Israeli consulate launches design competition

The Israel Consulate General in Shanghai recently launched a design competition, calling for innovative diplomatic gift ideas to honor the 70th birthday of the country.
Ti Gong

The Israel Consulate General in Shanghai recently launched a design competition, calling for innovative diplomatic gift ideas to honor the 70th birthday of the country.

“Innovation Impression” not only celebrates the nation’s 70th anniversary, but also marks the 26th year of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Israel.

Those in Shanghai, as well as the surrounding areas of Anhui, Jiangsu, Jiangxi and Zhejiang provinces, are invited to participate and submit a design of a tie or scarf by April 26. The winners will each receive a free trip to Israel.

“When celebrating 70 years of Israel’s independence, we were thinking in what way we can combine the spirit of Chinese people and the spirit of Jewish people so that we can feel out of this how Chinese people look at Israel,” Dr Eyal Propper, consul general of Israel in Shanghai, told Shanghai Daily.

“We decided to do something that will be nice and beautiful and represent something real — we will use it as an official diplomatic gift.”

Shanghai is a special city for many Jewish people. Residents of Hongkou District protected more than 30,000 Jewish refugees during World War II. 

Many of their descendants have come back to track their family’s footsteps in China.

Those interested can submit their designs of a tie (9cmx150cm) or a scarf (70cmx70cm) to designIsrael@163.com, plus a 300-word self-introduction and contact information, by 11:59pm on April 26.

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