On December 24, MovingCities landed in Shanghai. Less than 500 days prior to the opening of the 2010 World Expo, the city’s ambitions can be seen everywhere. The featured theme of the expo ‘Better City – Better Life’ is today spread out seemingly evenly over the Shanghainese metropolitan territory.Details
After our morning exploration of Chengde 承德, in the afternoon we strolled along the banks of the river into the Southern part of the city. Basically we encountered more of the same: office towers and housing blocks under construction and the destruction of the 1950s five story high housing blocks. From on top of Chengde Plaza we saw the city climbing up hill at one side, and following the river on the other.Details
As part of the 3rd Creative China, Harmonious World International Forum on Cultural Industries (Chengde, December 14-17, 2008) MovingCities gave two presentations. The forum brought together domestic and foreign researchers, academics and policy makers in the field of the Cultural Industries. Last Monday, December 15, the morning consisted out of an opening ceremony followed by keynote speeches and comments of scholars and policy makers, such as Tu Mingde [Vice Chairman of Chinese Olympic Committee], Yang Muzhi 杨牧之 [President China Publishing Group], Dr. Michael Keane [Queensland University of Technology] and Simon Evans [Director Creative Clusters].Details
On Tuesday, December 16, MovingCities explored Chengde 承德, a relatively small Chinese city – today’s inhabitants round the 300.000, while the region has a population of nearly 4 million. Chengde [Hebei Province 河北承德] is most notorious for its Mountain Resort, a vast imperial garden. Construction of the largest royal garden in China started at the beginning and finished at the end of the eighteenth century and was used by the emperors of the Qing Dynasty. We strolled through the city center, over the frozen Rehe river and along construction sites. Continuously fog floated over the city.
On Sunday December 14, MovingCities left Beijing 北京 for a short trip to Chengde 承德 – located approximately 200 kilometers north of the capital. We are invited by the Research Center of Cultural Industries, Communication University of China, to participate in a forum during the the 3rd Creative China, Harmonious World International Forum on Cultural Industries in Chengde city, December 14-17, 2008.Details