MUSCATINE, the United States, Feb. 15 (Xinhua) -- A Sino-U.S. friendship center opened in Muscatine, a small city in the U.S. Midwestern state of Iowa, on Friday.
More than 80 old pictures which show memorable moments in friendly bilateral exchanges during the past 40 years are displayed on the walls of the center.
Inside the center, musicians from China enthralled visitors with melodious Chinese folk music by playing zither and other traditional instruments.
At the center there were also two ping pong tables, at which two locals were engaged in a fierce game.
Chinese businessman Glad Cheng traveled to Muscatine in 2013. He bought a former furniture store in downtown Muscatine and turned it into the Sino-U.S. Friendship Center to showcase to both Chinese and American visitors the story of Ping-Pong Diplomacy, the cultural, educational and trade exchanges between China and the United States.
Gloria Newell, a former secondary school teacher, drove 20 miles(some 32 km) to visit the friendship center.
"I am interested in the Chinese culture. When I was a teacher, I liked sharing it with my students and telling them to appreciate and take care of people from different cultures," she told Xinhua.