Wednesday March 5, 2014
From mid-March to mid-April, Sheila Greenspan is once again returning to Shanghai and offering her popular interactive group visits looking at contemporary art.
The course involves her method of interactive facilitated visits to galleries and contemporary museums which allows participants to develop their own skills in looking at art and discussing it with others. The method is designed to help viewers actively engaged with contemporary art through a series of practical and simple visual curating exercises that encourages responses and discussion among the group.
- Place - Selected galleries and museums in Shanghai
- Wednesday course from March 12 to April 16, 10:30 am - 1 pm
- Sunday course starting from March 16 to April 6, 3 pm - 5:30 pm
- Registration & Inquiries - contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo: an installation at Shanghart Gallery, Shanghai. Photo by Sara Naumann.
Tuesday March 4, 2014
The weekend saw a hideous attack on innocent civilians in a train station in Kunming. Chinese news sources say some of the knife-wielding attackers were killed by police, others have been arrested. The attack left nearly 30 dead and 140 wounded. Government officials blame separatists from Xinjiang Autonomous Region.
China, a country of relatively low violent crime, has been left reeling from the attack and tourists are left wondering, is it safe to travel in China?
Airports, bus stations and train stations are already bulking up security. Generally, the biggest problem travelers needed to worry about is petty thievery and pickpockets. But individual acts of terror, while abominable, are not reason to change travel plans to China. Overall, China is an extremely safe place to travel.
I send my sincere condolences to the victims and their families who were affected by the senseless act of terror.
Tuesday February 25, 2014
Hey everybody, it's been TEN years! That's right. Ten years in China. We came to Shanghai during Chinese New Year as it became a monkey in 2004 and so in another two, I'll have made a full zodiac cycle! But back to ten years, I can hardly believe it. It has gone fast. We came for a year, stayed for three and that turned into ten. And we're not planning to leave. Is Shanghai my new home? Well, it certainly is for now.
It has been an unbelievable ten years. There have been so many changes to Shanghai I can hardly enumerate them all. I've seen the Bund transform. I've seen the highest hotel in the world become the second highest (to its next-door neighbor in Pudong). I've changed. I've had babies, I can speak decent Chinese, and now my kids speak better Chinese than I do.
And while in ten years I haven't met my goal of visiting every province, autonomous region and municipality in China, I'm getting there. So much more travel to do, I probably need another twenty years to hit my target.
But as I reminisce about an amazing ten years, let me share with you ten reasons to come to China. Come and have an incredible adventure of your own.
Why Come to China? Ten Great Reasons.
Photo: Life really is a highway - the Shanghai elevated highway illuminated at night. By Sara Naumann. All rights reserved.
Sunday February 23, 2014
While I, of course, never ever purchase pirated DVDs, ahem, I have friends who do... It really used to be the only way to see a good movie in China. But now, more and more big hits are entering the Chinese market and you can see them in theaters. More and more theaters are opening, including many IMAX screens, making movie-going increasingly delightful.
But are movies dubbed? Can you see Chinese movies in English? I have the answers for you here. And while those Hollywood hits do make it to China (and through the censors) a bit on the late side, I'm glad I saw Gravity on the screen and not in my living room.
Read: Watching Movies in China