adventure and friendship in Canada, no matter how big or small their tour is.
In Canada, there is something for everyone. I encourage you to go and see for yourself. In the meantime, enjoy the reading journey!