Daily Archives: October 4, 2017

Xinjiang artists celebrate Happy Chinese New Year in Senegal

Dancers fromXinjiang Uygur autonomous region perform ethnic dance Grape Harvest at the 2017 Happy Chinese New Year gala, Senegal, Jan 16, 2017. With joyful music and merry ethnic dances, Xinjiang artists brought their best New Year wishes to the people of Senegal at the 2017 Happy Chinese New Year gala on Jan 16.About 1,500 government officials and representatives attended the event, including Deputy-Minister of the Ministry of Culture of China Ding Wei and Chinese Ambassador to Senegal Zhang Xun.A “Happy Chinese New Year” photo exhibition was held along with the gala, which featured pictures of Spring Festival celebrations around the world.Previous Page 1 2 3 4 5 Next Page

It’s Hollywood,silly!

Bryce Dallas Howard, from left, as Claire, Chris Pratt as Owen, Nick Robinson as Zach and Ty Simpkins as Gray, in a scene from the movie, Jurassic World, directed by Colin Trevorrow, in the latest installment of Steven Spielberg’s groundbreaking Jurassic Park series.Despite a nearly 50 percent rise in Chinese box-office returns this year, local moviemakers aren’t smiling. Xu Fan reports.The Chinese box office surged nearly 50 percent in the first half of the year, but with more than half the earnings coming from foreign movies, domestic producers aren’t a happy bunch.Since overtaking Japan as the world’s second-largest movie consumer in 2012, China has grossed a record 20.3 billion yuan ($3.3 billion) from 156 movies released between January and June, a rise of 49 percent as compared to 2014, according to the country’s media regulator.The Chinese market, which has maintained an average growth rate of more than 30 percent in the past five years, took 96 days to cross the 10 billion yuan mark and 175 days to surpass 20 billion yuan, the fastest ever in the history of Chinese cinema during the past six month.In February, homegrown productions nudged out Hollywood for the first time to top world box-office records for a single month, bringing in 4.13 billion yuan. During the Spring Festival holiday from Feb 19-25, a record 1.8 billion yuan was grossed by Chinese theaters, mostly by local movies.The 10 top-grossing titles in that month included seven Chinese movies (led by The Man from Macao II at 974 million yuan), a Sino-French production (Wolf Totem) and two Hollywood flicks (The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1).Chinese moviemakers’ good run at the box office, however, ended soon with March being a historically low-income month and the three months thereafter being recaptured by Hollywood.The high-octane Fast and Furious 7 made the most money ever in Chinese box-office history, with 2.4 billion yuan, and that helped the country’s theaters earn a total profit of 4.11 billion yuan in April, leading to a 126 percent rise from the same period last year.In the past six months, 53.3 percent of the box office was taken by foreign movies, dominated by Fast and Furious 7, Avengers: Age of Ultron (1.46 billion yuan) and Jurassic World (1.26 billion yuan).The blockbusters that crossed the milestone of 500 million yuan included four homegrown productions and seven imported titles, according to Entgroup, a Chinese entertainment research company. Industry insiders say, rising enthusiasm for cinema among Chinese moviegoers and a boom in the number of screens and disposable income among Chinese have pushed box-office profits higher.

Li already excited for Australia

Chinese star hoping she can finally get elusive victory in MelbourneLi Na doesn’t have to win in Melbourne to love it there.Though she’s never won the Australian Open, the city holds a special place in the Chinese tennis star’s heart.Though the 2012 season is still in progress, the 2011 French Open champion is looking forward to playing the 2013 season’s opening Grand Slam in January, as well as experiencing Chinese New Year in the city.”I have to play in different countries and cites every week throughout the season, but Melbourne is always a special place,” Li said at a news conference for the inaugural Asia-Pacific wildcard playoff for the Australian Open on Monday in Beijing.”It’s a place I made it into a Grand Slam final for the first time and a place where I felt I could win a Grand Slam one day.”During the 2011 Australian Open, Li made a breakthrough by advancing to the final, quickly becoming a wildly popular star known for her humorous responses and humble attitude during post-match interviews.Tennis Australia CEO Steve Wood is still impressed by Li’s win and personality, and said he can’t wait to see her make a mark again in January.”Li’s gorgeous smile and her commitment to the sport were quite impressive and made her a superstar in Australia,” Wood said. “She did give happiness to the younger generation, as well as people from the Chinese community in Australia.”Her performances have delighted tennis fans around the globe and the impact she has had on increasing interest and participation in tennis, particularly in China, is immeasurable.”Special accommodationThe Australian Open is usually held around Chinese New Year, and it has made extra efforts in recent years to add more Chinese elements in and outside the venue for athletes and fans.The hotel Li stayed in this year even had a special menu to suit the Sichuan-born player’s taste.”When staying with Crown during the last Australian Open, I was lucky enough to experience the traditional Chinese New Year celebrations and entertainment plus a range of authentic Chinese cuisine,” she said.”I was so moved and happy that its signature Chinese restaurant, ‘Silks’, even designed a ‘Li Na Menu’.”Greg Hawkins, CEO of Crown Melbourne, said the hotel will continue to provide service and rooms free of charge for all players, especially Chinese players, as Chinese New Year is a significant holiday.”Crown is also extremely proud to sponsor the great player Li Na and awaits her highly anticipated return to Melbourne.”In 2013, the Australian Open is immediately followed by Chinese New Year. To celebrate the Year of the Snake, Crown will host traditional New Year celebrations with a Hawker’s Bazaar weekend featuring customary ceremonies, authentic Chinese cuisine and entertainment for the entire family.”Contact the writer at chenxiangfeng@chinadaily.com.cn

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