China, the Superpower We Need on Our Side



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Hao Hang Xu (Chinese embassy in Kampala) and Jane Mulungi (Gorilla Highlands); photo by Miha Logar
Hao Hang Xu (Chinese embassy in Kampala) and Jane Mulungi (Gorilla Highlands); photo by Miha Logar

“Do you have it in an electronic form?” first asked Hao Hang Xu when we gave him a paper version Gorilla Highlands Pocket Guide this morning. We do! One can download the more compressed file (6 MB) or opt for the high resolution version (40 MB).

“So you would want to translate it into Chinese?” Hao Hang wanted to understand our plans. Maybe not exactly this booklet but definitely our Gorilla Highlands Video Map and other digital products, we explained.

It was our very first meeting at the Economic and Commercial Counsellor’s Office of the Chinese embassy in Uganda, where Hao Hang serves as third secretary. He was very kind and interested and we hope this is the start of fruitful cooperation.

Our intention is to target adventurous Chinese customers who would wish to come independently but also support Chinese tour companies with interest in Rwanda and Uganda. All that for the sake of economic and social development, of course.

Chinese Business Hotel reception in the Industrial Zone (Kampala); photo by Miha Logar
Chinese Business Hotel reception in the Industrial Zone (Kampala); photo by Miha Logar

The Chinese Business Hotel nearby, an establishment targeting a very specific group of travellers, then became our booklet distribution point. We are planning to visit China in December and do real ground work…