the '99 international great wall art festival opened today at the foot of the
juyong pass section of the wall. the opening of the festival was led by
miao ethnic nationality dancers from central china's hunan province. the hong kong
city contemporary dance company displayed a multicultural flavor in their
dance, and a folk dance troupe from colombia presented carnival dances. artists
from taipei and thailand also performed at the opening ceremony. with the
theme of cherishing and protecting peace, the festival will last 45 days and
feature artists from brazil, finland, belarus, canada, and other countries.