[Face to Face] Interview with the Hungarian Consulate-General in Chongqing

27th June 2018


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The CQ Expat Guide are honored to have interviewed Mr. Dióssi Lóránd, the Consul-General of Hungary in Chongqing. Enjoy the interview and feel free to contact us if you have any more questions!

Hungary is a beautiful country. Could you please give a brief introduction?

You’re welcome to come to Hungary! One thing Hungary and Chongqing both have in common are that both of them are famous places of hot springs. Hungarians settled down in Europe coming from the East. That is, our thoughts and ways of speaking are very similar to China's, such as that primary things come first and the secondary follows, while many other countries in Europe are the opposite. The order of our dates is the Y/M/D, the family name we say first followed by the given name, because family is the most important. Finally, our dishes are the spiciest in Europe, and we like to eat spicy food. But of course, ours can't compare to Chongqing's!

Is it because of climatic reasons?

It’s for historical reasons. The climate is dry and the temperature is like in Shanxi Province.

Is there anything special about Budapest besides the hot springs?

It’s just like Chongqing, because there are mountains and rivers, including the Danube, the second longest river in Europe, and the scenery is very charming.

Have you ever taken the light rail in Chongqing?

I drive a lot, but I will take the light rail when I know there will be a traffic jam. I like football very much, so I often go to the Olympic Sports Center in Jiulongpo. It is very convenient to take the light rail from my home in Yuzhong, and only takes about ten minutes. The 2 line of Chongqing’s light rail is very similar to the 2 line of Budapest's tram network which are both along the river with beautiful scenery.

How’s the commute in Budapest?

There are not many cars, and Budapest was the first city in mainland Europe to build a subway. The subway design is very distinct and beautiful because it was built more than a hundred years ago.

Are there any recent cultural exchange activities?

We have activities twice a year, which are the "Budapest Spring" and "Budapest Autumn" Cultural Festivals. "Budapest Spring" this year was a festival with activities such as film events, folk songs, and dance troupe performances. We will have more activities in the future, and we will hold the "Budapest Autumn" this fall. In particular, the largest and most comprehensive Hungarian Contemporary Art Exhibition will be held in Chongqing.

In education, Hungarian language courses at Sichuan International Studies University started two years ago. Hungarian grammar is very similar to some Eastern Asian languages.

In terms of economic and trade activities, we have a hot spring resort project in Banan District and a kayaking project in Changshou District. In 2017, the bilateral trade value between Hungary and Chongqing reached 180 million USD, up by 9.1% year-on-year.

Chongqing and Hungary are both considered famous places of hot springs. Are there any differences between them?

In addition to leisure, the hot springs in Hungary are mainly for medical use, which is good for your health. Therefore, we are now doing a hot spring project that highlights the medicinal effects of our hot springs here in Chongqing. In the summer, people can enjoy hot springs as well, and we attract a large number of tourists. The people of Chongqing are very good to us and are always welcome to come visit!

In 2017, the number of Chinese tourists to Hungary exceeded 230,000, and the number of Hungarian Schengen visas issued by our consulate general doubled.

Is there a direct flight from Chongqing to Hungary?

Beijing has one, but I hope there will be one added in Chongqing in the future.

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