Turku will be visited by the Chinese top chef Zhao Yingbing from the city of Chongqing. The chef, whose achievements include winning the Seafood Cuisine in China contest and the China Golden Chef Award, will be paying a visit to Turku as part of the Food & Fun food festival taking place between 27 September and 1 October.

Zhao Yingbing will be bringing a pop-up restaurant to Turku and cooking traditional Chinese Hot Pot dinner made using vegetables provided by the local Lindroth Nursery (Lindrothin Puutarha) and Finnish meat. The restaurant will be open for one night only at the Marina Bar & Lounge of the Radisson Blu Marina Palace Hotel on Friday 29 September from 7 p.m. onwards.

In addition, the chef will be shooting a travel programme in the Turku region, reaching hundreds of millions of viewers in China.

Programme for 900 million viewers

Zhao Yingbing will be accompanied by a filming crew who shoots a programme for a Chinese TV channel operating in Chongqing. Chongqing Broadcasting Group is one of the most important media houses in China and its broadcasts are viewed by over 900 million Chinese viewers.

In addition to Turku, one the best known Chinese chef instructors Zhao Yingbing and his crew will also be visiting Rovaniemi. The programme shot in Finland will be promoting the entire country as a travel destination and in the Turku region, the destinations include Turku Castle, the Luostarinmäki Handicrafts Museum and the Turku Cathedral.  For the part of culinarism, Finnish culture is represented at the Turku Market Hall and the restaurant Kipinä in Kustavi. Zhao Yingbing and his crew will also be visiting restaurants in Turku, the River Aura and the riverboats. An opportunity to pick berries and mushrooms will be provided in Herrankukkaro, Rymättylä.

Zhao Yingbing will also promote the excellent flight connections between Chongqing, China, and Finland. In addition to the TV show, the visit will have notable visibility in social media channels in China. The visibility is hoped to increase the number of visits to Finland made by Chinese tourists.

Visit Turku is responsible for the arrangements and the programme of the chef’s and the crew’s visit in Turku. Other travel arrangement participants include Finnair, Visit Finland and Visit Rovaniemi.

Visit Turku active in China

The City of Turku and Visit Turku have already been displayed in Chongqing on several occasions. In December 2016, Turku was made familiar as a travel destination during the Finnish Culture Week event organised by Visit Finland and Finnair. During the summer of 2017, the Finnish Santa Clause and pupil visits to Finland were marketed together with Visit Rovaniemi.

According to Anne-Marget Hellén, Director of Tourism with the City of Turku, marketing directed towards China naturally aims at making the region better known and increasing the number of Chinese visitors in Turku.  Turku is introduced for the Chinese as a Scandinavian city where one can experience European city culture, taste Finnish food and experience nature.

- In collaboration with the Chinese Kylin Travel, Visit Turku also arranges expert visits to Turku.  Moreover, at the beginning of this year, we opened a social media account in the Chinese social media service Weibo, says Hellén.