OREANDA-NEWS Head of the Department of international exchanges of Zhengzhou University (people's Republic of China) Zhou To, having visited the children's center "Artek" on Friday, said that, perhaps, in August, the first group of children from China will come to "Artek".

"We hope that in August we will be able to bring the first group of children from China to Artek," the press service of Artek quotes Zhou As saying.

In turn, Acting Director of "Artek" center Konstantin Fedorenko noted that "the doors of the international children's center are open to the whole world." The Head of "Artek" said that the business agenda of the meeting with the Chinese guest is to discuss the mechanisms of children's exchange and expressed the hope that the basis of the competitive selection of Chinese children will be the desire to learn Russian. "Today we discuss the details of the exchange and selection of children from both sides. We would like the competitions on which the selection will be based to relate to the knowledge of the Russian language and culture", - said Fedorenko.

According to the press service, Zhou Then expressed his admiration for the "Artek" and noted its attractiveness to Chinese students. "As soon as we saw Artek, we realized that it is the most beautiful place on earth, and Chinese children must visit it. The purpose of my visit is to promote cultural and educational exchange of young people of China and Russia," Zhou To said, adding that in China the popularity of the Russian language is growing and in high school, many students learn Russian and pass the exam.

Zhou To highly appreciated the modern infrastructure of the children's center, educational opportunities, the level of medical support and safety of children. He visited the all-Russian children's book fair, which is held in Artek. He noted that despite the popularity of reading on smartphones and tablets, Chinese educational institutions and agencies have a special policy of promoting paper books - a treasure of culture and civilization. Fedorenko agreed with him, noting that "adults should show their own example of the attitude to the book - the book should be in the hands of an adult."