TNT Theater’s Tour Will Visit Tianjin, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Beijing, Ningbo, Hangzhou And Xi’an
TNT's past staging of "Oliver Twist" was a big hit in Beijing
It seems that cultural exchanges between China and the rest of the world are becoming increasingly commonplace, with large-scale events like Carnegie Hall’s “Ancient Paths, Modern Voices” festivals in New York and Orange County, the “Experience China in Israel” event in Tel Aviv giving foreign audiences a chance to see a cultural cross-section. Over the past few years in China, foreign cultural organizations and groups have made regular trips to the country to give Chinese audiences a chance to do the same. The most recent of these cultural exchanges, a staging of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” performed by Britain’s TNT Theater, began its seven-city tour of China this week, and is set to perform the play throughout the country until November 29. From Xinhua:
Cui Yang, general manager of the Beijing-based Milky Way Arts and Communications Co., Ltd, the play’s importer, said the new version featured a cappella (singing without instrumental accompaniment) and live score which was specially commissioned for the play.
According to Cui, all the sound effects in the drama were created by human voices instead of being pre-recorded.
The TNT Theater, founded in 1980, has been distinguished for its simple stage decoration, strong British style and cross-gender performances. It has previously won the acclaim of Chinese audience with dramas such as Charles Dickens’ “Oliver Twist” and Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”.
In the run-up to next year’s Shanghai’s World Expo, and certainly in its aftermath, we should see a great deal more cultural exchange going on both inside and outside China, as more foreign audiences look to learn about China’s ancient and modern cultures, and Chinese audiences look to learn more about important global and historical trends.
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Golfing Legend Reflects On Experience At China’s Top International Golf Course, Located Near Shenzhen
Mission Hills Golf Club is one of the world's "must-see" international courses
We have written before on China’s expansive Mission Hills Golf Club, the world’s largest, and its strong push to attract international players and organizations. Between November 26-29 of this year, the club will welcome one of golf’s greatest events, the Omega World Cup, for the third year in a row. In preparation for this massive tournament, Greg Norman took a trip to Mission Hills to get a sense of the course itself as well as golf’s prospects in China — where it has rapidly gained popularity throughout the country, and looks to continue to do so as high-profile golfing events in China continue to multiply.
Today, golf news site World Golf discusses Norman’s trip to China, his thoughts on the future of golf, and his impressions of Mission Hills. Norman points out his astonishment in seeing that “the development of golf in China has been phenomenal”:
The Omega Mission Hills World Cup will be played for the third straight year on the club’s renowned Olazabal Course, November 26-29. Sergio Garcia, Rory McIlroy and Y.E. Yang are among the stars scheduled to participate in the event’s 55th edition. Featuring 28 two-man teams from nations around the globe, the World Cup is golf’s closest approximation to the Olympic Games.
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Tagged China, chinese, golf, golfing, greg norman, mission hills, PGA, shenzhen, south china, tournament, world cup
Beijing Bests Five Other Cities In Number Of Newly Rich, With 8,800, In Hurun Report’s Newest List
Hurun's Report on the Nouveau Riche took many cultural and geographic factors into account
China Daily writes on the Hurun Report‘s newest list of China’s nouveau riche, tabulating the number of Chinese who have grown wealthy in the last year in six cities — Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Shenzhen, Chengdu, and Shenyang. This report clarifies its methodology by noting that to be a member of the “nouveau riche” in Beijing, a basic consumption standard of at least 87 million yuan each year (approximately 12.73 million USD), is required (About 51,000 people in China have such consumption capability).
While this type of report can be considered by some to be petty and, in some ways, not terribly enlightening — as everybody already knows China’s wealthy are growing very rapidly — it does shed some valuable light not so much on how much money they have, but rather what they are doing with it, and what it means to them. China Daily gives some more detail on this side of the report:
Golf Course Developers, Tour Organizers Betting On Huge Potential Demand In The Chinese Market
China is rapidly becoming one of the world's fastest-growing markets for golf
We have written before on the vast potential that many golf course developers and organizers see in the Chinese market, where the number of golfers has risen exponentially over the last 10-15 years (and continues to rise rapidly). With world-class courses already existing near Shenzhen and Hong Kong, and more expected to be completed in the next few years, it looks like China is already well on its way to becoming one of the world’s great golf destinations.
Today, Golfweek looks into China’s potential as a world market for golf, pointing out excellently that although China may not have a long golf pedigree to push the sport forward, this is not necessarily a handicap, as, “a lack of golf history can be a disadvantage for an emerging market, but freedom from a past also can lead to innovation.”
It is this “innovation” that will make the Chinese market so attractive for world golf, I think, because like some sports without a long history in China — thinking of basketball here — golf has the potential to appeal to millions of enthusiastic and motivated players across the country. Although, granted, golf is more of an “elite” sport than basketball — and requires significantly more practice to develop proficiency — that hasn’t stopped it from taking off among the country’s wealthy and upper-middle-class individuals.
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Tagged China, golf, golfing, golfweek, hong kong, mission hills, shenzhen
Six Cities – Tianjin, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chongqing, Chengdu and Wuhan – Expected To Join The “Megacity” Ranks, With Real Urban Populations Exceeding 10 Million, In Next 15 Years
Six cities should join the ranks of "megacities" like Beijing and Shanghai in the next 15 years. Who will cash in on the new opportunities that will arise?
One of the greatest engines of China’s rapid economic growth has undoubtedly been the massive in-migration of the rural population into the wealthy coastal area. Although this influx has slowed, and even reversed somewhat, as a result of the global economic slowdown, for China’s major cities, its cosmopolitan centers, urban population growth is expected to continue growing for at least the next 10-15 years. As China’s top-tier cities, Beijing and Shanghai, become even more competitive and second- and third-tier cities present young professionals with better job options, the rank of Chinese “megacities” — cities with populations exceeding 10 million — are expected to be joined by six cities: Tianjin, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chongqing, Chengdu and Wuhan. According to a post today on FT’s Dragonbeat blog, the rise of the new Chinese megacity will present new challenges for urban planners. However, I think they will also present unique opportunities.
Tom Miller writes for the Financial Times:
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Chinese Golf Resorts, Nearly Nonexistent 10 Years Ago, Are Sprouting Up Throughout The Country
Mission Hills looks to become one of the world's top golf destinations
In China, the relatively new sport of golf has become the game of choice for businesspeople and sports aficionados across the country. While golf has long enjoyed strong popularity in neighboring Japan and Korea, where it has long been the leisure activity of the elite, golf has only made inroads in China since the late 1990s. Now, however, golf is booming in China, and the country boasts over 200 courses. Of these, several world-class courses have increasingly attracted enthusiasts from around the world — and the PGA — and none of these courses represents the quality of Chinese golf resorts more than Mission Hills Golf Club in Guangdong Province.
Straddling nearly 17 acres of land near Shenzhen, Hong Kong, and Dongguan, Mission Hills is reportedly the world’s largest putting course — with 12 disparate courses and 216 holes — and was designed by American golf course design outfit Schmidt-Curley Design, who has remarked, “There is nothing on the planet that comes close to the course’s size, appearance or playing alternatives…The possibilities are limitless.” But as golf grows in popularity throughout the Mainland, and as more courses spring up to meet the demand of China’s maturing middle class, what will, in the end, set courses like Mission Hills apart from its hundreds of competitors. According to The Examiner, it’s all about the course’s staggering scale and unique localization and personalization efforts:
The Influential Trio Of Hong Kong, Shenzhen, And Guangzhou Roar To Life For Events Like The Guangzhou Triennial
ART HK 09 takes place from May 14-17
Art collectors and lovers are looking to Hong Kong to become Greater China’s devoted art epicenter. The region’s already-enacted duty law reforms, smooth business culture, and unique blend of Asian and Western culture have made it, and continue to make it, the world’s meeting ground. In the arts, this is no exception. Taking place in the heart of China’s wealth factory, the Pearl River Delta of Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Guangzhou — where the Mainland’s first experiments with capitalism took place in the late 1970s — annual events like the Guangzhou Biennial and the upcoming Hong Kong Art Fair (ART HK 09) are big draws for China’s emerging art consumer, the wealthy, investment-savvy “New Chinese Collector.”
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