Thursday 11 October Their Majesties The King and Queen officially arrived in Dunhuang in the north-west of China. Their arrival marked the beginning of Their Majesties' second state visit to China. The first took place in October 1997. The King and Queen are accompanied by a large delegation of representatives of the Norwegian Government, industry and commerce.
The term "state visit" refers to the official visit by one head of state to another. State visits encourage, enhance and strengthen contact with other countries. The purpose of a state visit is to build relations and promote Norwegian interests abroad.
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Welfare and winter sports
After their initial days in the city of Dunhuang, Their Majesties The King and Queen are continuing their State Visit to the People's Republic of China in the capital city of Beijing. Welfare development and cooperation on winter sports were on the agenda today.
Visit to the Mogao Caves
To be listed as a world heritage site, a place must fulfil one of six criteria. The Mogao Caves fulfil all six. Today, Their Majesties The King and Queen were given the opportunity to visit this extraordinary place.
State Visit to China
Their Majesties King Harald and Queen Sonja began their State Visit to the People's Republic of China today. Their visit will take place in Dunhuang, Beijing and Shanghai at the invitation of His Excellency President Xi Jinping.