October 13 – President of People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, who arrived here on the two-day state visit on Saturday afternoon was given grand farewell today.
Government employees, security personnel and general people were there along the route from Soaltee Hotel to Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) from where his Carcade had passed to give him adieu.
President Xi exited from Soaltee Hotel, where he had stayed, at 1:45 pm for TIA and a large number of people including government employees, youths, students, and members of the general public had been waiting for around two hours along the both sides of the route, waving national flags of both countries to say him goodbye.
In course of the farewell, cultural musical bands performed and Panchebaja (a set of Nepali traditional musical instruments) were played. Traditional dances were also performed.
People largely lined up along the route from Kalimati, Tripureshwor, Thapathali, Maitighar Mandal, Babar Mahal, Tinkune to TIA entrance for giving farewell to the Chinese dignitary and his entourage. They seemed enthusiastic and happy to witness the moments of arrival and departure of President Xi.
The Chinese President had arrived here at 4:45 pm on the two-day state visit at the friendly invitation of President Bidya Devi Bhandari and returned home at 2: 15 pm today.
Extensive preparations had been made to make President Xi’s stay in Nepal comfortable and enjoyable. Welcome gates and cultural banners were placed at various locations along the route and roadsides were decorated with flower vases for the warm welcome of Chinese President.
Slogans like “Nepal-China Friendship as Tall as Sagarmatha (Mt Everest)”, “Nepal-China Friendship: Immense, Deep and Firm”, and “Hearty Welcome to the Country of the Buddha and Mt. Everest”, were inscribed on the banners and the welcome gates.

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