KARACHI - The participants of China-Pakistan friendship car rally on Saturday visited the mausoleum of Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah to pay homage to father of the nation.

The Chinese guests, led by Li Chen Rong placed a floral wreath at the mausoleum and remained silent during recitation of the holy Quran.

The officials of Sindh Tourism Development Corporation, Sindh Government and mausoleum management committee had arranged the visit and briefed the delegation about history of the mausoleum.

Some of Chinese guests were wearing Sindhi Ajrak gifted to them on their arrival in Karachi.

They were impressed as well as delighted to know that work on the installation of a new giant chandelier, brought from China, was in progress at the mausoleum. “We are delighted at the hospitality we have received during our stay in Pakistan," said one of the young participants of the car rally while talking to APP.

She said that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), announced in 2013, was an important initiative taken by the Chinese president. “It is a win-win situation for both China and Pakistan because on its completion, the gigantic project will benefit both the countries; in fact the entire region,” she expressed hope.

"China Pakistan friendship is deeper than the oceans, higher than mountains and sweeter than honey," remarked another participant.

She, however, stressed the need for more exchange of delegations for closer communication and in order to know each other’s history and culture better. Another woman participant, who was carrying her young child along with her, remarked that the visit was "very exciting and unexpected". 

The Chinese friends took keen interest in the belongings of Quaid-e-Azam preserved in the museum. They asked many questions and also took photographs.

They also raised slogans of ‘Pakistan-China Dosti Zandabad.’

"The China-Pakistan Friendship Car Rally will not only highlight the significance of CPEC internationally, but will also further strengthen existing Sino-Pak relations," said an official.

As per schedule, the Chinese guests will be taken to different famous spots in Karachi, including Clifton beach, Marine Club, besides historical buildings and National Museum. As elsewhere in the country, the rally participants also received a very warm welcome and greetings here from the general public.

Before coming to Karachi, the Chinese guests visited Mohenjo Daro, the world’s famous archeological site belonging to Indus valley.

On way to Karachi, in Hyderabad and other stopovers at Super Highway, people gave a very warm welcome to the visitors spontaneously.

They were carrying Pakistani flags and raising slogans - Long Live Pak-China Friendship.

The rally, comprising 20 cars with 52 people on board, has been arranged to highlight the significance of CPEC and the Silk Road initiative.

The rally began from China's Xinjiang Autonomous Region and entered Pakistan via Khunjrab Pass on Oct 14.

They will now fly from here to Muscat today (on Sunday).