NEW YORK, Aug. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- With the 2016 US-China Tourism year in full swing, both the United States and China are carrying out closer cultural exchanges than ever before. On August 12th, baseball fans flocked to the Citi Field baseball stadium in the New York metropolitan area to witness the New York Mets take on the San Diego Padres for Friday evening's baseball game. Fans also had the opportunity to experience "An Evening of Chinese Culture" which allowed them to learn more about Chinese culture and discover travel opportunities in China. This year marked the ninth consecutive year the New York Mets baseball team has partnered with the Sino-American Friendship Association to host the US-China cultural event at Citi Field.
During "An Evening of Chinese Culture," one of China's greatest historical, cultural and scenic wonders - the world's largest stone-carved Buddha - Leshan Giant Buddha from the western province of Sichuan, China - was showcased to Americans. With a history of over 1,300 years old, it is the only UNESCO World Natural and Culture heritage site in western China.