Do you want to get to know the past and present of Guangzhou?
Do you want to learn about Guangzhou traditional art forms such as paper-cut and “lion head” making?
Do you want to explore what Guangzhou might be like in 2050?
It is with pleasure that we invite you and your family to join us on November 23rd, 2:30pm-5:00 pm to experience all the things above at the Guangzhou Urban Planning Exhibition Center!
The exhibition centre, situated at the heart of the Baiyun New Town near Baiyun Mountain, is an ‘urban culture living room’, and apart from traditional display methods such as display panels and videos, the center also employs large models, 4D dynamics and advanced acoustic and photoelectric technology to give a comprehensive, in-depth presentation of Guangzhou's history, architecture, contemporary construction achievements and future planning.
Learn from the masters
Yu Zhongmin (right) teaching Guangzhou expats to making paper-cuts
Yu Zhongmin, the founder of Lingnan Rong School Paper-cut, is also the vice chairman of the Guangzhou Paper-cut Association and a specially-appointed professor at the Guangzhou Light Industry Technician College. Yu is both an inheritor and an innovator in terms of paper-cut art. He has specialized in paper-cutting for over 20 years and held more than 30 solo exhibitions. His unique style of paper-cut is very popular among fellow artists and the general public alike. In 2010, Yu was one of the artists at the opening ceremony of the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou.
A stage photo of Awakening Lion. [Photo/Guangzhou Daily]
Li Wanzhen and her daughter Zhou Jiaxin are both inheritors of "lion head" making. Her family has been making ‘lion heads’ for lion dancers since the Qing Dynasty, which have become known as ‘Li's Lion Head’, and is one of the main props for the world-famous Kung-fu movie series ‘Huang Feihong’ and the popular dance drama named ‘The Awakening Lion’. In 2018 ‘The Awakening Lion’ by the Guangzhou Song and Dance Theater won the ‘Dance Drama Award’ at the 11th Lotus Awards, the most prestigious dance award in China.
The event ‘Guangzhou: A home away from home for Global Talent’ is an activity hosted by the Guangzhou Foreign Experts Bureau to give foreign experts a chance to get involved in the local life of Guangzhou. This year, GDToday is joining hands with the bureau to organize an extra big event for you, our dear readers!
Over the past few years, GDToday has invited expats to experience different elements of traditional Chinese culture including calligraphy, tea and paper-cutting.
Written by Keane, Monica
Edited by Simon Haywood