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In commemoration of the 2560th anniversary of the birth of Confucius and the 30th anniversary of the establishment of Sino-US diplomatic relations, the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Houston , in association with the Houston Chinese-American community, gifted this statue of Confucius to the City of Houston on September 26, 2009. 

Confucius, a great thinker and educator of ancient China , emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice, and sincerity. Confucius’ teachings, preserved in The Analects (Lunyu), have had a profound influence on the civilization of East Asia

This statue of Confucius serves as a token of goodwill and friendship between the Chinese people and American people, and enriches the cultural diversity of the United States .

Message From Gao Yan Ping
Consul General of the Consulate General of the P. R. China in Houston 

Dear Friends,

On September 26, 2009, the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in Houston, in association with the local Chinese Community, is presenting a statue of Confucius as a gift to the City of Houston. The statue, which was crafted by the renowned sculptor Willy Wang, is seated in the International Sculpture Garden of the Hermann Park.

Confucius, the worldwide known ancient Chinese educator and thinker, has deeply influenced numerous people through his teachings and philosophy for over two thousand years. The idea of putting a Confucius Statue in the Hermann Park was initiated by a group of Chinese Community leaders, who have dedicated themselves to promoting China-US friendship and cultural understanding between local communities, and raised funds for this project.

The year of 2009 marks the 2560th anniversary of Confucius's Birth and the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the United States. I truly believe that the statue of Great Confucius will serve as a symbol of friendship between the Chinese and American people, and help enrich cultural diversity of the City of Houston.

Wish you all best luck.

Sincerely yours,

Gao Yan Ping
Consul General 
of the Consulate General of the P.R. China in Houston

Message From Bill White
Mayor of Houston

Dear Consul General Gao, Yanping and Friends of Confucius Sculpture for Hermann Park:

On behalf of the City of Houston, I thank you for the very generous gift of a bronze sculpture of Great Confucius to the citizens of Houston to be dedicated and placed today in the Hermann park International Sculpture Garden.

This very beautiful artwork, created by international renowned Houston artist Willie Wang, will serve as a wonderful tribute to this famous leader, education and philosopher whose teachings are so well know and respected around the world.

The City congratulates the Friends of Confucius Sculpture for Hermann park for their efforts in making this gift for Houston a reality.

This year marks the thirtieth anniversary of the renewal of Sino-American relations. I can think of no more fitting time to dedicate this statue and to celebrate and honor the ongoing and steadfast relationships our City has with China and its many citizens who reside in Houston.


Bill White


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