Over 180,000 people were attracted to the grand fair, which has been listed as a National Intan
gible Cultural Heritage, and watched the square parade, the fair’s most anticipated activity.
The parade featured over 20 troupe performances included lion dances, a waist drum presentation, stilt walking and
other local folk art shows. The folk parade stretched 2.5 kilometers around Meili town, Wuxi’s Xinwu district.
In celebration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, parade
s float went along the route expressing the people’s gratitude to the country and great expectations for the future.
During the opening ceremony, the first cultural tourism brand of Wuxi Xinwu district, “Tai Bo You Li“, was launched, and product
ions of the district’s history, Wu culture, local intangible cultural heritage and travel routes were staged.
The eight-day event will last until Lantern Festival, and will feature traditional trading fairs,
demonstrations of intangible cultural heritages and folk art, and public cultural activities.
ie Yifeng, president of the Realty Association of Asia-Pacific Cities, said the sliding sales
in January were due to seasonal factors and should not be regarded as a market trend.
“The Spring Festival was the main reason,” he said. “Property developers were not passionate about selling new proj
ects during the holiday, and it was not very realistic for banks to release housing loans before or during the holiday.”
“A significant index was the registered sold property on the government’s website, but government employees were on
a break too and the statistics of sold property registered on the government’s website were not getting a timely upd
ate,” he said. “The real statistics from last December to January will gradually start to be updated in March.”
In fact, Xie predicted the market in 2019 would be better than last year, as he said the real market indicators were the rising land prices and the amount of land sold.
“The decisive factor is the government’s decision on the shantytown redevelopment policy,” he added, pointing
out that this was expected during this year’s session of the National People’s Congress in March.
Zhang Bo, chief analyst at the 58 Anjuke Institute, said apart from buyers being skeptical tow
ard the price, the weakening intention for speculation was another factor contributing to the slow sales in lower-tier cities.
The annual Huaihua Beautiful Country Culture and Arts Festival recently took place in Huna
n province, aiming to involve more villagers in art creation and vitalize local culture.
Hosted by the China Art Association, Hunan Photographers Association and the Huaihua Feder
ation of Literary and Art Circles, this year’s arts festival featured local people performing a vari
ety of disciplines on stage, including wind and percussion music, group dance and Chinese operas.
Unique to this year’s arts festival is a photography exhibition, showcasing 50 pictures taken by mi
grant workers. The photos are selected from the award winners of the 2018 Hunan Province W
orkers Photography Exhibition.
“These photos focus on the extraordinary achievements made by laborers from all wa
lks of life, freeze-framing the wonderful moments of their daily work, presenting their diligence, endeavor and co
mmitment to innovation,” says Liang Xiangfeng, secretary-general of Hunan Photographers Association.
The exhibition is a major measure taken by the association in 2019 in its bid to use the arts to alleviate poverty and promote rural vitalization.
Founder of the arts festival, artist Shu Yong, says: “To vitalize the countryside, we must first vitalize rur
al culture. Only when the local villagers feel proud of their home and culture, can rural vitalization truly be realized.”
The Sao Paulo State Symphony Orchestra of Brazil, the first South American symphony to t
our China, will hold a concert at the Shanghai Grand Theatre on the night of Valentine’s Day.
The event also marked the first time the symphony’s female conductor Marin Alsop is involved in a performance in China.
Alsop, who is one of the most prominent students of the late US musician Leonard Bernstein, introduced the symphony’s m
usic style as “accessible with folk elements” and highly rhythmic, which is “a hallmark of the Brazilian music”.
concert program, she added, is perfect for Valentine’s Day as it “begins with lots of fire and ends with lots of romance”.
The concert opened with Bernstein’s Candide Overture, followed by works from Brazilian composer Heit
or Villa-Lobos and Argentine Alberto Ginastera. The second part featured Sheherazade by Russian artist Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.
Following its China premiere in Shanghai, Alsop and the Sao Pa
ulo symphony will go on to play in Jinan of Shandong province, Beijing and Hong Ko
ng, where the company will feature as the opening performance for the Hong Kong Arts Festival on Feb 21.
Another three prototypes for China’s first homegrown large passenger jet, the C919, will conduct their maiden flights this year, follow
ing the success of a third one on Dec 28, 2018, according to the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China Ltd (COMAC), the maker of the jet.
The 104 prototype test aircraft of the China-made C919 has entered its final assembly stage, the 10
5 is undergoing the assembly of major components, and the main components of the 106 are in pro
duction. The maiden test flights for all three new prototype jets are expected to take place before the end of 2019.
The addition of these three would bring the total number of C919 prototype test aircraft to six.
To date, domestic and overseas buyers have placed orders for 815 of the China-m
ade C919 aircraft.Chinese communities around the world welcomed the Year of th
e Pig on Feb 5, ushering in Lunar New Year with prayers, family feasts and shopping sprees.
Celebrations took place across the globe, ranging from Southeast Asia’s centuries-old Chi
nese communities to the more recently established Chinatowns of Sydney, London, Vancouver, Los Angeles and beyond.
Despite China’s ongoing trade war with the United States, Guangdong province, an economic powerhouse, has found new ways to attain sustainable economic development.
In addition to the construction of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, which helped the province maintain its strong growth momentum, inn
ovation in science and technology was the key to sustainable economic growth last year, Wang Ruijun, director-general of
the provincial Department of Science and Technology, told local media recently.
Wang said the provincial government spared no effort to promote innovation after President X
i Jinping urged Guangdong to further develop its innovative industries during last year’s tw
o sessions – the annual meetings of China’s top legislature and advisory body.
Wang said Guangdong has invested more than 4 billion yuan ($593 million) to help build seven provi
ncial-level laboratories and 72 other major scientific research projects to support economic development.
It has also actively integrated its scientific and technological development into the country’s de
velopment plan for major scientific and technological projects, while building the Guangdong-H
ong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Innovation Center of Science and Technology, he said.
In celebration of Chinese New Year, from 28th January to 24th February Hakkasan Hanway Place and Hakkasan Mayfair will reinvent the
classic fortune cookie, commissioning renowned author Will Self to pen the fortunes.
The fortunes will be written on a ribbon and placed around the Hakkasan m
acarons, to create the fortune macaron. Instead of housing a traditional fortune, each macaro
n will feature one of Will Self’s 88 witty, satirical and sometimes dark musings on the topics most relevant to m
odern day life in London. The fortune macarons will be available as part of the Chinese New Year set menu and also a la carte.
Will Self is an English novelist and journalist, was a food critic for The Observer, and h
as written for titles including The Guardian, Harper’s and The London Review. Self writes to as
tonish people with his fantastical style, and wrote ‘The Unbearable Lightness of Being a Prawn Cracker’, a collection of no
n-traditional restaurant reviews for the New Statesmen. His 2002 novel ‘Dorian, an Imitation’ was long listed for th
e Booker Prize and his novel ‘Umbrella’ shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He is known for his unique style and tone of voi
ce, which will be a defining feature of the Hakkasan fortune macarons. Speaking about the partnership he said。