Greek twins Marianna and Sofia Erotokritou were officially named ”Ambassadors of Greek Tourism in China,” on Thursday by the Greek Ministry of Tourism.
The two young women have been living and studying International Trade and Economics in China since 2013.
Since then, they have been engaged in a series of initiatives to promote the Sino-Greek friendship.
According to China’s Xinhua news agency, the two Greek women ”have produced several tourist videos in Chinese about Greece’s destinations, culture, and way of life, attracting in some cases over one million views on Chinese social media.”
The Erotokritou sisters also teach the Greek language online to more than 2,000 students free of charge!
”Initially, we began by uploading videos, along with live-streaming from Greece in Mandarin, focusing on popular tourist spots, the traditional food we sampled, and the experiences we had. To our surprise, we started receiving hundreds of positive comments and requests online, especially from young people in China and so we decided to do more videos to promote our country,” the two women mentioned on their website.
In a post on social media, the Greek Ministry of Tourism noted that the goal of this honor is to ”strengthen the image of Greece abroad and boosting the cooperation between the two countries.”
Who Are these Greek Twins of China?
According to their official website, the two young women say that ”after graduating high school, we decided to follow a somewhat more difficult and unknown path for furthering our education, than our fellow students. With the encouragement of our father, we chose to study in China and particularly in the Chinese language.”
”In September 2013, we arrived in China for a one-year intensive language course at Nanjing Norma University in south China. Despite initial difficulties and challenges, related mainly to language limitations, very quickly we adapted to local conditions, culture, and the Chinese way of life,” the Greek twin girls noted.
In 2014, the two girls moved to the Chinese capital Beijing where they joined the University of International Business and Economics, majoring in Economics and International Trade.
”We graduated in 2018, with distinction. We are currently finishing our MBA degree from the same University from where we expect to graduate in June 2020. Our studies were merely the end of the beginning,” the new ”Ambassadors of Greek Tourism in China,” note.
However, this is not the first distinction the two Greek twins have received.
In 2017, the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nikos Anastasiades, honored the Erotokritou sisters for their ”outstanding achievement for the promotion of Hellenism in China.”