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Chinese Pianist Lang Lang crowned New York City's Cultural Tourism Ambassador

Updated: 2016-09-21 05:52

NEW YORK -- Famed Chinese Pianist Lang Lang was named New York City's first-ever Cultural Tourism Ambassador by Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday, as part of the U.S.-China Tourism Year events that promote travel and tourism between the United States and China.

Lang was also inducted into the Ride of Fame by the Grey Line Company, which operates the city's iconic double-decker sightseeing buses. He was also presented with a double-decker bus, with a permanent artwork and a special seat decorated with his photo and signature.

"I'm so excited, today will be a very long and beautiful memory that stays in my mind forever," Lang said at the induction ceremony on Sixth Avenue between 43rd and 44th Street outside Steinway Hall in the Borough of Manhattan.

Lang said as the city's Cultural Tourism Ambassador, he will invite friends from China to New York City and enjoy the best classical music and cultural events.

He will also encourage friends and fans to travel to China and experience the wonderful culture there.

New York City also proclaimed Sept. 20, 2016 as "Lang Lang Day" in the city.

In 2015, 2.67 million Chinese visited the United States. "New York City is definitely the #1 dream destination in 2016 for Chinese travelers," said Pierre Gervois, Publisher of the Shanghai travelers' Club magazine.

He said the attractivity of New York City is extremely strong for all categories of Chinese travelers, from Chinese real estate investors to students.

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