That endearing hospitality of Wuhan
Narayan Neupane, WUHAN, CHINA: The warm hospitality and managerial brilliance demonstrated by China to host over 10,000 guests from 109 countries in the recently held 7th CISM Military World Games at Wuhan was phenomenal.
The Games where military athletes had participated was held at 60,000 seat capacity-Wuhan Sports Centre from October 18-27.
The magnificent way the Games was organized and the guests were handled had given an opportunity to the international community to learn how such a grand event could be successfully organized with meticulous planning and through execution.
The guests arriving China to participate in this mega sport event were received at the airports by volunteers trained in English language to address the linguistic issues in communication. They would strike the conversation, with winsome smiles and in short sentences like ‘Ni Hao’ (Hello in Chinese), ‘Follow me’ and not to mention.
Likewise, a large number of volunteers, most of then were college-goers, were mobilized to facilitate the players, sport officials as well as the media team right from the airports to hotel and venues such as media centres and sports venues.
Their tendency to seek solutions for any minor or major issues through collective effort had marveled the guests and could manage to teach the value of ‘collective wisdom’ that Chinese stress on.
They were subtly inspiring the guests with their disciplinary behaviors and demeanor in which they dealt with the guests as if ‘humility’ and ‘politeness’ were their middle names!
Most of them were carrying cell phones with an app that could convert Chinese words to English promptly, putting them at ease for communication with the foreign guests.
While the guests were given a tour of some heritage sites and tourists sports after the Games was over, they briefed the guests about the places in such a way as if they had been appointed the ‘goodwill ambassadors’ of Wuhan.
Furthermore, they would welcome and see off the players and officials be it at residence, stadium or other places by systematically queuing up and greeting them rather than crowding the place and creating a commotion.
Similarly, security arrangements proved to be foolproof and arrangement for transport system had no room for complaints.
In the event where Nepal Army (NA)’s players were marking its first participation saw altogether 329 sport competitions held under 27 different sports categories including two exhibition games.
Chinese President Xi Jinping had inaugurated the event amid a glittering ceremony that began with the torchbearers conducting march past.
Audiences were enthralled by artists charmingly impersonating as high hills, oceans, agricultural lands and the like in the stadium during the inaugural.
The ‘Yellow Temple’ situated nearby the Yangtze River in Wuhan and the use of multicolored-electric lights to decorate the river bank had elated the guests.
Guests were spoilt for choices for food in the huge canteen that could cater to as many as 4,000 people at a go.
Another commendable aspect of the event turned out to be avoidance of fire-crackers during the closing ceremony considering its adverse impact of on the environment.
China had constructed ‘Military Sports Village’ with some 40 skyscrapers in view of making this Game historic and well-managed. A 10-km underground train was built to link the Village with other venues where sports events had taken place.
We came to learn that the Wuhan provincial government planted tall green trees on the both sides of the roads to promote greenery in the city that is one of the most populous cities in central China.
NA, which was marking its first participation in the event, had competed for 13 sports categories. Although Nepal could not clinch any medals in the Games, it had earned accolades for the brilliant performances by the players of badminton, boxing and taekwondo.
NA utilized this platform to publicize the Nepal’s government’s Visit Nepal 2020, a campaign to attract 2 million tourists in 2020 and to expand the military diplomacy, said Colonel Shashi Kiran, who was the NA team flag bearer in the Games. He viewed, “We got to experience services and hospitality par excellence.”
According to him, the Chinese side had left no stone unturned to make the foreign guests ‘feel at home’ in their land by minutely taking care of their needs such as different types of foods for sportspersons and wide variety of cuisine catering to all kind of food preferences of the guests.’
The provincial government of Wuhan had deployed adequate numbers of volunteers in various spots such as metro train stations, government buses and big shopping centres to facilitate the guests. RSS
Published Date: Saturday, November 9th, 2019 | 06:23 PM