Thursday, August 31, 2006

Princess Welcomes Swedish Ship

Sweden's Princess Victoria visited Shanghai this week to welcome a replica tall ship into the city's port.
Princess Victoria
The 27-year-old princess was accompanied by her brother Prince Carl Philip for the royal engagement, which began with the pair launching a new exhibition at the CY Tung Maritime Museum. The royal siblings then welcomed the Swedish vessel Gotheborg into the Wusong Port, in the Baoshan District, after 10 months at sea. When Victoria and Carl had climbed aboard, the ship made the short trip to the city's International Cruise Terminal for the official welcoming ceremony.
Gotheborg is an exact replica of the merchant ship that travelled from the Scandinavian country to the bustling Chinese city 250 years ago. The ship will remain in Shanghai for the next two months and will be open to the public. A series of seminars, displays and activities about the history and culture of Sweden will take place in an entertainment area set-up alongside the vessel.

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