In a recent post on Twitter, China’s ambassador to Iran Chang Hua published images of a ceremony dedicated to unveiling Saadi’s bust in the Friendship Park in Nanjing.
Hua said the bronze bust had been presented by the municipality of the southern Iranian city of Shiraz, where Saadi’s tomb is located.
Shiraz and Nanjing are sister cities based on an agreement signed in April 2018.
A bust of Cao Xueqin, the famous Chinese writer of the Qing era, had been installed in Jahan Nama Garden in Shiraz in August.
Saadi is one of the most celebrated Iranian poets. He is known for his famous ghazals and odes as well as for his prose writing. The poet passed away in 1292 at the age of 82.