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Chronicles of the Dragon:

China’s rich history and offerings



February 1, 2024

China, one of the world's oldest civilizations, boasts a rich tapestry of history and culture that spans over several millennia. The Great Wall of China, a marvel of ancient engineering, stands as a testament to the country's historical determination to protect its borders. Constructed over centuries, it stretches over 13,000 miles and was initially built to defend against invasions by nomadic tribes.

The great wallIn addition to its historical landmarks, China has made significant contributions to global advancements. The Chinese invented paper, printing, gunpowder, and the compass, all of which had a profound impact on human civilization. The Silk Road, an ancient trade route that connected China with the Middle East and Europe, facilitated the exchange of goods, ideas, and cultures. China's imperial examinations, an educational system dating back to the Han Dynasty, played a crucial role in shaping the country's bureaucracy and fostering intellectual development.

In the modern era, China has undergone remarkable economic transformation and has become a global powerhouse. The rapid growth of cities like Shanghai and Beijing reflects the country's dynamic development. As a major player on the world stage, China continues to influence global politics, economics, and technology, making it a fascinating blend of ancient traditions and contemporary innovation.

Venues that inspire

When it comes to holding events across China, there is no limit to the imagination, and the venue possibilities are endless, not limited to just the vast convention centres in each city. Some examples include:

  • The Great Wall of China
    Imagine hosting an event on one of the most iconic structures in the world. Some sections of the Great Wall have been adapted to accommodate events, providing a unique and awe-inspiring backdrop for conferences, weddings, or special gatherings.
  • Forbidden City, BeijingThe Forbidden City, Beijing
    Nestled in the heart of Beijing, the Forbidden City is a vast imperial palace complex with stunning architecture and historic significance. Its expansive courtyards and majestic halls make it an exceptional venue for exclusive events, offering a glimpse into China's imperial past.
  • Hangzhou West Lake
    The West Lake in Hangzhou is a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its natural beauty and cultural significance. Hosting an event on the shores of the lake or in one of the traditional tea houses nearby can create a serene and picturesque atmosphere.
  • Guilin's Li River
    The stunning karst landscapes along the Li River near Guilin provide a breathtaking setting for outdoor events. Cruises along the river or events hosted in the nearby picturesque villages offer a unique blend of nature and culture.
  • Terracotta Army Museum, Xi'an
    China Terracotta Army statues
    The Terracotta Army, guarding the tomb of China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, is a remarkable archaeological site. Hosting an event within the museum or its surroundings offers a one-of-a-kind experience surrounded by thousands of ancient terracotta warriors.
  • Meliá Shanghai Parkside
    If you’re looking for a conference venue with accommodation, experience the enchantment of Meliá Shanghai Parkside, a boutique hotel by Xingyuan Lake, offering a tranquil escape near Shanghai and Disneyland Park. Enjoy comfortable accommodations in traditional Shanghai Shikumen style, along with superb facilities. The hotel's prime location, just a short walk from Disneyland Park, makes it ideal for both business and leisure. Host unforgettable events in two elegant meeting rooms, featuring art-deco decor and vintage windows, accommodating up to 80 people. Don't miss the daily 8pm fireworks celebration, adding a touch of magic to your stay.

Lunar New Year - the most significant Chinese event

Each year, Chinese from around the world celebrate the Lunar New Year, with each year revolving around one of the twelve zodiac animals. Celebrations are marked by a rich array of cultural activities and celebrations. Experiencing Chinese New Year in China offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the country's festive traditions, customs, and cultural expressions. Each region may have its own distinctive practices, adding to the diversity of the celebration across the country.

  • Spring Festival Gala
    The Spring Festival Gala is a televised extravaganza held on the eve of Chinese New Year. It features a variety of performances, including traditional music, dance, comedy sketches, and more. Watching the gala is a popular way for families to usher in the New Year.
  • Lantern festivals
    Lantern festivals are organized in many cities to mark the end of the Chinese New Year celebrations. These festivals feature elaborate lantern displays, traditional performances, and often culminate in the release of lanterns into the night sky. The Lantern Festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the lunar new year.
  • Chinese dragon costumeDragon and lion dances
    Dragon and lion dances are integral parts of Chinese New Year celebrations. These colorful and energetic performances symbolize good luck and drive away evil spirits. Parades featuring dragon and lion dances can be witnessed in both urban and rural areas.
  • Fireworks and firecrackers
    Fireworks and firecrackers are set off to ward off evil spirits and bring in the New Year with a bang. While many cities have restrictions on fireworks, public displays are organized in various places.
  • Cultural performances
    Cultural performances showcasing traditional Chinese arts, such as Peking Opera, traditional music concerts, and acrobatic shows, are often organized during the festive season. These performances provide a glimpse into China's rich cultural heritage.
  • Traditional costume parades
    In some regions, parades featuring people dressed in traditional costumes, including those of ancient dynasties, add a historical and cultural dimension to the celebrations.

Hosting meetings and events in China, especially during the vibrant and culturally significant Chinese New Year, offers a unique and enriching experience. The celebration provides a window into the rich tapestry of Chinese traditions, fostering a sense of unity and festivity among participants. However, it's essential to be mindful of the cultural nuances and the significance of this holiday, which might impact business operations and attendance. Despite potential challenges, the opportunity to engage with Chinese colleagues and clients during this auspicious time can strengthen relationships and build goodwill. By embracing the customs and practices associated with the Chinese New Year, organizers can create memorable and meaningful experiences that contribute to successful collaborations and lasting partnerships in this dynamic and diverse market.

Author: Petrina Goh, Commercial Director, CWT Meetings & Events

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