KATHMANDU: Nepal received unprecedented religious and tourism mileage as the Birthplace of Lord Buddha at the 5th Sichuan International Travel Expo 2018 held in Leshan, China from September 6-9.

Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Rabindra Prasad Adhikari led the official delegation of lawmakers, Mayors of Lumbini, Tansen and Ramgram, Nepal Tourism Board, Lumbini Development Trust and private sector members.

He addressed the opening ceremony at the expo and visited the Nepal Pavilion in addition to holding several high level meetings with the Governor of Sichuan, the Mayor of Leshan, Heads of the famous Dado Zen temple and Leshan Buddha temple to discuss mutual cooperation and promotion of tourism in the very potential China market.

The highlight of the visit was the signing of MOU between Leshan, the home of the biggest Buddha statue in the world and Lumbini, Tansen and Ramgram for promotion of Buddhist tourism.

Minister Adhikari and the Mayor of Leshan have expressed great commitment in strengthening the ties between Leshan and Lumbini and this will definitely go a long way in promoting Nepal’s tourism in China.