Archive for March, 2010

Beijing Olympic – Diva Dion

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

For those of us lucky enough to spend this monumental 2008 in Beijing, countless tall tales of Rat Year bliss will be nostalgically recounted to our grandchildren. The Olympics will be mentioned, as will be the unveiling of T3…- but nothing will take the storytelling cake as much as the landing in our beloved capital of the Titanic Queen herself.

“There are a lot of places we’ve never been able to get to over the years, just because of demands elsewhere…- and China is one of these territories. We’re so excited to finally be coming to China…- we just can’t wait,” giddies an exuberant Dion.

The VH1 mainstay has captivated us with one of the most illustrious pop-music careers since Michael Bolton. From a humble Canadian teenage sensation to usurper of the ’88 Eurovision title to recipient of five Grammy Awards, Celine has been there, done that.

Her tenacious, eleven-and-a-half month Taking Chances Tour comes at the very peak of her artistic career, upon completion of her three-year, five-nights-a-week commitment to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Collaborating with the genius director behind Cirque du Soleil, Dragone, she delivered and wowed millions with a fusion of song, performance art, theatrical innovation and state-of-the-art technology that has ensured her a seat in prima donna heaven.

Not surprisingly, Sin City inspired change in the diva. Her new CD, “Taking Chances” waxes more rock ‘n’ roll than her previous, more pop-thunder-romance albums did. This leaves fanatics dying to know whether a “Rock Celine” will be unmasked at the Worker’s Stadium. “I’m still the same person who’s been singing the ballads and love songs for most of my career,” claims Dion. “We’ll be rockin’ a little bit, but I think my fans will be happy to hear their favorites when we do the shows in Shanghai and Beijing.”

But before her concert gives us a landmark in our Beijing lives, we mustn’t forget how she got here in the first place. Celine attributes a great degree of her success to Rene Angelil, her personal manager and husband. At thirty-nine years old, Rene was so taken by thirteen year-old Celine’s voice that he became determined to make her an internationally known talent. And we all know he got what he wanted.

“He’s always made the best decisions on my behalf, right from day one, and he’s always made sure that I had the best songs, best producers to work with and great opportunities to perform as an artist.”

Date: April 13
Venue: Workers’ Stadium, Sanlitun, Chaowai
Price: RMB 300,500,800,1000,2000,3000

(Source: ebeijing.gov.cn)

Cir – Lesson 644

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

BEIJING, Oct. 26 (Xinhua) — China’s Ministry of Education voiced on Monday its support for the formation of C9, an academic conference comprising nine domestic prestigious universities and referred to as China’s Ivy League by some experts.

Xu Mei, the ministry’s spokeswoman, said the establishment of the conference is a “helpful attempt that is conducive to the country’s construction of high-quality colleges, cultivation of top-notch innovative talents and enhanced cooperation and exchanges between Chinese universities and their foreign counterparts.”

On Oct. 12, nine institutions of higher learning including the elite Peking University and Tsinghua Univerisity signed cooperative agreements that featured flexible student exchange programs, deepened cooperation on the training of postgraduates, and establishment of a credit system that allows students to win credits through attending classes in member universities of C9.

Other universities are Zhejiang University, Harbin Institute of Technology, Fudan University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Nanjing University, University of Science and Technology of China,and Xi’an Jiaotong University.

The Ivy League, which comprises eight oldest and finest institutions of higher learning in the United States including Yale University and Harvard University, is known to the world for its academic excellence.

(Source: xinhuanet.com)

China Travel – Naimonanyi Peak

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

The Naimona’nyi Peak in Tibet is also known as the Mountain of Goddess or the Fairy Peak in Tibetan. Religious believers call the Manasarovar Lake between the two mountains as the Holy Lake. It is said that the water in the lake is the sweet dew given by the Buddhist ancestor Sakyamuni to the human beings. The Raksas Tal Lake beside the Manasarovar Lake is called as the Ghost Lake, the paradise for people’s souls after their death. For several centuries, the region of the two mountains and the two lakes are reputed as the Devine Mountain and Holy Lake by the pious religious believers.

The Naimona’nyi Peak covers an area of about 200 square kilometers, mainly including 6 ridges. There are about several dozens of hilltops with elevation of more the 6,000 meters on the ridgelines. The western mountain ridges are distributed from north to south in the form of a fan. The only mountain ridge in the eastern part is eroded into the shape of knife-edge; its precipices with difference of 2,000 meters in height are very cliffy, and five large glaciers full of ice cracks and steep cliffs on the surface are within the canyon.

(Source: chinaculture.org)