In April launched “Greece-China 2017 Year of Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation in Creative Industries”. At present, Greek Minister of Culture and Sports Lydia Koniordou is paying a week-long visit in China.
Her first debut in front of the whole world was in the opening ceremony of 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. She is a Greek national actress, who has portrayed on the stage Medea and a series of wonderful figures in the history of Greek dramas. She has a profound theoretical knowledge, teaches and directs ancient Greek dramas in University of Oxford, New York University and Shanghai Theater Academy.
When it comes to drama, she shared her professional opinion, “Ancient Greek drama and Chinese Beijing Opera are both an art integrated with music, poetry and dance. There are plenty of similarities and differences in theater performance for the two countries, which shows us the meaning and the reason of our dialogue and exchange. I have started teaching ancient Greek drama in Shanghai Theater Academy, and I was looking for dialogues and communication on theater stage between the two ancient civilizations.”
Lydia Koniordou regards as important the China visit, “China and Greece are two parallelly existing great ancient civilizations. The mutual exchange between two civilizations will surely benefit each other. Chinese is a charming language, which can take us back to human memory of countless generations ago and enrich the sensation experience. I try to start learning Chinese and I would like to use such language to learn about Chinese culture and to communicate with Chinese people.”
Her first Chinese language mentor is Tong Luo, famous translator Niansheng Luo’s granddaughter. Niangsheng Luo, translator of the Complete Work of Ancient Greek Drama; Jinling Luo, famous director of a series of ancient and modern Greek dramas such as Medea and Supper; Tong Luo, owner of Qian He Culture Center and director of recently staged Greek drama Oedipus Rex; three generations in Luo family constitute the cultural inheritance sequence between China and Greece. Lydia’s Chinese language learning journey is just “unique”.
Lydia’s China visit begins from Shanghai, followed by Dunhuang, a city blended with eastern and western civilization, then to China’s capital Beijing. The journey is to trace the cultural history of “One Belt One Road” and to explore one foreign language through the dramas and murals. It is believed that the journey will bring her brand new life experience and with a Chinese-speaking Greek minister of culture, the cultural exchange between two ancient civilizations will step forward onto another even more broad stage.
Shanghai Disneyland is officially open to public at 12 pm on June 16th. Two specific subway cars on Disney theme of Line No.11, designed and brought to reality by Shanghai Metro Group and Shanghai Disney Resort, will depart in opposite direction, respectively from Disney Resort Station and Luoshan Road Station.
Inside the subway carriage, lovely cartoon characters are painted on all the doors and walls–Mickey looking at the passenger seats, Goofy sitting with legs crossed and Donald making pyramids. Over the passengers’ heads is a whole piece of blue sky on the roof. Some Disney classic images, as high as passengers and covering six sections of the subway cars, are welcoming the guests by each door along the subway line.
According to the news of Russia’s Kommersant on June 11th, American management consulting firm A.T. Kearney recently announced the ranking of the world’s most influential cities.
It is reported that a total of 125 major cities in the selection. London dominated the top once again, while New York stepped down to second place owing to the positive business activities and political participation, followed by Paris, Tokyo and Hong Kong. Chinese capital Beijing was ranked No.9 and Korean Seoul No.11. Lagging behind the others in commercial activities, human capital and information communication, Moscow has dropped to No.18, prior to China’s Shanghai and Argentina’s Buenos Aires.
The ranking result is mainly based on 27 criteria of assessment, including commercial activity, residents’ level of education, global information communication, culture atmosphere and citizen’s political participation, etc. The first two account for the most, playing a decisive role in the overall score for each city.
The trial operation of Shanghai Disney Resort ends today. It is reported that the number of tourists the resort had welcomed exceeded 500,000.
During the trial operation, tourists had to wait in line for 2-3 hours for many popular events, such as the hottest one “Over the Horizon”, some lined up even for 6 hours. Although the long queue got relatively highly accepted in the trial, the passenger flow is sure to be huger after the official opening. It is absolutely essential for the resort to deal with this upcoming problem.
The resort has introduced the Fast Pass to visitors during the trial operation so that they could make a more reasonable arrangement for the events, but Fast Passes got “seckilled”(quickly sold out) at the opening and tourists had to line up to get the pass as well. In respond to this, the Disney resort operator explained that the 7 tourists’ centers where Fast Pass got distributed in the resort were not all open to public and given the employees were not skilled enough, the passes were not fully issued during the trial operation. The operator added that the tourists would get at least one fast pass in a day after the official opening.
Disney operation department is actively working out the adjustment and improvement plan according to the suggestions and comments. After the official opening, it is likely to restrict the number of tourists to ensure a comfortable environment. In addition, security and emergency work for food, heat and rainfall and increase of strollers, wheelchairs are on the schedule for visitors’ reservation.
On June 16, Shanghai Disneyland will be officially open to public. At present, it is published that Shanghai Disneyland ticket fare is set at RMB499 (about USD76) per head during the opening period from June 16th to 30th and summer vacation in July and August. From September onwards, peak-day ticket fare remains at RMB499 while standard-day ticket fare at RMB370 (about USD56.38) per head. At the news conference previously held by municipal government, Shanghai Disneyland Resort had announced that the tickets for the first two weeks after the official opening had completely sold out and a small amount of tickets are available for July to September visits.