CHINA TIME 2014: Germany’s major China-related series of events kicks off in Hamburg

Germany’s major China-related series of events kicks off in Hamburg

Today the German port city of Hamburg launched its 2014 CHINA TIME programme. The opening ceremony was attended by Hamburg's First Mayor, Olaf Scholz, and Chinese Consul General, Yang Huiqun. Up until 23 November, the city is showcasing its strong ties with China. More than 200 events will convey a diverse picture of traditional and contemporary China, highlighting the close relationship between Hamburg and China.

CHINA TIME 2014 focuses on cultural diversity, the highlight being the "Secret Signs" exhibition at the Falkenberg Collection from 08/11/2014 to 08/02/2015. The exhibition is dedicated to calligraphy, which also represents the core topic of this year's programme. 38 renowned Chinese artists like Ai Weiwei, Xu Bing and Gu Wenda will display their works, depicting calligraphy as a cultural root and in juxtaposition to today's globalised China. "Secret Signs" is one of Europe's largest exhibitions on contemporary Chinese art and is hosted in cooperation with the Sigg Collection and M+, Hong Kong's prestigious museum of visual culture.

Another highlight will be the literary evening with internationally acclaimed writer Yu Hua on 10 November in Hamburg. Yu Hua, who has been touted as a Nobel Prize candidate and whose works have been translated into 20 languages, will dedicate the evening to the power of words. Based on his bestseller China in Ten Words, Yu Hua is going to add yet an "eleventh word" in discussing his home country. CHINA TIME also features numerous other events from the fields of art and culture, politics, law and business, as well as education and health. To learn more, visit

Hamburg's First Mayor Olaf Scholz states: "Hamburg has good, long-standing relations with China, and this is one of the reasons why the city is the ideal place for dialogue on the perspectives of Sino-European relations. For the fifth time now, CHINA TIME Hamburg provides insights into the China-related expertise our city has developed over the years. I am sure that the event will once again draw large numbers of visitors, thereby demonstrating the public's interest in China. CHINA TIME provides an ideal platform for this."

Hamburg is China's gateway to Europe – also in economic terms. More than 50% of German foreign trade with the People's Republic of China is handled through the port of Hamburg, around 500 Chinese companies have offices in Hamburg, and approx. 900 Hamburg businesses are engaged in trade with China, managing their China-related European imports and exports from Hamburg. Moreover, Hamburg and Shanghai have been twinned since 1986 and maintain close political, economic, cultural and social ties. 


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