Daily Archives: July 14, 2017

Chicago readies for Chinese New Year in 2017

Officials, executives and community leaders at the announcement of Chicago’s city-wide Chinese New Year celebration on Dec 1. From left: Jeff Alexander, president of Chicago Symphony Orchestra, David Whitaker, president of Choose Chicago, Julie Tiao Ma, president of the Chinese Fine Arts Society, Sharpen Moy Tu, executive director of Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Andrea Zopp, Chicago Deputy Mayor, Ling Z. Markovitz, sponsor of Chinese New Year concert and Z. J. Tong of the Chicago Chinese Cultural Institute [Provided by Jian Ping for China Daily]The Windy City is getting ready for a New Year’s blowout — Chinese style.Choose Chicago, the city’s tourism organization, the Chinese Consulate General in Chicago, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Chinese Fine Arts Society and several other local organizations got together on Dec 1 to announce city-wide Chinese New Year celebrations that will last from Jan 28 to Feb 12, 2017.”Chicago is the first city in the US that has a city-wide celebration of the Chinese New Year,” said Hong Lei, Chinese consul general in Chicago. “The performing troupes from China will bring a cultural feast and Chinese warmth to the winter of Chicago.””Chinese New Year is not just for the Chinese community but for the entire city,” said Chicago Deputy Mayor Andrea Zopp. “Our relationship with China is growing and the Chinese New Year celebration is just one more opportunity to further build our relationship.”Jeff Alexander, president of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, announced that artists from Shaanxi Province Song and Dance Theatre National Orchestra will come and perform traditional Chinese music to celebrate the Chinese New Year at the Symphony Center on Jan 29. Conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong will lead the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and CSO concertmaster Robert Chen in a performance of The Butterfly Lovers.”Our annual Chinese New Year Celebration concert has become a tradition at Symphony Center,” said Alexander.

Air China sees steady growth in passenger, freight traffic

Passengers walk to ticket counters of Air China at a terminal of Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing, March 28, 2016. Air China said Tuesday that it had witnessed steady growth in passenger and freight during the first seven months of the year. The number of passengers jumped 7.2 percent year on year to 55.4 million during the January-July period, the airline said in a statement filed to the Shanghai Stock Exchange. In July alone, Air China carried 8.54 million passengers, up 6.7 percent year on year. Freight traffic also rose steadily, hitting 977,200 tons in total volume during the first seven months, up 4.4 percent from one year earlier. Last month, freight volume increased 3.2 percent year on year to 142,500 tons. The company said that it had introduced four aircraft in July, and removed one plane from service. It had 607 airplanes in service at the end of last month, according to the statement. Shares of Air China opened flat at 8.12 yuan on Tuesday morning.

Chinese naval escort task force visits Qatar

The 24th Chinese naval escort task force arrived in Doha, Qatar on Jan. 21 local time, starting its five-day visit to the country. It is the second visit by the Chinese Navy to Qatar. The task force was welcomed by 400 representatives from the Chinese Embassy in Qatar, local Chinese companies, overseas Chinese and Qatari marines. The two countries’ marines will visit each other’s fleets, and other exchanges will also be carried out during the visit.

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