Cultural Bits & Bites

October 24, 2020

From accepting WeChat Pay to private Mandarin tours, Cultural Bits & Bites tracks how museums cater to Chinese cultural travelers to become China-ready.

  • JAPAN-CHINA TRAVEL

    Resuming business travel over coming month.

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  • TRAVEL BUBBLE

    Hong Kong and Singapore are planning bilateral corridor.

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  • ENTERTAINMENT PARTNERSHIP

    BBC and Bilibili agree cooperation deal to jointly develop content for China.

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  • ASIA SOCIETY TRIENNIAL, NEW YORK

    Festival of contemporary Asian art begins Oct 27.

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  • PALACE MUSEUM, HONG KONG

    Set to open in summer 2022.

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  • BROOKLYN MUSEUM

    Announces second deaccession round at Sotheby’s to fund collection care.

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  • TOURISM RECOVERY, CHINA

    Golden Week tourist numbers reach nearly 75 percent of 2019 level.

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  • TENCENT

    WeChat Channels, the app's video section, is trialling a live streaming feature.

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  • LIVE STREAM MARKET, CHINA

    Huya and DouYu, dominant players in live streaming, will merge.

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  • STOCK MARKET, CHINA

    Hits a record $10tn, an encouraging post-COVID economic recovery.

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  • THAI TOURISM

    Slow resumption of inbound travel expected beginning of Nov.

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  • CHINA EASTERN AIRLINES

    Receives $4.6 billion injection from state-back investors.

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  • GOLDEN WEEK, CHINA

    Hainan welcomed close to 1 million tourists over national holiday.

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  • THE LOUVRE

    Signs licensing deal with Alibaba to open e-commerce store on Tmall.

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  • ASIAN SOCIETY MUSEUM, NEW YORK

    Launches inaugural triennial focused exclusively on Asian artists.

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  • MUSEUM OF CHINESE IN AMERICA, NEW YORK

    Receives $3 million grant from Ford Foundation for pandemic relief.

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  • TIKTOK

    Pakistan becomes the latest country to ban ByteDance's short-video app.

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  • TOURISM, THAILAND

    Will receive first foreign tourists in early October.

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  • VISAS, CHINA

    Ban on residence permit entering the country lifted.

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  • GOLDEN WEEK, CHINA

    Airlines, online travel agencies, hotels optimistic on upcoming holiday.

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  • PERFORMING ARTS, SHANGHAI

    National Ballet of China announces three performances at the Shanghai Oriental Art Center for National Day holiday.

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  • GALLERY, PARIS

    Galerie Marguo set to open and focus on emerging Asian artists.

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  • MACAU, TOURISM

    Ctrip's co-founder James Liang hosts two-hour live stream to promote travel over upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival.

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  • E-COMMERCE, CHINA

    After growth in June and July, online sales in consumer goods slowed in August.

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  • LIVE STREAM

    Firework artist Cai Guoqiang will broadcast show on Tencent and Facebook in partnership with Hennessy.

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  • DOMESTIC TOURISM, CHINA

    Ministry of Culture and Tourism promoting 300 rural over eight-day October holiday.

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  • ART FAIRS, U.S.

    TEFAF's Fall event will be fully digital, Nov 1 to 4.

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  • ENTERTAINMENT, CHINA

    Theatres now allowed to fill 75 percent capacity.

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  • STATE HERMITAGE MUSEUM, ST.PETERSBURG

    Contemporary Chinese artist Zhang Huan stages first exhibition in Russia, Sept 9 to Nov 8.

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  • FLIGGY, CHINA

    Alibaba's travel company offering $1.4 billion in discounts and special offers.

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  • RMB-DOLLAR

    Yuan reaches strongest level against U.S. dollar since mid-2019.

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  • DUTY FREE

    Chinese company China Tourism Group Duty Free becomes leader, by revenue, in sector.

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  • BYTEDANCE

    Proposes U.S. IPO within a year.

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  • BILIBILI

    Launches nine satellites into orbit.

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  • THOMAS COOK

    Fosun Group relaunches British brand as online-only brand.

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  • BYTEDANCE

    TikTok owner chooses Oracle as its "trusted tech partner" in U.S.

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  • TENCENT

    Gaming and social media giant opens new hub in Singapore.

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  • BEIJING MUSIC FESTIVAL

    23rd edition set to hold 20 offline classical music events, Oct 10 to 20.

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  • IRISH TOURISM

    Cork County has launched interactive tourism maps and short-videos aimed at Chinese tourists.

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  • SHOPPING HOLIDAYS, CHINA

    Shanghai authorities announce four holidays to boost consumer spending.

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  • BYTEDANCE

    TikTok owner acquires payment service UIPay.

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  • CHINA FLIGHTS

    Reopens routes to Canada, Thailand, Cambodia, Pakistan, Greece, Denmark, Austria, and Sweden.

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  • FOSUN TOURISM

    Travel giant announces $121 million loss Q1 2020.

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  • TOURISM AUTHORITY OF THAILAND

    TAT partners with Alibaba (Fliggy) to offer discount products for Chinese.

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  • TRADE WAR

    September auctions of Chinese antiquities in U.S. could be last before 7.5 percent tariff introduced.

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  • MOBILE PAYMENT, CHINA

    Q2 saw 30.1 billion transactions, year-on-year increase of 27 percent.

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  • LIVE STREAMING

    Alibaba is selling its live streaming technologies to small Chinese companies

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  • MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL, CHINA

    Early sales of rail tickets suggests surge in post-summer travel.

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  • THAILAND TOURISM

    After 100 days without a COVID-19 case, Thailand seems poised to welcome visitors this Fall.

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  • TECH WAR, INDIA

    India has banned 118 China-owned mobile apps including Alibaba's Taobao.

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  • CRUISE, HAINAN

    Intl. companies hoping to turn south China island into cruise hub.

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  • THEME PARKS, CHINA

    Focus on domestic tourism increasing popularity of theme parks.

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  • TUNIU

    Travel agent records 93 decrease in Q2 revenue compared to 2019.

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  • CHINA DUTY-FREE

    China Tourism Group Duty Free Corp saw 72 percent drop in profits.

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  • CHINA AVIATION

    Domestic flights to fully recover by end of September.

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  • V&A

    Hosts two hour live stream on Kuaishou, the first overseas museum to do so.

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  • GALLERIES, CHINA

    Edward Ressle opens in Shanghai, following Flower Gallery and Villepin launches in Hong Kong.

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  • ISLAND LIFE, CHINA

    The northeastern province of Liaoning is leasing hundreds of uninhabited islands, primarily for tourism purposes.

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  • TRAVEL TRENDS, CHINA

    ITB estimates 71 percent of travelers prefer FIT and self-driving vacations.

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  • SINGAPORE TRAVEL

    Lifting restrictions for New Zealand and Brunei travelers starting Sept 1.

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  • CHINA TRAVEL

    Restrictions for travelers from 36 European countries significantly eased.

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  • PINDUODUO

    Launches fashion WeChat Mini Program.

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  • KUAISHOU

    Live stream platform reaches 170 million users.

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  • WECHAT BAN

    White House reassurances over extent of ban saw Tencent Holdings Ltd. climb 5.8 percent.

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  • BEIJING INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

    Will screen 300 films and run from Aug 22 to 29.

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  • CHINA TRAVEL REVENUE

    Chinese travel agencies grossed $100 billion in 2019.

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  • ALIBABA

    Reports 34 percent increase in year-on-year revenue, $22.2 billion.

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  • GROUP TOURS, CHINA

    Ctrip reports 150 percent month-to-month increase in group package sales.

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  • MOGAO CAVES, GANSU PROVINCE

    UNESCO site live streams via e-commerce platform Tmall.

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  • AUCTION MARKET, CHINA

    Painting by Zeng Fanzhi records highest price of Chinese contemporary artwork —$23.3 million.

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  • PAYPAL, CHINA

    Appoints first China CEO, sign of major Mainland ambitions.

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  • TIKTOK, U.S.

    Oracle joins Microsoft in bidding for ByteDance's short-video app.

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  • VACATION BROWSING, CHINA

    Search data from Trip.com shows dramatic drop in Chinese looking at overseas destinations .

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  • HILTON X HASBRO

    Year long collaboration will bring IP from game company to more than 50 China hotels.

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  • TRAVEL AGREEMENT, CHINA

    Trip.com and JD.com sign strategic partnership to work together across tourism and e-commerce.

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  • HONG KONG TOURISM

    July arrivals up 41 percent over June.

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  • U.S.-CHINA BUISINESS

    70 percent of U.S.-China Business Council members remain optimistic on 5-year outlook.

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  • SHANGHAI ART

    Power Station of Art and China Art Museum Shanghai exhibition opens showcasing Chinese biennale work.

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  • HILTON

    Sees room occupancy rise to 60 percent.

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  • SAN FRANCISCO TOURISM

    Chinese visitation expected to drop 73 percent in 2020.

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  • BYTEDANCE, U.S.

    Escalating legal and PR campaign in response to potential ban.

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  • LAS VEGAS AIRPORT

    Discontinues use of WeChat account it launched in 2017.

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  • MACAU TOURISM

    China resumes tourist visas for Macau.

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  • NATIONAL MUSEUM OF CHINA

    Second most visited museum in 2019, after the Louvre.

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  • TRAVEL FAVORITES, CHINA

    Yangtze River Delta, Pearl River Delta, and Sanya the most popular destinations for Chinese tourists.

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  • JAPAN-CHINA

    Actively working to lift travel ban.

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  • WESTERN REGIONS TOURISM DEVELOPMENT, CHINA

    Tourism company launches IPO on Shenzhen Stock Exchange

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  • LUXURY BRANDS, CHINA

    In 2020, numerous intl. fashion houses are focusing on Shanghai's art scene.

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  • TERRACOTTA WARRIORS, CHINA

    Receiving 20,000 daily visitors — it has a 30 percent capacity limit.

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  • HAINAN, CHINA

    Tourists increased 210 percent in second half of July.

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  • PERFORMING ARTS, CHINA

    Industry cancelled 40,000 shows and lost $547 million in Q1.

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  • FORBIDDEN CITY AT 600

    People's Bank of China releases commemorative coins for anniversary — they're legal tender.

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  • GAMING, CHINA

    Sales reach $19.9 billion H1 2020, a 22 percent year-on-year increase.

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  • MGM CHINA

    Resort operator announces 19.8 occupancy in H1 2020.

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  • HAINAN HOTEL OCCUPANCY, CHINA

    City of Sanya saw check-ins increase 105 percent compared to June.

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  • MARKET OUTLOOK

    Chinese travel intention and spending are down roughly 30 percent.

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  • CHINA TOURISM

    Outbound market to take a year to recover, ITB China.

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  • TRIP.COM

    Singapore hotels record $2.72m in sales via Trip.com live streams .

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  • EMPEROR QINSHIHUANG'S MAUSOLEUM SITE MUSEUM

    Home of Terracotta Warriors launches WeChat Mini Program.

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  • CTRIP

    Considering delisting from Nasdaq.

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  • WECHAT

    Short-video feature, Channels, draws 200 million users in under six months.

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  • CHINA ECONOMY

    Expected to grow 2.5 percent over 2020.

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  • CHINA-UKRAINE TRAVEL

    Ukraine cancels visa requirements for Chinese tourists until Jan 2021.

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  • PALACE MUSEUM, BEIJING

    Increases visitor capacity to 12,000 per day.

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  • CHINESE OUTBOUND TRAVEL

    43 percent expect rebound within nine to 12 months, according to ITB China Travel.

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  • CULTURAL PRODUCTS, CHINA

    Sales of traditional Chinese costumes, Hanfu, rose 3000 percent Jan to June on Pinduoduo.

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  • TENCENT

    Proposes buying search engine Sogou Inc. for $2.13 billion.

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  • BEIJING CAPITAL INTL. AIRPORT

    Newly opened airport expected to lose $108 million H1 2020.

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  • MALDIVES TOURISM

    Reopened on July 15 with govt officials actively courting Chinese visitors.

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  • NEW ZEALAND TOURISM

    Govt promotion of domestic tourism failing to compensate for loss of intl travelers.

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  • XI'AN, CHINA

    Resumption of inter-provincial group travel a boost for the ancient capital.

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  • PRADO MUSEUM, SPAIN

    Hosts live stream with Alibaba's Fliggy — 410,000 tuned-in.

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  • CRUISE INDUSTRY, CHINA

    Ministry of Transport allows relaunch for domestic cruises — capacity limited to 50 percent.

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  • CHINA-SOUTH KOREA

    The number of weekly flights between the two countries will double.

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  • THE MALDIVES

    Reopens to tourists with mandatory testing on arrival.

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  • BEIJING MUSEUMS, CHINA

    54 museums have reopened at 50 percent capacity.

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  • EXTENDED WEEKENDS, CHINA

    Chinese provinces are considering introducing a 2.5 day weekend to boost spending.

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  • FLIGHT FEARS, U.S.

    67 percent of Americans are uncomfortable flying, according to The Manifest.

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  • MARRIOTT, CHINA

    Mainland occupancy will reach 60 percent next month and forecasted to hit pre-COVID levels by early 2021.

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  • SINGAPORE TOURISM BOARD

    Launches $32.5 million marketing and promotion campaign to drive local travel demand.

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  • CHINESE CINEMA

    Movie theatres reopened in major cities on July 20 with mixed success.

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  • VANCOUVER, CANADA

    Chinese Canadian Museum Society of British Columbia overseeing new museum.

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  • U.S.-CHINA TRAVEL

    Travel intent from China to the U.S. fell 18 percent, according to research from Brand USA.

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  • PALACE MUSEUM

    Creates new WeChat Mini Program placing its cultural resources in one program.

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  • GROUP TRAVEL, CHINA

    China's Ministry of Culture and Tourism allows agencies to sell interprovincial group package tours.

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  • JD GROUP

    Partners with Beijing Tourism Group and invests in digital upgrade.

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  • DOMESTIC TRAVEL, CHINA

    82 percent tourists made reservations over Dragon Boat Festival, up 4 percent from Labor Day, says China Tourism Academy.

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  • PINDUODUO

    E-commerce platform sees users reach 471 million, up from 344 million in 2018.

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  • HONG KONG MUSEUMS

    Shut for a third time in response to recent COVID-19 wave.

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  • MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND TOURISM, CHINA

    Allows domestic tourism sites to reach 50 percent capacity, up from 30 percent.

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  • PINDUODUO

    E-commerce platform working with foreign embassies to sell merchandise via live streams.

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  • HAINAN, CHINA

    Loosening of duty-free policy and heavy promotions see sales spike on tourism island.

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  • 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.

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  • CTRIP

    Travel agent report estimates 37.77 million domestic trips over Dragon Boat Festival, generating $1.36 billion.

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  • VIETNAM TRAVEL

    Ministry of Transport agrees to resume flights with China.

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  • TENCENT

    Invests $40 million in online arts education startup Meishubao.

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  • TOURISM, GUANGXI PROVINCE

    Giant tourist park under construction, will include performing arts, shopping, and leisure facilities.

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  • LOUVRE, PARIS

    Reopened on July 6 with health and safety restrictions.

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  • UAE-CHINA CULTURE WEEK

    Five-day virtual event celebrating cultural ties.

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  • CTRIP

    Survey from travel giant shows +80 percent of Chinese want to travel H2 2020.

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  • BRITISH MUSEUM POP UP

    London institution opens event selling IP goods in Shanghai Shimao Festival City.

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  • NETEASE, CHINA

    Tech company's FEVER campaign is bringing live music performances to popular tourist destinations.

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  • CHINESE GEN-ZERS

    Mafengwo report shows 60 percent of Gen-Zers are willing to spend more on safe dining.

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  • THAILAND TOURISM AND SPORTS MINISTRY

    Thai authorities to launch China campaign encouraging travel to 'bubble zones'.

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  • TRAVEL RECOVERY

    The Economist Intelligence Unit predicts global outbound travel numbers will recover by 2023.

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  • NANJING BUREAU OF CULTURE AND TOURISM, CHINA

    Launches #FourSeasonsOfNanjing Instagram campaign to encourage future visits.

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  • SHANGHAI PERFORMING ARTS

    More than 500 live performances set to go ahead in July and August — albeit at 30 percent capacity.

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  • DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL

    Chinese domestic tourism revenue down 69 percent over holiday.

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  • NATIONAL GALLERY, LONDON

    After more than 100 days closed, it will become first museum in the capital to reopen, July 8.

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  • TRAVEL BUBBLES, EUROPE

    The EU will reopen borders to 15 non-member countries from July.

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  • SINGAPORE TOURISM BOARD

    Using Tencent cloud conference software to host China-Ready Webinar.

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  • TRIP.COM

    Creates $500 million fund to support hotel and airline recovery.

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  • DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL

    26 million train trips expected over Chinese holiday.

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  • CHINESE MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND TOURISM

    Set 30 percent maximum capacity for venues.

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  • BEIJING GALLERY, LONDON

    798 Art District gallery Tabula Rasa to open London venue showcasing young Chinese artists.

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  • CHINA EASTERN AIRLINES

    Selling unlimited "Flight Pass" to all domestic destinations for 3,322 yuan ($470).

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  • CHINA FLIGHTS

    Delta Airlines to resume flights to China in early July.

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  • CULTURAL RESERVATIONS, CHINA

    Online bookings likely to remain mandatory for major Chinese cultural destinations.

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  • EGYPT TRAVEL

    Receives "Safe Travel Stamp" from the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC).

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  • SUSTAINABLE TOURISM

    Six travel organisations form coalition focused on economically and ecologically sustainable tourism.

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  • TIKTOK

    Revenue of China-owned short-video platform to hit $500 million in 2020.

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  • DISNEYLAND, HONG KONG

    Officially reopened June 18 with special health procedures for visitors.

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  • HAINAN, CHINA

    Despite setbacks, holiday island making strong recovery — hotel occupancy at 61.5 percent of 2019 figures.

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  • BEIJING ART

    New COVID-19 outbreak in the capital shutters city's recently reopened art scene.

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  • AIRBNB, CHINA

    Most cities recovering back pre-coronavirus booking levels, says Peng Tao, CEO of Airbnb China.

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  • SINO-ITALIAN CULTURE

    Kunming, Yunnan province, hosts Raphael exhibition in collaboration with Italian cultural authorities.

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  • CHIANG MAI, THAILAND

    Industry experts warn 50 percent of tourism operators could close.

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  • HUBEI PROVINCIAL MUSEUM, CHINA

    Wuhan museum reopens after four-month closure, a symbolic moment.

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  • 2020 INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE FOOD FESTIVAL

    Events across Chinese cities celebrate national "time-honored" brands in partnership with food-tech giant Meituan Dianping.

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  • INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF MUSEUMS

    Survey from 1,600 museums across 107 countries shows 94 percent closed and one third reduced staff.

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  • YUGANG GROTTOES, CHINA

    3D-scan generated of UNESCO site in Shanxi Province.

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  • TERRACOTTA WARRIORS

    Chinese Cultural Center (CCC) Sydney launches virtual exhibition series for Australians.

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  • EAST ASIAN BUBBLE

    Thai officials expressed potential travel bubble with Japan, South Korea, and Vietnam.

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  • CHINA FLIGHTS

    95 foreign airlines can apply to resume flights following suspension.

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  • FLIGGY, ALIBABA

    Staged over 25,000 influencer live streaming sessions since February.

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  • HONG KONG

    Easing travel restrictions on business travel to mainland China.

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  • VIETNAM TOURISM

    Ahead of regional Southeast Asian nations in reopening.

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  • CHINA-AUSTRALIA TRAVEL

    China’s Ministry of Culture advised public to avoid travel to Australia, citing racial discrimination, June 5.

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  • GALLERY WEEKEND BEIJING

    Art fair videos received 1.5 million views with 160,000 tuning into its Kuaishou livestreams.

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  • THAILAND TOURISM

    Govt creates health certification system for hotels and restaurants aimed at assuring travelers.

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  • UKRAINE-CHINA TOURISM

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky proposing visa-free travel for Chinese citizens.

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  • CHINA TOURISM

    Premier Li Keqiang announced a resumption of promoting tourism and culture industries in June 4 meeting.

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  • SINGAPORE-CHINA

    Fast-lane to open June 8, it will initially focus on essential business travel.

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  • TRIP.COM

    Reports $754 million loss in Q1 2019.

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  • LIVESTREAMING, CHINA

    More than 4 million e-commerce live-streaming activities held Q1 2019.

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  • DOMESTIC TRAVEL, CHINA

    Among Chinese tourists changing plans, 36 percent switched from international to domestic.

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  • BLACKROCK INC

    Cited Asian domestic tourism as a positive investment opportunity, June 3.

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  • TRAVEL REVIVAL, CHINA

    Air ticket sales pass 50 percent of 2019 numbers, a sign of growing consumer confidence.

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  • CHINA AVIATION

    Following South Korea's lead, charter flight applications are being accepted from seven countries.

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  • VAN GOGH MUSEUM, AMSTERDAM

    Appoints IMG as its exclusive licensing partner for China, North and South America, Africa, and Middle East.

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  • ART PARIS

    Partnering with Artsy for a fully digital 22nd edition.

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  • AI WEIWEI

    Brings together art and activism with 10,000 face masks sold for charity through eBay.

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  • X MUSEUM, BEIJING

    Much-anticipated museum focused on young Chinese artists opens May 30.

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  • HONG KONG GALLERIES

    "Unscheduled", a 10-day art event will be held June 17 to 27

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  • INSTITUTE OF ASIAN ART, VANCOUVER

    Launches a new Mandarin-language virtual lecture series of art talks.

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  • TAT, THAILAND

    Best-case scenario estimates 16 to 18 million inbound tourists — Thailand received 39 million in 2019.

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  • SHANGHAI ORIENTAL ART CENTER

    Holds first post COVID-19 performance in 4 months — capacity limited to 30 percent.

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  • CHINESE BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

    Will build Chinese Basketball Museum in Tianjin, the birthplace of the sport in China.

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  • 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.

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  • CHINA-SOUTH KOREA

    Two countries create controlled travel corridor.

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  • CORONAVIRUS FUNDRAISING

    Artist Sirui Ma, FAR-NEAR, a cross-cultural book series, and friends are raising funds for the Asian American Federation.

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  • UCCA, BEIJING

    Director, Phil Tinari, discusses the crisis in the context of China's art world on the podcast Art Angle.

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  • GALLERY WEEKEND, BEIJING

    Postponed major art event set to open May 22 to May 31.

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  • 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.

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  • FLIGGY

    Alibaba's travel platform partners with tourism boards of Finland, Germany, France, and Serbia bringing tourist attractions online.

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  • INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM DAY

    Palace Museum holds live streams on short video services TikTok and Kuaishou, a continuation of its COVID-19 initiatives.

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  • MAY DAY REVENUE, CHINA

    Jiangxi province, southeast China, raked in 15.38 billion RMB over the holiday, more than any other province.

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  • CULTURAL AND NATURAL HERITAGE DAY

    Chinese e-commerce companies will co-host a shopping festival selling IP cultural goods, June 13.

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  • VIETNAM

    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.

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  • CHINA MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND TOURISM

    Launches "China Weeks", a digital showcase of Chinese art designed to engage Britons under lockdown.

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  • DISNEYLAND, SHANGHAI

    Reopened with anti-virus measures including limiting visitation numbers, mandating face-masks, and requiring advanced reservations.

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  • CHINA PERFORMING ARTS AGENCY THEATERS

    Hosting 10-hour online concert ft. 150 Int'l. performers, May 9.

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  • CHRISTIE'S + CHINA GUARDIAN

    Auction houses will unite for series of sales and exhibitions labelled "2020+".

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  • LABOR DAY, CHINA

    Domestic trips numbered 115 million, generating 47.6 billion RMB ($6.7billion) in tourism revenue.

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  • 2020 FORECAST

    April survey of Chinese living in first tier cities shows 49 percent plan to travel overseas this year.

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  • BEIJING CULTURAL ASSETS ADMINISTRATION CENTER

    Issues 50 million RMB ($7 million) in e-vouchers to boost cultural consumption.

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  • LABOR DAY, CHINA

    Number traveling outside of home city rose by 50 percent over first day of five-day holiday.

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  • 798 ART DISTRICT, BEIJING

    Opening of planned museum dedicated to Alberto Giacometti and Pablo Picasso has been delayed.

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  • 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.

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  • PALACE MUSEUM

    After a three-month closure, Beijing's Forbidden City will reopen on May 1 in time for the Labor Day holiday.

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  • SHANGHAI MUSEUMS

    Over 100 cultural venues are implementing a single reservation approach to guarantee visitor safety during reopening.

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  • ASIA SOCIETY

    A two-part triennial featuring 41 artists from 20 countries will run Oct 27 (2020) to June 27 (2021).

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  • PINDUODUO

    E-commerce platform records 270 percent month-to-month increase for short trip bookings.

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  • ART BASEL

    Art fair organizer outlined full refunds for galleries if cancelation occurs.

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  • TRIP.COM

    Predicts 90 million tourists across upcoming Labor Day holiday.

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  • DAVID ZWIRNER

    Launches online viewing room, Lixia, a bilingual online viewing room (English and Mandarin).

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  • UCCA, BEIJING

    798 Art Zone museum scheduled to reopen May 21.

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  • BERLIN, GERMANY

    Some museums in the capital scheduled to reopen on May 4.

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  • TOURISM FORECAST

    Inter-university report predicts global tourism industry will lose $22 billion in 2020.

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  • JD.COM

    E-commerce platform invites Chinese museum curators to live stream tours and connect browsers to merchandise pages.

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  • 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.

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  • MUSEUM OF CHINESE IN AMERICA, NEW YORK

    Post-fire, MOCA launches social media campaign for people to share videos about their treasured objects.

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  • BEIJING

    Popular sections of the Great Wall are among the 73 cultural destinations now open in the capital.

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  • TRIP.COM

    Survey from online travel company shows 16 percent of Chinese will be ready to travel over May's Golden Week.

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  • DUNHUANG ACADEMY X TENCENT

    Partnership between UNESCO Site and tech giant creates animated drama series.

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  • CHINA ART MUSEUM

    Opens exhibition focused on China's battle against COVID-19.

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  • 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.

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  • SINA WEIBO

    Online classes exploring 68 works of intangible cultural heritage have received 1.7 billion views.

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  • GOOGLE ARTS & CULTURE

    Teamed up with 2,500+ museums and galleries around the globe to offer virtual tours and online exhibits.

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  • #MuseumMomentofZen

    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.

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  • PETERSEN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM, LOS ANGELES

    Offering daily programmed live streams. Lessons to cover propulsion, aerodynamics, racing and other topics.

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  • METROPOLITAN OPERA, NEW YORK CITY

    Playing free digital shows every night through March 22.

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  • 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.

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  • 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”.

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  • WALKER ART MUSEUM, MINNEAPOLIS

    Offering virtual catalogs of existing collections online.

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  • METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART

    Asia Week cancelled. NYC auction houses move event to June.

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  • PORT DISCOVERY CHILDREN’S MUSEUM, BALTIMORE

    Using website to share craft activities for kids to try at home.

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  • SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION 

    Made 2.8 million images available online, evidencing global effort to upload collections.

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  • NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA

    Xu Zhen holds first solo show Down Under, “Xu Zhen: Eternity vs Evolution”. Mar. 14 to Sept. 13. 

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  • MOGAO CAVES, GANSU PROVINCE

    Offering online virtual reality and panoramic museum experiences. The latest digitization effort by Dunhuang Academy.

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  • MUSÉE D’ORSAY, PARIS

    Virtual reality tours, exhibition videos, and footage from concerts available online. Chinese translation of museum history is also available. 

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  • SCUDERIE DEL QUIRINALE, ROME

    Blockbuster Raphael exhibition closed. Reports show 70,000 advance tickets had been purchased. 

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  • MUSEUM OF CHINESE IN AMERICA, NEW YORK CITY

    Post fire, workers recovered most of the institution’s 85,000 item collection, March 8.

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  • GALLERY WEEKEND BEIJING

    2020 edition postponed in compliance with official safety recommendations. 

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  • SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

    “Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World” exhibition combats misinformation about COVID-19. On view through 2021.

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  • TONGCHENG ELONG

    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.

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  • UK CHINESE CHOIR

    Held charity concert in London. International artists performed "Together” by Chinese composer Jiang Li to support coronavirus efforts. 

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  • ASIA SOCIETY, HOUSTON

    “Eternal Offerings: Chinese Ritual Bronzes” exhibition on view through Aug. 9. 

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  • 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.

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  • ASIA WEEK NEW YORK

    Moving forward with scheduled gallery exhibitions and talks despite major art auction postponements. March 12 to19. 

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  • GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, NEW YORK 

    "Countryside, The Future" exhibition emphasizes China's dramatic rural revitalization. Showing through Aug. 14.

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  • NEW ORLEANS MUSEUM OF ART

    Hosts major exhibition of Asian art titled “Buddha and Shiva, Lotus and Dragon”. March 13 to June 7.

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  • SOTHEBY'S

    Relocates modern and contemporary sales to New York amid travel restrictions. 

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  • JINGART 2020, BEIJING

    Art fair cancelled due to coronavirus outbreak. It was originally scheduled for May 21 to 25,

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  • ART BASEL HONG KONG

    Launches online viewing rooms following cancelation. 

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  • BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 

    Holding free pop-up concerts after Asia tour cancelled due to virus. 

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  • MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS, SAN DIEGO

    “Out of the Shadows: Contemporary Chinese Photography” opens March 7. 

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  • PALACE MUSEUM, BEIJING

    3-D tours and special exhibitions for 600th anniversary of Forbidden City now accessible online.

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  • NATIONAL CULTURAL HERITAGE ADMINISTRATION

    Around 100 “cloud” exhibitions can be enjoyed from home via China’s NCHA website.

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  • PENN MUSEUM, PHILADELPHIA

    Offering weekly guided tours in Mandarin.

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  • ANTWERP SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, BELGIUM

    Tan Dun dedicates new composition, “Sound Pagoda - The 12 Sounds of Wuhan,” to fighting coronavirus in Antwerp concert.

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  • QYER

    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.

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  • BEIJING NATIONAL MUSEUM

    “The Journey Back Home: An Exhibition of Chinese Artifacts Repatriated from Italy” made available online. 

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  • 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. 

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  • BEIJING ZOO

    Launched web service amid coronavirus. Visitors can enjoy daily animal videos, images, and updates through the park’s social media platforms.

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  • 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. 

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  • SANXINGDUI MUSEUM, GUANGHAN

    “Discovering the Sanxingdui Ruins” offers viewers an online tour of Sichuan province, southwest China, with 286 sets of unearthed relics. 

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  • 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. 

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  • SHANGHAI MUSEUM 

    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.

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  • 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. 

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  • BRAND USA

    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. 

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  • HE ART MUSEUM, CHINA 

    Opening of Tadao Ando–designed institution in Guangdong province delayed due to coronavirus. 

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  • MUSÉE CERNUSCHI, FRANCE

    Tech-centric renovation of the Museum of the Asian Arts of Paris to be completed in March. 

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  • HAWAII TOURISM AUTHORITY

    China Summit on digital trends postponed until further notice. 

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  • CHINESE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF CHICAGO

    “Attic Treasures II,” exhibition opened Feb. 1. 

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  • BRITISH MUSEUM

    Extensive Ming dynasty porcelain collection on first UK tour starting Feb. 7. 

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  • 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.

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  • 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. 

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  • LACMA, LOS ANGELES

    Construction of David Geffen Galleries on track for early 2020, creating modern spaces for today’s guests. 

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  • 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.

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  • AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY, NEW YORK

    Holding after-hours program with champagne reception and show at the Planetarium, Feb. 15.

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  • AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM

    Commemorates Year of the Rat with diverse festive programming through Feb. 9. Mandarin tours available four times daily. 

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  • PLANET WORD MUSEUM, WASHINGTON D.C.

    Institution dedicated to language opens May 31. Interactive and immersive exhibitions will appeal Chinese visitors to the capital.

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  • 798 ART DISTRICT, BEIJING

    National Picasso Museum and Giacometti Foundation to open museum in July. French institutions continue growing China connections. 

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  • UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD

    Celebrates New Year with cultural shows, festive snacks, costumed Chinese characters, and a Mandarin Megatron, Jan. 23 to Feb. 9. 

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  • BEVERLY CENTER, LOS ANGELES

    Partnered with Chinese artist Momo Wang for commemorative New Year WeChat stickers. 

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  • YOKOHAMA CHINATOWN, JAPAN

    Hosting annual lantern festival, Feb. 8.

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  • V&A 

    Friday Late 2020 program announced. After-dark series tailored to attract Chinese students and FITs.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • TOURISM IRELAND

    Launches WeChat Mini Program providing maps, travel info, translation, and tax refunds. Shows broad applicability of Mini Programs for DMOs.

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  • 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.

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  • NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC

    Lunar New Year Concert and Gala conducted by Long Yu, Jan 28, features US Premiere of Zhou Tian’s "Gift".

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • CHINA-ITALY

    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.

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  • LAS VEGAS

    “Meet Vegas” WeChat Mini Program launched, Jan 16. Chinese travelers access information and payment options across the city’s participating hotels, casinos, and airport.

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  • MET

    Creates tea set for CNY inspired by museum collection. Releasing tasteful and timely cultural products helps build brand awareness in China.

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  • NGV

    Celebrates CNY with free cultural activities, Jan 25. Seasonal offerings show cultural savvy and increases contact with local Chinese and visiting travelers.

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  • SHANGHAI MUSEUM

    Signed agreement with AI company iFLYTEK. Technological integration continues across Chinese museums, a reflection of visitor demand for smart and immersive experiences.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • RED DOT MUSEUM

    Design institution's "Human-Nature" exhibition is fully bilingual.

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  • HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON FOUNDATION

    Bringing "CHINA, 1948-1949" to Taipei Museum of Fine Arts, April 11 to July 19.

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  • BLACKHAWK MUSEUM

    Californian museum will open "Into China" gallery Jan 25.

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  • Go West Summit

    B2B tourism event held in Oregon, March 24 to 27.

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  • HAWAII TOURISM AUTHORITY

    Hosting China Summit on digital trends, March 5.

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  • M+

    Hong Kong’s new super-museum to boast 360 ft. LED 'art screen'.

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  • NASHVILLE ZOO

    America's largest Chinese lantern festival running until Dec 23.

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  • AGNSW

    Sydney museum saw 52 percent increase in Chinese visitors from "Heaven and Earth in Chinese Art" show.

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  • LACMA

    "The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China", closing Jan 5, 2020.

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  • SAN DIEGO CHINESE HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND MUSEUM

    Chinese New Year Banquet set for Jan 25th, 2020.

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  • ASIA WEEK NEW YORK

    Chinese version of event website to be launched in Feb 2020.

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  • CHINA TOURISM NIGHT 2019

    China's Ministry of Culture and Tourism holds New York trade show, Dec 10.

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  • MICA

    Contemporary art museum designed by Zaha Hadid Architects' opens in Changsha, central China.

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  • POLYGON GALLERY

    Vancouver gallery offers guided tours in Mandarin and a mobile app with audio guides.

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  • Chinese Consulate General in Chicago

    Hosts reception to promote cultural exchange, Dec 8

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  • HE ART MUSEUM

    New private museum in Guangdong province will open to public on March 21, 2020.

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  • 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.

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  • MYHELSINKI

    The Design Museum's audio guide has been integrated into MyHelsinki's WeChat Mini Program.

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  • 2019 ART BASEL MIAMI BEACH

    Premier art fair runs Dec 5 to 8.

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  • LINCOLN CENTER

    Lanzhou Song & Dance Theatre graces New York with “Tales of the Silk Road” from Jan 9 to 12.

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  • TATE MODERN

    Staging Steve McQueen Exhibition, Feb 13 to May 11.

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  • ARGENTINA TOURISM

    Promotion agreement with Fliggy leads to documentary "Banquet Planet" aired on video platform Youku.

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  • RUBELL MUSEUM

    New Miami campus to open on December 4 with strong contemporary Chinese collection including Ai Weiwei, Qiu Zhijie, and Zhu Jinshi.

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  • MELBOURNE MUSEUM

    Bilingual tour of museum launched on WeChat.

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  • CAG

    Katharine Meng-Yuan leads Mandarin tour of Vancouver gallery Sunday, December 8.

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  • UCCA CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART

    Show by Chinese-American artist Hung Liu scheduled to open on Dec. 6 has been cancelled.

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  • SAINT PETERSBURG INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL FORUM

    China is a major guest at the event organised by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation.

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  • NGV | COLLECTING COMME

    National Gallery of Victoria, Australia, is promoting fashion exhibition across Chinese social media.

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  • CHATEAU DE MAISONS

    The Chateau on the Parisian outskirts posted on Weibo about an upcoming "Fantaisies pour un Palais" exhibition.

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  • PICASSO AND GIACOMETTI

    The Paris institutions are collaborating to open a museum in Beijing's 798 Arts District in June 2020.

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  • ATENEUM ART MUSEUM

    Finland's best-known art museum boasts a Chinese landing page and has been included in MyHelsinki WeChat Mini Program.

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  • MUSEUM OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK

    The Upper East Side venue will launch a WeChat account in December.

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  • RUBIN MUSEUM

    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.

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  • CENTRAL ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS (BEIJING)

    British artist Anish Kapoor holds first major solo show in China.

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  • ASIA NOW

    The fifth edition of Parisian art fair, ASIA NOW, showcasing emerging artists, performances, and collector displays takes place October 16 to 20.

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  • 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.

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  • BROOKLYN MUSEUM

    After a six-years of work, Brooklyn Museum reopened its reimagined arts of China and Arts of Japan galleries to the public.

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  • GREAT LAKES USA

    Great Lakes USA ran an eight day promotional photoshoot aimed at the Chinese market ahead of the 2020 Ryder Cup.

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  • CATCH DES MOINES

    Catch Des Moines is preparing its China-connections in anticipation of the Farm Progress Show and 2020 World Pork EXPO.

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