Cultural Bits & Bites
From accepting WeChat Pay to private Mandarin tours, Cultural Bits & Bites tracks how museums cater to Chinese cultural travelers to become China-ready.
Galerie Marguo set to open and focus on emerging Asian artists.
Ctrip's co-founder James Liang hosts two-hour live stream to promote travel over upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival.
After growth in June and July, online sales in consumer goods slowed in August.
Firework artist Cai Guoqiang will broadcast show on Tencent and Facebook in partnership with Hennessy.
DOMESTIC TOURISM, CHINA
Ministry of Culture and Tourism promoting 300 rural over eight-day October holiday.
ART FAIRS, U.S.
TEFAF's Fall event will be fully digital, Nov 1 to 4.
Theatres now allowed to fill 75 percent capacity.
STATE HERMITAGE MUSEUM, ST.PETERSBURG
Contemporary Chinese artist Zhang Huan stages first exhibition in Russia, Sept 9 to Nov 8.
Alibaba's travel company offering $1.4 billion in discounts and special offers.
Yuan reaches strongest level against U.S. dollar since mid-2019.
Chinese company China Tourism Group Duty Free becomes leader, by revenue, in sector.
Proposes U.S. IPO within a year.
Launches nine satellites into orbit.
Fosun Group relaunches British brand as online-only brand.
TikTok owner chooses Oracle as its "trusted tech partner" in U.S.
Gaming and social media giant opens new hub in Singapore.
BEIJING MUSIC FESTIVAL
23rd edition set to hold 20 offline classical music events, Oct 10 to 20.
Cork County has launched interactive tourism maps and short-videos aimed at Chinese tourists.
SHOPPING HOLIDAYS, CHINA
Shanghai authorities announce four holidays to boost consumer spending.
TikTok owner acquires payment service UIPay.
Reopens routes to Canada, Thailand, Cambodia, Pakistan, Greece, Denmark, Austria, and Sweden.
Travel giant announces $121 million loss Q1 2020.
TOURISM AUTHORITY OF THAILAND
TAT partners with Alibaba (Fliggy) to offer discount products for Chinese.
September auctions of Chinese antiquities in U.S. could be last before 7.5 percent tariff introduced.
MOBILE PAYMENT, CHINA
Q2 saw 30.1 billion transactions, year-on-year increase of 27 percent.
Alibaba is selling its live streaming technologies to small Chinese companies
MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL, CHINA
Early sales of rail tickets suggests surge in post-summer travel.
After 100 days without a COVID-19 case, Thailand seems poised to welcome visitors this Fall.
TECH WAR, INDIA
India has banned 118 China-owned mobile apps including Alibaba's Taobao.
Intl. companies hoping to turn south China island into cruise hub.
THEME PARKS, CHINA
Focus on domestic tourism increasing popularity of theme parks.
Travel agent records 93 decrease in Q2 revenue compared to 2019.
China Tourism Group Duty Free Corp saw 72 percent drop in profits.
Domestic flights to fully recover by end of September.
Hosts two hour live stream on Kuaishou, the first overseas museum to do so.
Edward Ressle opens in Shanghai, following Flower Gallery and Villepin launches in Hong Kong.
ISLAND LIFE, CHINA
The northeastern province of Liaoning is leasing hundreds of uninhabited islands, primarily for tourism purposes.
TRAVEL TRENDS, CHINA
ITB estimates 71 percent of travelers prefer FIT and self-driving vacations.
Lifting restrictions for New Zealand and Brunei travelers starting Sept 1.
Restrictions for travelers from 36 European countries significantly eased.
Launches fashion WeChat Mini Program.
Live stream platform reaches 170 million users.
White House reassurances over extent of ban saw Tencent Holdings Ltd. climb 5.8 percent.
BEIJING INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Will screen 300 films and run from Aug 22 to 29.
CHINA TRAVEL REVENUE
Chinese travel agencies grossed $100 billion in 2019.
Reports 34 percent increase in year-on-year revenue, $22.2 billion.
GROUP TOURS, CHINA
Ctrip reports 150 percent month-to-month increase in group package sales.
MOGAO CAVES, GANSU PROVINCE
UNESCO site live streams via e-commerce platform Tmall.
AUCTION MARKET, CHINA
Painting by Zeng Fanzhi records highest price of Chinese contemporary artwork —$23.3 million.
Appoints first China CEO, sign of major Mainland ambitions.
Oracle joins Microsoft in bidding for ByteDance's short-video app.
VACATION BROWSING, CHINA
Search data from Trip.com shows dramatic drop in Chinese looking at overseas destinations .
HILTON X HASBRO
Year long collaboration will bring IP from game company to more than 50 China hotels.
TRAVEL AGREEMENT, CHINA
Trip.com and JD.com sign strategic partnership to work together across tourism and e-commerce.
HONG KONG TOURISM
July arrivals up 41 percent over June.
70 percent of U.S.-China Business Council members remain optimistic on 5-year outlook.
Power Station of Art and China Art Museum Shanghai exhibition opens showcasing Chinese biennale work.
Sees room occupancy rise to 60 percent.
SAN FRANCISCO TOURISM
Chinese visitation expected to drop 73 percent in 2020.
Escalating legal and PR campaign in response to potential ban.
LAS VEGAS AIRPORT
Discontinues use of WeChat account it launched in 2017.
China resumes tourist visas for Macau.
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF CHINA
Second most visited museum in 2019, after the Louvre.
TRAVEL FAVORITES, CHINA
Yangtze River Delta, Pearl River Delta, and Sanya the most popular destinations for Chinese tourists.
Actively working to lift travel ban.
WESTERN REGIONS TOURISM DEVELOPMENT, CHINA
Tourism company launches IPO on Shenzhen Stock Exchange
LUXURY BRANDS, CHINA
In 2020, numerous intl. fashion houses are focusing on Shanghai's art scene.
TERRACOTTA WARRIORS, CHINA
Receiving 20,000 daily visitors — it has a 30 percent capacity limit.
Tourists increased 210 percent in second half of July.
PERFORMING ARTS, CHINA
Industry cancelled 40,000 shows and lost $547 million in Q1.
FORBIDDEN CITY AT 600
People's Bank of China releases commemorative coins for anniversary — they're legal tender.
Sales reach $19.9 billion H1 2020, a 22 percent year-on-year increase.
Resort operator announces 19.8 occupancy in H1 2020.
HAINAN HOTEL OCCUPANCY, CHINA
City of Sanya saw check-ins increase 105 percent compared to June.
Chinese travel intention and spending are down roughly 30 percent.
Outbound market to take a year to recover, ITB China.
Singapore hotels record $2.72m in sales via Trip.com live streams .
EMPEROR QINSHIHUANG'S MAUSOLEUM SITE MUSEUM
Home of Terracotta Warriors launches WeChat Mini Program.
Considering delisting from Nasdaq.
Short-video feature, Channels, draws 200 million users in under six months.
Expected to grow 2.5 percent over 2020.
Ukraine cancels visa requirements for Chinese tourists until Jan 2021.
PALACE MUSEUM, BEIJING
Increases visitor capacity to 12,000 per day.
CHINESE OUTBOUND TRAVEL
43 percent expect rebound within nine to 12 months, according to ITB China Travel.
CULTURAL PRODUCTS, CHINA
Sales of traditional Chinese costumes, Hanfu, rose 3000 percent Jan to June on Pinduoduo.
Proposes buying search engine Sogou Inc. for $2.13 billion.
BEIJING CAPITAL INTL. AIRPORT
Newly opened airport expected to lose $108 million H1 2020.
Reopened on July 15 with govt officials actively courting Chinese visitors.
NEW ZEALAND TOURISM
Govt promotion of domestic tourism failing to compensate for loss of intl travelers.
Resumption of inter-provincial group travel a boost for the ancient capital.
PRADO MUSEUM, SPAIN
Hosts live stream with Alibaba's Fliggy — 410,000 tuned-in.
CRUISE INDUSTRY, CHINA
Ministry of Transport allows relaunch for domestic cruises — capacity limited to 50 percent.
The number of weekly flights between the two countries will double.
Reopens to tourists with mandatory testing on arrival.
BEIJING MUSEUMS, CHINA
54 museums have reopened at 50 percent capacity.
EXTENDED WEEKENDS, CHINA
Chinese provinces are considering introducing a 2.5 day weekend to boost spending.
FLIGHT FEARS, U.S.
67 percent of Americans are uncomfortable flying, according to The Manifest.
Mainland occupancy will reach 60 percent next month and forecasted to hit pre-COVID levels by early 2021.
SINGAPORE TOURISM BOARD
Launches $32.5 million marketing and promotion campaign to drive local travel demand.
Movie theatres reopened in major cities on July 20 with mixed success.
Chinese Canadian Museum Society of British Columbia overseeing new museum.
Travel intent from China to the U.S. fell 18 percent, according to research from Brand USA.
Creates new WeChat Mini Program placing its cultural resources in one program.
GROUP TRAVEL, CHINA
China's Ministry of Culture and Tourism allows agencies to sell interprovincial group package tours.
Partners with Beijing Tourism Group and invests in digital upgrade.
DOMESTIC TRAVEL, CHINA
82 percent tourists made reservations over Dragon Boat Festival, up 4 percent from Labor Day, says China Tourism Academy.
E-commerce platform sees users reach 471 million, up from 344 million in 2018.
HONG KONG MUSEUMS
Shut for a third time in response to recent COVID-19 wave.
MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND TOURISM, CHINA
Allows domestic tourism sites to reach 50 percent capacity, up from 30 percent.
E-commerce platform working with foreign embassies to sell merchandise via live streams.
Loosening of duty-free policy and heavy promotions see sales spike on tourism island.
CHINESE TOURISTS, EUROPE
YouGov poll finds Europeans are against the idea of Chinese tourists, from 57% in Italy to 77% in Finland — second least popular, after Americans.
Travel agent report estimates 37.77 million domestic trips over Dragon Boat Festival, generating $1.36 billion.
Ministry of Transport agrees to resume flights with China.
Invests $40 million in online arts education startup Meishubao.
TOURISM, GUANGXI PROVINCE
Giant tourist park under construction, will include performing arts, shopping, and leisure facilities.
Reopened on July 6 with health and safety restrictions.
UAE-CHINA CULTURE WEEK
Five-day virtual event celebrating cultural ties.
Survey from travel giant shows +80 percent of Chinese want to travel H2 2020.
BRITISH MUSEUM POP UP
London institution opens event selling IP goods in Shanghai Shimao Festival City.
Tech company's FEVER campaign is bringing live music performances to popular tourist destinations.
Mafengwo report shows 60 percent of Gen-Zers are willing to spend more on safe dining.
THAILAND TOURISM AND SPORTS MINISTRY
Thai authorities to launch China campaign encouraging travel to 'bubble zones'.
The Economist Intelligence Unit predicts global outbound travel numbers will recover by 2023.
NANJING BUREAU OF CULTURE AND TOURISM, CHINA
Launches #FourSeasonsOfNanjing Instagram campaign to encourage future visits.
SHANGHAI PERFORMING ARTS
More than 500 live performances set to go ahead in July and August — albeit at 30 percent capacity.
DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL
Chinese domestic tourism revenue down 69 percent over holiday.
NATIONAL GALLERY, LONDON
After more than 100 days closed, it will become first museum in the capital to reopen, July 8.
TRAVEL BUBBLES, EUROPE
The EU will reopen borders to 15 non-member countries from July.
SINGAPORE TOURISM BOARD
Using Tencent cloud conference software to host China-Ready Webinar.
Creates $500 million fund to support hotel and airline recovery.
DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL
26 million train trips expected over Chinese holiday.
CHINESE MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND TOURISM
Set 30 percent maximum capacity for venues.
BEIJING GALLERY, LONDON
798 Art District gallery Tabula Rasa to open London venue showcasing young Chinese artists.
CHINA EASTERN AIRLINES
Selling unlimited "Flight Pass" to all domestic destinations for 3,322 yuan ($470).
Delta Airlines to resume flights to China in early July.
CULTURAL RESERVATIONS, CHINA
Online bookings likely to remain mandatory for major Chinese cultural destinations.
Receives "Safe Travel Stamp" from the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC).
Six travel organisations form coalition focused on economically and ecologically sustainable tourism.
Revenue of China-owned short-video platform to hit $500 million in 2020.
DISNEYLAND, HONG KONG
Officially reopened June 18 with special health procedures for visitors.
Despite setbacks, holiday island making strong recovery — hotel occupancy at 61.5 percent of 2019 figures.
New COVID-19 outbreak in the capital shutters city's recently reopened art scene.
Most cities recovering back pre-coronavirus booking levels, says Peng Tao, CEO of Airbnb China.
Kunming, Yunnan province, hosts Raphael exhibition in collaboration with Italian cultural authorities.
CHIANG MAI, THAILAND
Industry experts warn 50 percent of tourism operators could close.
HUBEI PROVINCIAL MUSEUM, CHINA
Wuhan museum reopens after four-month closure, a symbolic moment.
2020 INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE FOOD FESTIVAL
Events across Chinese cities celebrate national "time-honored" brands in partnership with food-tech giant Meituan Dianping.
INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF MUSEUMS
Survey from 1,600 museums across 107 countries shows 94 percent closed and one third reduced staff.
YUGANG GROTTOES, CHINA
3D-scan generated of UNESCO site in Shanxi Province.
Chinese Cultural Center (CCC) Sydney launches virtual exhibition series for Australians.
EAST ASIAN BUBBLE
Thai officials expressed potential travel bubble with Japan, South Korea, and Vietnam.
95 foreign airlines can apply to resume flights following suspension.
Staged over 25,000 influencer live streaming sessions since February.
Easing travel restrictions on business travel to mainland China.
Ahead of regional Southeast Asian nations in reopening.
China’s Ministry of Culture advised public to avoid travel to Australia, citing racial discrimination, June 5.
GALLERY WEEKEND BEIJING
Art fair videos received 1.5 million views with 160,000 tuning into its Kuaishou livestreams.
Govt creates health certification system for hotels and restaurants aimed at assuring travelers.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky proposing visa-free travel for Chinese citizens.
Premier Li Keqiang announced a resumption of promoting tourism and culture industries in June 4 meeting.
Fast-lane to open June 8, it will initially focus on essential business travel.
Reports $754 million loss in Q1 2019.
More than 4 million e-commerce live-streaming activities held Q1 2019.
DOMESTIC TRAVEL, CHINA
Among Chinese tourists changing plans, 36 percent switched from international to domestic.
Cited Asian domestic tourism as a positive investment opportunity, June 3.
TRAVEL REVIVAL, CHINA
Air ticket sales pass 50 percent of 2019 numbers, a sign of growing consumer confidence.
Following South Korea's lead, charter flight applications are being accepted from seven countries.
VAN GOGH MUSEUM, AMSTERDAM
Appoints IMG as its exclusive licensing partner for China, North and South America, Africa, and Middle East.
Partnering with Artsy for a fully digital 22nd edition.
Brings together art and activism with 10,000 face masks sold for charity through eBay.
X MUSEUM, BEIJING
Much-anticipated museum focused on young Chinese artists opens May 30.
HONG KONG GALLERIES
"Unscheduled", a 10-day art event will be held June 17 to 27
INSTITUTE OF ASIAN ART, VANCOUVER
Launches a new Mandarin-language virtual lecture series of art talks.
Best-case scenario estimates 16 to 18 million inbound tourists — Thailand received 39 million in 2019.
SHANGHAI ORIENTAL ART CENTER
Holds first post COVID-19 performance in 4 months — capacity limited to 30 percent.
CHINESE BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Will build Chinese Basketball Museum in Tianjin, the birthplace of the sport in China.
CONSUMER COUPONS, CHINA
Sizeable retail promotions and govt distributed coupons saw online sales rise 36.3 percent year-on-year during the May Day holiday.
Two countries create controlled travel corridor.
Artist Sirui Ma, FAR-NEAR, a cross-cultural book series, and friends are raising funds for the Asian American Federation.
Director, Phil Tinari, discusses the crisis in the context of China's art world on the podcast Art Angle.
GALLERY WEEKEND, BEIJING
Postponed major art event set to open May 22 to May 31.
TOURISM VOUCHERS, CHINA
Zhejiang province, East China, releases $30 million worth of digital coupons for use at hotels and scenic spots in bid to boost consumption.
Alibaba's travel platform partners with tourism boards of Finland, Germany, France, and Serbia bringing tourist attractions online.
INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM DAY
Palace Museum holds live streams on short video services TikTok and Kuaishou, a continuation of its COVID-19 initiatives.
MAY DAY REVENUE, CHINA
Jiangxi province, southeast China, raked in 15.38 billion RMB over the holiday, more than any other province.
CULTURAL AND NATURAL HERITAGE DAY
Chinese e-commerce companies will co-host a shopping festival selling IP cultural goods, June 13.
With domestic flights, buses, and train services up and running, Vietnam may be the first open Southeast Asian country to begin welcoming Chinese tourists en masse.
CHINA MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND TOURISM
Launches "China Weeks", a digital showcase of Chinese art designed to engage Britons under lockdown.
Reopened with anti-virus measures including limiting visitation numbers, mandating face-masks, and requiring advanced reservations.
CHINA PERFORMING ARTS AGENCY THEATERS
Hosting 10-hour online concert ft. 150 Int'l. performers, May 9.
CHRISTIE'S + CHINA GUARDIAN
Auction houses will unite for series of sales and exhibitions labelled "2020+".
LABOR DAY, CHINA
Domestic trips numbered 115 million, generating 47.6 billion RMB ($6.7billion) in tourism revenue.
April survey of Chinese living in first tier cities shows 49 percent plan to travel overseas this year.
BEIJING CULTURAL ASSETS ADMINISTRATION CENTER
Issues 50 million RMB ($7 million) in e-vouchers to boost cultural consumption.
LABOR DAY, CHINA
Number traveling outside of home city rose by 50 percent over first day of five-day holiday.
798 ART DISTRICT, BEIJING
Opening of planned museum dedicated to Alberto Giacometti and Pablo Picasso has been delayed.
CHINA'S MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT
Anticipates 117 million people will travel by road, rail or air during the Labor Day holiday, a third of 2019's volume.
After a three-month closure, Beijing's Forbidden City will reopen on May 1 in time for the Labor Day holiday.
Over 100 cultural venues are implementing a single reservation approach to guarantee visitor safety during reopening.
A two-part triennial featuring 41 artists from 20 countries will run Oct 27 (2020) to June 27 (2021).
E-commerce platform records 270 percent month-to-month increase for short trip bookings.
Art fair organizer outlined full refunds for galleries if cancelation occurs.
Predicts 90 million tourists across upcoming Labor Day holiday.
Launches online viewing room, Lixia, a bilingual online viewing room (English and Mandarin).
798 Art Zone museum scheduled to reopen May 21.
Some museums in the capital scheduled to reopen on May 4.
Inter-university report predicts global tourism industry will lose $22 billion in 2020.
E-commerce platform invites Chinese museum curators to live stream tours and connect browsers to merchandise pages.
XI'AN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Online concert at Shaanxi History Museum blends music with cultural relics. The first in a touring series was live streamed on Bilibili and Youku.
MUSEUM OF CHINESE IN AMERICA, NEW YORK
Post-fire, MOCA launches social media campaign for people to share videos about their treasured objects.
Popular sections of the Great Wall are among the 73 cultural destinations now open in the capital.
Survey from online travel company shows 16 percent of Chinese will be ready to travel over May's Golden Week.
DUNHUANG ACADEMY X TENCENT
Partnership between UNESCO Site and tech giant creates animated drama series.
CHINA ART MUSEUM
Opens exhibition focused on China's battle against COVID-19.
THE STATE HERMITAGE MUSEUM, ST. PETERSBURG
Opening store on Chinese e-commerce platform Tmall. Continues trend of international museums tapping into the popularity of cultural goods in China.
Online classes exploring 68 works of intangible cultural heritage have received 1.7 billion views.
GOOGLE ARTS & CULTURE
Teamed up with 2,500+ museums and galleries around the globe to offer virtual tours and online exhibits.
Social hashtag from the Museum of the City of New York has prompted 75+ museums worldwide to share their most “relaxing” art on Twitter and Instagram.
PETERSEN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM, LOS ANGELES
Offering daily programmed live streams. Lessons to cover propulsion, aerodynamics, racing and other topics.
METROPOLITAN OPERA, NEW YORK CITY
Playing free digital shows every night through March 22.
NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART, WASHINGTON D.C
Releasing and reorganizing online resources. Currently offers two exhibitions through Google partnership, as well as videos and virtual tours.
NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA
Melbourne joins 11 Intl. cities in making augmented reality (AR) sculptures by artist KAWS. Accessible via the Acute Art app, the “Expanded Holiday”.
WALKER ART MUSEUM, MINNEAPOLIS
Offering virtual catalogs of existing collections online.
METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART
Asia Week cancelled. NYC auction houses move event to June.
PORT DISCOVERY CHILDREN’S MUSEUM, BALTIMORE
Using website to share craft activities for kids to try at home.
Made 2.8 million images available online, evidencing global effort to upload collections.
NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA
Xu Zhen holds first solo show Down Under, “Xu Zhen: Eternity vs Evolution”. Mar. 14 to Sept. 13.
MOGAO CAVES, GANSU PROVINCE
Offering online virtual reality and panoramic museum experiences. The latest digitization effort by Dunhuang Academy.
MUSÉE D’ORSAY, PARIS
Virtual reality tours, exhibition videos, and footage from concerts available online. Chinese translation of museum history is also available.
SCUDERIE DEL QUIRINALE, ROME
Blockbuster Raphael exhibition closed. Reports show 70,000 advance tickets had been purchased.
MUSEUM OF CHINESE IN AMERICA, NEW YORK CITY
Post fire, workers recovered most of the institution’s 85,000 item collection, March 8.
GALLERY WEEKEND BEIJING
2020 edition postponed in compliance with official safety recommendations.
SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
“Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World” exhibition combats misinformation about COVID-19. On view through 2021.
Chinese travel agency shows 38 percent of national scenic areas are now open, an early sign of renewal for China’s tourism industry. Flight searches for May have also risen 84 percent in the past week.
UK CHINESE CHOIR
Held charity concert in London. International artists performed "Together” by Chinese composer Jiang Li to support coronavirus efforts.
ASIA SOCIETY, HOUSTON
“Eternal Offerings: Chinese Ritual Bronzes” exhibition on view through Aug. 9.
LOS ANGELES TOURISM & CONVENTION BOARD
Commissioned artists to create music in support of China. Superstar pianist, Lang Lang, endorsed it leading to millions of views online.
ASIA WEEK NEW YORK
Moving forward with scheduled gallery exhibitions and talks despite major art auction postponements. March 12 to19.
GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, NEW YORK
"Countryside, The Future" exhibition emphasizes China's dramatic rural revitalization. Showing through Aug. 14.
NEW ORLEANS MUSEUM OF ART
Hosts major exhibition of Asian art titled “Buddha and Shiva, Lotus and Dragon”. March 13 to June 7.
Relocates modern and contemporary sales to New York amid travel restrictions.
JINGART 2020, BEIJING
Art fair cancelled due to coronavirus outbreak. It was originally scheduled for May 21 to 25,
ART BASEL HONG KONG
Launches online viewing rooms following cancelation.
BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Holding free pop-up concerts after Asia tour cancelled due to virus.
MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS, SAN DIEGO
“Out of the Shadows: Contemporary Chinese Photography” opens March 7.
PALACE MUSEUM, BEIJING
3-D tours and special exhibitions for 600th anniversary of Forbidden City now accessible online.
NATIONAL CULTURAL HERITAGE ADMINISTRATION
Around 100 “cloud” exhibitions can be enjoyed from home via China’s NCHA website.
PENN MUSEUM, PHILADELPHIA
Offering weekly guided tours in Mandarin.
ANTWERP SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, BELGIUM
Tan Dun dedicates new composition, “Sound Pagoda - The 12 Sounds of Wuhan,” to fighting coronavirus in Antwerp concert.
Chinese travel website reports 150 percent increase of museum-related searches in 2019. The Louvre, the British Museum, and New York’s Met placed in the top five.
BEIJING NATIONAL MUSEUM
“The Journey Back Home: An Exhibition of Chinese Artifacts Repatriated from Italy” made available online.
TATE MODERN, LONDON
“Uniqlo Tate Lates” an after-hours experience will run on the last Friday of every month. Event to include art, DJ sets, pop-up talks, and workshops tailored for Chinese millennials.
Launched web service amid coronavirus. Visitors can enjoy daily animal videos, images, and updates through the park’s social media platforms.
ARTISTS IN ACTION AGAINST VIRUS
Online auction raising funds to fight coronavirus. Featured artists include Zhang Ding, designer of China’s national emblem and Fan Dian, Chairman of the Chinese Artists Association.
SANXINGDUI MUSEUM, GUANGHAN
“Discovering the Sanxingdui Ruins” offers viewers an online tour of Sichuan province, southwest China, with 286 sets of unearthed relics.
LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART
“Where the Truth Lies: The Art of Qiu Ying” exhibition runs Feb 9 to May 17. It's the first show for the Chinese artist outside of Asia.
Virtual showcase, “Porcelain Works of 15th Century China,” features 285 relics from more than 25 Chinese organizations. Online exhibitions can engage Chinese audiences during the ongoing virus.
GRAND PALAIS, PARIS
Hosting Art Capital 2020, Feb. 12 to 16. Annual fair features more than 2,000 artists including Chinese painters, sculptors, engravers, and photographers.
New 3D documentary, “Into America’s Wild,” has global release including several Chinese locations. Film highlights America's natural beauty and hopes to inspire adventurous travelers worldwide.
HE ART MUSEUM, CHINA
Opening of Tadao Ando–designed institution in Guangdong province delayed due to coronavirus.
MUSÉE CERNUSCHI, FRANCE
Tech-centric renovation of the Museum of the Asian Arts of Paris to be completed in March.
HAWAII TOURISM AUTHORITY
China Summit on digital trends postponed until further notice.
CHINESE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF CHICAGO
“Attic Treasures II,” exhibition opened Feb. 1.
Extensive Ming dynasty porcelain collection on first UK tour starting Feb. 7.
NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA
NGV Friday Nights revival coincides with Keith Haring & Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibition. Expect DJs, drag performances, cocktails and NYC street food.
SEATTLE ASIAN ART MUSEUM
Saturday University Lecture Series Feb. 15. to March 7. Talks explore range of topics such as the history of banned books in China by artist Xiaoze Xie.
LACMA, LOS ANGELES
Construction of David Geffen Galleries on track for early 2020, creating modern spaces for today’s guests.
TOWER OF DAVID MUSEUM OF THE HISTORY OF JERUSALEM
Augmented reality tour features 3D characters and interactions. A reflection of trending demand for hi-tech, immersive experiences.
AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY, NEW YORK
Holding after-hours program with champagne reception and show at the Planetarium, Feb. 15.
AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM
Commemorates Year of the Rat with diverse festive programming through Feb. 9. Mandarin tours available four times daily.
PLANET WORD MUSEUM, WASHINGTON D.C.
Institution dedicated to language opens May 31. Interactive and immersive exhibitions will appeal Chinese visitors to the capital.
798 ART DISTRICT, BEIJING
National Picasso Museum and Giacometti Foundation to open museum in July. French institutions continue growing China connections.
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD
Celebrates New Year with cultural shows, festive snacks, costumed Chinese characters, and a Mandarin Megatron, Jan. 23 to Feb. 9.
BEVERLY CENTER, LOS ANGELES
Partnered with Chinese artist Momo Wang for commemorative New Year WeChat stickers.
YOKOHAMA CHINATOWN, JAPAN
Hosting annual lantern festival, Feb. 8.
Friday Late 2020 program announced. After-dark series tailored to attract Chinese students and FITs.
ASIAN CIVILISATIONS MUSEUM, SINGAPORE
Hosts “Living with Ink: The Collection of Dr Tan Tsze Chor,” through Mar. 22. Offering tours in Mandarin, a smart way to engage Chinese audiences.
CHINA INSTITUTE, NEW YORK
Partners with Westfield World Trade Center and Madison Avenue retailers for Year of the Rat activities. Combining cultural activities and commerce broadens an institution's profile.
Launches WeChat Mini Program providing maps, travel info, translation, and tax refunds. Shows broad applicability of Mini Programs for DMOs.
ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN SYDNEY
Lion and Dragon Dance performance at The Calyx, Feb. 1. February’s self-guided park tour is available in simplified Chinese.
NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC
Lunar New Year Concert and Gala conducted by Long Yu, Jan 28, features US Premiere of Zhou Tian’s "Gift".
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCES, SPAIN
Hosts "Happy 2020! The Natural History of The Chinese Calendar", Jan 21 to Feb 23. Exhibit connects natural history to the Chinese Lunar calendar.
GARDENS BY THE BAY, SINGAPORE
Dahlia Dreams 2020, a horticultural display created with Beijing Florascape. Working with Mainland brands aids promotion and engagement with domestic and visiting Chinese.
Officials gathered in Rome on Jan 21 to launch a year of culture. Although high-profile, history shows such bilateral agreements have little impact on tourism numbers.
“Meet Vegas” WeChat Mini Program launched, Jan 16. Chinese travelers access information and payment options across the city’s participating hotels, casinos, and airport.
Creates tea set for CNY inspired by museum collection. Releasing tasteful and timely cultural products helps build brand awareness in China.
Celebrates CNY with free cultural activities, Jan 25. Seasonal offerings show cultural savvy and increases contact with local Chinese and visiting travelers.
Signed agreement with AI company iFLYTEK. Technological integration continues across Chinese museums, a reflection of visitor demand for smart and immersive experiences.
NEW ORLEANS MUSEUM OF ART
NOMA to host “Buddha and Shiva, Lotus and Dragon”, March 13 to June 7. Exhibit of Rockefeller collection offers rich survey of Asian art.
WANG CHUANFENG MUSEUM
Museum dedicated to Chinese painter opened in Tokyo this January. The space will promote Chinese art and serve as a cultural touch point with Japan and beyond.
US-CHINA MUSIC INSTITUTE
Chinese New Year concert with Bard College’s The Orchestra Now, Jan 26. Cross cultural celebration of The Year of the Rat at Lincoln Center.
RED DOT MUSEUM
Design institution's "Human-Nature" exhibition is fully bilingual.
HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON FOUNDATION
Bringing "CHINA, 1948-1949" to Taipei Museum of Fine Arts, April 11 to July 19.
Californian museum will open "Into China" gallery Jan 25.
Go West Summit
B2B tourism event held in Oregon, March 24 to 27.
HAWAII TOURISM AUTHORITY
Hosting China Summit on digital trends, March 5.
Hong Kong’s new super-museum to boast 360 ft. LED 'art screen'.
America's largest Chinese lantern festival running until Dec 23.
Sydney museum saw 52 percent increase in Chinese visitors from "Heaven and Earth in Chinese Art" show.
"The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China", closing Jan 5, 2020.
SAN DIEGO CHINESE HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND MUSEUM
Chinese New Year Banquet set for Jan 25th, 2020.
ASIA WEEK NEW YORK
Chinese version of event website to be launched in Feb 2020.
CHINA TOURISM NIGHT 2019
China's Ministry of Culture and Tourism holds New York trade show, Dec 10.
Contemporary art museum designed by Zaha Hadid Architects' opens in Changsha, central China.
Vancouver gallery offers guided tours in Mandarin and a mobile app with audio guides.
Chinese Consulate General in Chicago
Hosts reception to promote cultural exchange, Dec 8
HE ART MUSEUM
New private museum in Guangdong province will open to public on March 21, 2020.
THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF ART IN SOFIA
Co-hosts "Silk Road: From Tradition to Contemporaneity" exhibition with The Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing.
The Design Museum's audio guide has been integrated into MyHelsinki's WeChat Mini Program.
2019 ART BASEL MIAMI BEACH
Premier art fair runs Dec 5 to 8.
Lanzhou Song & Dance Theatre graces New York with “Tales of the Silk Road” from Jan 9 to 12.
Staging Steve McQueen Exhibition, Feb 13 to May 11.
Promotion agreement with Fliggy leads to documentary "Banquet Planet" aired on video platform Youku.
New Miami campus to open on December 4 with strong contemporary Chinese collection including Ai Weiwei, Qiu Zhijie, and Zhu Jinshi.
Bilingual tour of museum launched on WeChat.
Katharine Meng-Yuan leads Mandarin tour of Vancouver gallery Sunday, December 8.
UCCA CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART
Show by Chinese-American artist Hung Liu scheduled to open on Dec. 6 has been cancelled.
SAINT PETERSBURG INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL FORUM
China is a major guest at the event organised by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation.
NGV | COLLECTING COMME
National Gallery of Victoria, Australia, is promoting fashion exhibition across Chinese social media.
CHATEAU DE MAISONS
The Chateau on the Parisian outskirts posted on Weibo about an upcoming "Fantaisies pour un Palais" exhibition.
PICASSO AND GIACOMETTI
The Paris institutions are collaborating to open a museum in Beijing's 798 Arts District in June 2020.
ATENEUM ART MUSEUM
Finland's best-known art museum boasts a Chinese landing page and has been included in MyHelsinki WeChat Mini Program.
MUSEUM OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK
The Upper East Side venue will launch a WeChat account in December.
The New York institution specialising in Tibet, Bhutan & other Asian land art will receive a Chinese cultural delegation in the hope of building China visibility.
CENTRAL ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS (BEIJING)
British artist Anish Kapoor holds first major solo show in China.
The fifth edition of Parisian art fair, ASIA NOW, showcasing emerging artists, performances, and collector displays takes place October 16 to 20.
TIFFANY & CO.
The iconic American jewellery maker launches a two-month long exhibition in Shanghai, following the trend of western luxury brands hosting shows in China.
After a six-years of work, Brooklyn Museum reopened its reimagined arts of China and Arts of Japan galleries to the public.
GREAT LAKES USA
Great Lakes USA ran an eight day promotional photoshoot aimed at the Chinese market ahead of the 2020 Ryder Cup.
CATCH DES MOINES
Catch Des Moines is preparing its China-connections in anticipation of the Farm Progress Show and 2020 World Pork EXPO.