First Tourism ambassador to Asia says Vancouver is her love

Chinese singer-songwriter Wanting Qu will be Vancouver's first-ever tourism ambassador in Mainland China which was announced by Tourism Vancouver on February 14, 2013. Photograph by Les Bazso, The Vancouver Sun

Chinese singer-songwriter Wanting Qu will be Vancouver’s first-ever tourism ambassador in Mainland China which was announced by Tourism Vancouver on February 14, 2013.
Photograph by Les Bazso, The Vancouver Sun

Adapted from The Vancouver Sun

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It is 13 years ago.
A young woman comes to Vancouver.
Her name is Wanting Qu, and she is 16.
She leaves her home in Harbin, China.
She comes to Vancouver to study.
Later, she writes songs.
She writes songs in Mandarin and English.
She writes in English about her life in Vancouver.
She writes in Mandarin about her life in China.
Her first album is called “Everything in the World”.
This album is in English.
This album is very popular in China,
Hong Kong, Malaysia and Taiwan.


Paper Hearts
Photo by wintersoul1, Flickr

Valentine’s Day 2012
It is February 14 last year.
Wanting is now 28 years old.
She makes a video in her apartment.
Her song plays softly behind her.
She shows how to make a paper heart.
She cuts the heart from a $5 bill.
She says on the video,
“You cannot buy love with money,
but this heart is worth five bucks.”
Then she puts the video on YouTube.
Since last year, fans have put origami art in Wanting’s mailbox.

A red heart
Wanting now uses a red heart for her sign.
The red heart shows her love of Vancouver and her fans.
She likes to write her songs in Vancouver.
Wanting’s home is in Harbin.
But Wanting says, “My heart is in Vancouver.”

Origami crane Photo by Mr. D in DC, Flickr

Origami crane
Photo by Mr. D in DC, Flickr

Valentine’s Day 2013
Wanting becomes the first ambassador
for Tourism Vancouver in Asia on February 14, 2013.
She has thousands of fans in China and Southeast Asia.
Wanting won awards in 2012 in China.
For the past year, her songs are in the top 10 on iTunes.
She performed at China’s CCTV New Year concert.
Over 700 million people watched this program.

Tourists from China
China is third in visitors to Vancouver.
U.S. visitors and UK visitors are first and second.
In a year or two, China will be number one.
Tourism Vancouver says that
the 2010 Winter Olympics also helped
people learn more about Vancouver.

Through Wanting’s eyes
Wanting will share her love of Vancouver.
She will make six videos.
The videos will have her music
and pictures of Vancouver, Whistler and B.C.
Wanting wants people to see B.C. with her eyes.

Paper heart Photo by ldodd (Leigh Dodd), Flickr

Paper heart
Photo by ldodd (Leigh Dodd), Flickr

Four lucky people
Four lucky fans from China will win a trip to B.C.
Wanting will take these fans to see Whistler.
She will show them her favourite places in Vancouver.
This Vancouver singer will be a good ambassador.