Prince William launches China-UK cultural year

 

 

 

 

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BEIJING  |  2015-03-02 18:52:52

 

Prince William launches

China-UK cultural year

 

By Wang Xiuqiong

 

 

Britain’s Prince William launched a China-UK cultural event in Beijing on Monday of March 2 during his first-ever visit to China, by dotting the eyes of a sculpture of British cartoon character Shaun the Sheep.

Using a Chinese writing brush and red ink, the Duke of Cambridge added the finishing touches to the eyes of the sheep, which features a Union Jack design by British artist Dan Heffer and echoes the animal symbol of this Chinese lunar year.

The ceremony, drawn from the auspicious Chinese tradition of dotting the lion’s eye in a lion dance to bring good fortune and taking place at the residence of the British Ambassador to China, marked the start of the 2015 China-UK Year of Cultural Exchange.

William chatted with Chinese artists and representatives of the arts before the ceremony but gave no speeches.

He will attend the GREAT Festival of Creativity in Shanghai, where more than 500 British artists, designers and companies will be represented, on Tuesday, and head to southwest China’s Yunnan Province later.

The prince’s visit to China is the first by a senior British royal in nearly three decades, since Queen Elizabeth II’s tour in 1986.

The Shaun the Sheep sculpture is among a number of models of the character to be exhibited as part of the Year of Cultural Exchange. Fifty Shaun the Sheep sculptures with designs by British and Chinese artists will be displayed in five cities across China this year, according to the Cultural and Education Section of the British Embassy in Beijing.

Around 30 projects will showcase UK culture in China in the first half of the year, while the second half will bring Chinese culture to the UK, said Nick Marchand, creative director of the Year of Cultural Exchange.

China and the UK are witnessing deeper and deeper cultural exchanges and have a lot to learn from each other, not only about their historical cultures but also about their modern culture, said Sajid Javid, the UK secretary of state for culture, media and sport.

“We’d love to export more into China with our creative sector, but I think for China it would like to do the same, to seize Britain as a great destination for that investment and to learn about how you can expand that creative sector more and make it more attractive throughout the world,” he told reporters.

Creative industries contributed 5 percent of the UK economy in 2013 and grew at a speed of 10 percent year on year, according to the embassy’s cultural and education section.

Several collaborative projects between Chinese and British cultural sectors are under way, Marchand said: Britain’s Royal Court Theatre is working with new Chinese writers and a British publishing company is looking at translating the works of some Chinese contemporary writers into English.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEIJINGForbidden City 

 

Britain’s Prince William (center) visits the Imperial Palace, or the Forbidden City, in Beijing,

on March 2, 2015.   Photo by Jin Liangkuai

 

Britain’s Prince William visits the Imperial Palace, or the Forbidden City, in Beijing,

on March 2, 2015.   Photos by Jin Liangkuai

 

Britain’s Prince William (2nd from right) visits the Imperial Palace, or the Forbidden City,

in Beijing, on March 2, 2015.   Photo by Jin Liangkuai

 

Britain’s Prince William (left) visits the Imperial Palace, or the Forbidden City, in Beijing,

on March 2, 2015.   Photo by Jin Liangkuai

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEIJINGShijia Hutong Museum

 

Britain’s Prince William (left) visits the Shijia Hutong Museum in Beijing on March 2, 2015.

Photo by Jin Liangkuai

 

Britain’s Prince William (1st from right) visits the Shijia Hutong Museum in Beijing on March 2, 2015.

Photo by Jin Liangkuai

 

Britain’s Prince William (1st from right) visits the Shijia Hutong Museum in Beijing on March 2, 2015.

Photo by Jin Liangkuai

 

Britain’s Prince William visits the Shijia Hutong Museum in Beijing on March 2, 2015.  

Photo by Jin Liangkuai

 

Britain’s Prince William visits the Shijia Hutong Museum in Beijing on March 2, 2015.

Photo by Jin Liangkuai

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEIJING  |   2015-03-02 19:52:04

 

Netizens welcome

Prince William to China

 

By Li Huizi

 

 

When Britain’s Prince William arrived in Beijing on Sunday of March 1 for his first visit to China, the Chinese public seemed to be as interested in British TV shows and royal weddings as his historic visit.

Some netizens came over all nostalgic about the prince’s royal wedding to Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, which made headlines in China in 2011. The duchess remained in the UK as she is pregnant with the couple’s second child.

While others, unfazed by the prince’s love story, used William’s visit to renew calls for the return of Chinese cultural relics stolen by Britain and other imperialist powers in history.

Many just wanted the prince to use his power to expedite the next season of the BBC’s Sherlock series.

The four day tour, the highest profile visit by a member of the royal family to China since Queen Elizabeth II’s tour in 1986, will take the Duke of Cambridge to Beijing, Shanghai and southwestern Yunnan Province.

The Chinese people are familiar with the faraway island country thanks to its TV shows, such as Sherlock Holmes and Downton Abbey, which have helped to maintain the nation’s interest in learning English and overseas study.

For years, the Chinese people have shown great interest in news relating to the British royal family. Even in the 1990s, the pre-Internet era, they paid great attention to the death of late Princess Diana, William’s mother, and other royal love stories.

“I watched the live coverage of [William and Kate's] wedding with my mom after school. I loved it,” said web user Little piggy from the South.

Contrasting the positive messages, indignation was seen online after comments in Monday’s news that Prince William toured the Palace Museum, also known as the Forbidden City, in Beijing.

The Forbidden City was once home to China’s emperors and was the highest center of power from 1420 to 1911. However, it is also synonymous with the corruption of the Qing Dynasty, which partly led to decades of invasion by Britain and other powers.

Wang Yiwei of the Renmin University of China said that although the British Royal family plays a non-political role, it remains symbolic of British culture and tradition.

Thus, Wang said, as William had shown more interest in China’s younger generation, it can be taken to represent the shifting view of British society toward China.

 

 

 

 

 

 

SHANGHAI GREAT Festival of Creativity

 

Britain’s Prince William attends the GREAT Festival of Creativity in Shanghai, east China,

on March 2, 2015.   Photo by Yang Yijun

 

 

 

 

 

 

SHANGHAI Education UK Alumni Awards

 

Britain’s Prince William delivers a speech at British Council’s Inaugural Education UK Alumni

Awards ceremony in Shanghai, east China, on March 3, 2015.   Photo by Yang Yijun

 

Britain’s Prince William attends British Council’s Inaugural Education UK Alumni Awards

ceremony in Shanghai, east China, on March 3, 2015.   Photo by Yang Yijun

 

 

 

 

 

 

SHANGHAI - Shanghai Film Museum

 

Britain’s Prince William attends the Chinese premiere of “Paddington” at Shanghai Film Museum

in Shanghai, east China, on March 3, 2015.   Photos by Jin Liangkuai

 

Britain’s Prince William walks with a person wearing a Paddington bear costume during

the Chinese premiere of “Paddington” at Shanghai Film Museum in Shanghai, east China,

on March 3, 2015.   Photo by Jin Liangkuai

 

Britain’s Prince William (right) shakes hands with Chinese actor Chen Xuedong, who dubbed

“Paddington”, during the Chinese premiere of “Paddington” at Shanghai Film Museum

in Shanghai, east China, March 3, 2015.   Photo by Jin Liangkuai

 

Britain’s Prince William (left) receives a gift from a girl during the Chinese premiere of

“Paddington” at Shanghai Film Museum in Shanghai, east China, on March 3, 2015.  

Photo by Jin Liangkuai

 

 

 

 

 

SHANGHAI - Premier League Training Camp

 

Britain’s Prince William poses for a group photo with students during a visit to a Premier League

training camp at Nanyang Secondary School in Shanghai on March 3, 2015.   Photo by Jin Liangkuai

 

Britain’s Prince William interacts with students during a visit to a Premier League training camp

at Nanyang Secondary School in Shanghai  on March 3, 2015.   Photo by Jin Liangkuai

 

Britain’s Prince William interacts with students during a visit to a Premier League training camp

at Nanyang Secondary School in Shanghai on March 3, 2015.   Photos by Jin Liangkuai

 

Britain’s Prince William kicks a ball during a visit to a Premier League training camp at Nanyang

Secondary School in Shanghai on March 3, 2015.   Photo by Jin Liangkuai 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

XISHUANGBANNA Asian Elephant Protection and Breeding Base 

 

Britain’s Prince William visits the Asian Elephant Protection and Breeding Base

in Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Region, southwest China’s Yunnan Province,

on March 4, 2015.   Photos by Hu Chao

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

XISHUANGBANNA - Tropical Botanic Garden

 

Britain’s Prince William speaks at a meeting on biodiversity protection in Xishuangbanna Dai

Autonomous Region, southwest China’s Yunnan Province, on March 4, 2015.   Photos by Hu Chao

 

Britain’s Prince William chats with students at a tropical botanic garden in Xishuangbanna Dai

Autonomous Region, southwest China’s Yunnan Province, on March 4, 2015.   Photo by Hu Chao

 

 

 

 

 

 

XISHUANGBANNA Mengman Village

 

Britain’s Prince William visits Mengman Village in Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Region,

southwest China’s Yunnan Province, on March 4, 2015.   Photos – Xinhua

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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