Report on the 2014 China Tour sponsored by the China Cultural Centre in Malta
For a couple of weeks, between the 27th August and the 11th of September 2014, three artists, an Educational Projects Service Manager and a journalist enjoyed the invitation by the China Cultural Centre in Malta, for touring Beijing and Shanghai in China. These were Augustine Baldacchino and Mary Attard, both photographers, Ray Axiaq a painter, Anna Maria Gilson, Educational Service Manager and Fiona Vella a freelance journalist.
Two excellent Chinese guides were at their service; Nick covered Beijing and Stephen Shanghai. Both were excellent in their historical and background information of all the places visited.
Some of the highlights in Beijing were the Great Wall of China, Tienamen Square, the Forbidden City, China Contemporary Museum, a private Art Gallery, Bei Hai Park with lake, the National Museum of History, Lama Temple, Confucius Temple (Kong Miao), Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace. We were taken to Art Complexes, shopping centers and markets and the Bund for the night life with bars and restaurants all lighted up and reflected in the river. A visit to a Chinese Opera was also fitted in and a peep behind the scenes also allowed while the artists were doing their makeup and preparing for the show.
Shanghai, known as the New York of the East is a very modern and advanced city with plenty of skyscrapers of all shapes and sizes which are quite a site when lit up and reflected in the river at night. A visit also was organised to Yu Garden and the Shanghai Museum and Planning Center. A lovely trip towards the end of our Shanghai visit was to Wuzen village – known as the Venice of China - and the various museums in the area.
Hotel accommodation was first class and the restaurants chosen provided variety and sophistication giving the participants a chance to savor the culinary culture of the country.
An invitation by the Chinese Educational dignitaries to a lovely lunch was organised where everyone shared experiences and Maltese souvenirs given.
Thanks goes to Mr Gu Hongxing from the Chinese Cultural Center in Malta, for his selection of the 5 participants in experiencing such a lovely and unique chance to understand the Chinese culture. Thanks go also to Mr E V Borg who had recommended the three artists for the China tour.
An event at the China Culture Center in Malta was held on December 2014 where an exhibition from the 3 artists was held on their experience on China, together with a Power Point Presentation about the participants’ visit. Check out images from the event here.