Chinese Vice Premier Teng Hsiao Ping has been visiting the tiny Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal and after two days of official talks spent his third and last day in a more relaxed atmosphere.
GV: Town to Patan with temple and welcome banners.
SV: Chinese Vice Premier Teng Hsiao Ping arriving in car.
SV: crowd clapping as Teng steps out of car and is greeted (2 shots)
SV: crowd clapping
SV: Teng wearing garlands escorted through town and he waves to crowd (2 shots)
SV: Teng and party looking at temples.
CU: Teng looking up at temple.
SV: pagoda with bronze status on piller in foreground.
SV: Teng and party walking through streets waving to crowds (2 shots)
SV: Teng shaking hands with officials before entering car.
GV PAN: Teng's motorcade leaving.
GV: mountain scenery from Godawari
GV ZOOM TO: Teng seated with Nepalese Prime Minister Kirtinidhi Bista (2 shots)
SV ZOOM IN TO CU: Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Han Nien Lung seated.
GV: Teng and party seated for picnic
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Background: Chinese Vice Premier Teng Hsiao Ping has been visiting the tiny Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal and after two days of official talks spent his third and last day in a more relaxed atmosphere.
SYNOPSIS: On Sunday (5 February) Mr Teng and his party set off from the capital, Kathmandu to visit the ancient city of Patan, about three miles (5 Kilometres) away. A monument to the skills of the Newaris, the original inhabitants of the Kathmandu valley, Patan was built in the year 298 AD and is a city of magnificently carved wood pagodas and temples. On Sunday the population turned out in force to greet the Chinese leader with considerable enthusiasm.
Links between China and Nepal are traditionally and geographically well rooted -- and Mr Teng was accorded the welcoming honour of a garland of sweet-smelling flowers as he started out on his tour of Patan. For the past 10 years China has been one of Nepal's major aid donors along with neighbouring India and the United States.
However, according to Reuters, political observers in Kathmandu have been left with the impression that Mr Teng's visit, hailed in advance as highly significant, was not as productive as had been expected. At a dinner at the Chinese embassy it was announced that a Chinese team would visit Nepal soon to study various new old projects. But in a surprise press briefing Mr Teng expressed reservations over a Nepalese attempt to involve China in a huge regional project to harness the eastern rivers of Nepal, India and Bangladesh.
Before leaving Nepal Mr Teng and his party were treated to a close look at the beauties of the Himalayan scenery. With Nepalese Prime Minister Kirtinidhi Bista and other officials the Chinese party spent time picnicking at the Godwari botanical gardens some 12 miles (17 kilometres) from Kathmandu. Godwari is one of the holiest places in Buddhist and Hindu Nepal and is situated in dense tropical rainforest.
Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Han Nien Lung was also among the guests. The Chinese party later left Kathmandu by plane on their way home via Che?gt? in Szechuan province.