Guide to 2018 Spring Festival celebrations in Guangzhou

From Feb. 13th (28th of the 12th lunar month) to Mar. 2nd (15th of the 1st lunar month), a whole host of Spring Festival celebrations will be going on around the city, including flower markets, light shows, lantern shows, garden expos and a temple fair. We have picked out some of the best of the celebrations for you to enjoy a fun and flower-packed Chinese New Year in Guangzhou!

 

Traditional flower markets

Flower market [Photo by He Yineng]

Traditional flower markets will be set up across 11 districts in Guangzhou, featuring stalls selling flowers and plants to decorate your home, holding social welfare activities and even including special themed post offices for sending Chinese New Year greetings to friends and family far away. On the first day of the flower fairs, Spring Festival couplets and the character 福 (pronounced fú and meaning ‘blessing’) written by calligraphers will be given away for free.

Time: Feb. 13th – 16th, 2018

No admission fees.

 

● Yuexiu District Flower Market

Add.: Xihu Road (西湖路) & Jiaoyu Road (教育路)

Nearby metro station: Gongyuanqian (公园前), Line 1 or 2

Highlight: It is one of the longest established flower markets in Guangzhou, hailed as the city’s ‘century-old flower market’.

 

 

● Haizhu District Flower Market

Add.: Baogang Avenue (宝岗大道) & Binjiang Road (滨江路)

Nearby metro station: Baogang Dadao (宝岗大道), Line 8

Highlight: Due to its location, you can enjoy a view of the Pearl River skyline while wandering around the market.

 

● Liwan District Flower Market

Add.: Liwan Road (荔湾路)

Nearby metro station: Chen Clan Academy (陈家祠), Line 1

Highlight: It is one of the oldest flower markets in the city and has the most stalls overall.

[Photo by Chen Chang]

● Tianhe District Flower Market

Add.: Tianhe Sports Center, No. 299 Tianhe Road (天河路299号天河体育中心)

Nearby metro station: Tianhe Sports Center (体育中心), Line 1

Highlight: A 15-day carnival, with handicraft demonstrations, stage performances, flower exhibitions, a garden party and more.

Attention Please: Due to Guangzhou Evergrande’s match in 2018 AFC Champions League to be held at the Tianhe Sports Center on Feb. 14th, the flower market will be closed on that day.

 

[Photo by Huang Chengwei]

● Baiyun District Flower Market

Add.: In front of Wanda Plaza, No. 501 Yuncheng East Road (云城东路501号白云万达广场门前)

Nearby metro station: Feixiang Park (飞翔公园), Line 2

Highlight: This year is set to feature a special light show, adding to the excitement and atmosphere at this flower market.

 

● Huangpu District Flower Market

Add.: Huangpu District Sports Center (黄埔区体育中心)

Nearby metro station: Dashadong (大沙东), Line 5

Highlight: Huangpu is famous for the plum blossom of Luogang Xiangxue Park. As the blossom is still in season, you can enjoy both the festive flower market and the snow-like plum blossom too.

 

People vist flower market. [Photo by Chen Chang]

● Huadu District Flower Market

Add.: Guangzhou Flower City, Furong Avenue Middle (芙蓉大道中广州花卉之都)

Highlight: A total of more than 200 stalls will present potted flowers, bonsai, fresh flowers, potted orange trees and so on. There will also be lounge, offering free hot tea.

 

● Panyu District Flower Market

Add.: Guangchang East and West Roads of Shiqiao Street, Xingsheng Street (市桥街广场东路、广场西路、盛兴大街)

Nearby metro station: Panyu Square (番禺广场), Line 3

Highlight: In addition to flowers and plants, you can also buy handicrafts, calligraphy and paintings, Spring Festival couplets, Lingnan dried fruits, and other seasonal specialties.

 

● Nansha District Flower Market

Add.: Shinan Avenue (市南大道)

Highlight: Nansha is quickly becoming the PRD’s tech hub, so it is no surprise that Free WIFI will be available at the flower market, so you can easily update your Moments on WeChat, use e-payment and win coupons via lucky draw online.

 

People vist flower market. [Photo by Chen Chang]

● Conghua District Flower Market

Add.: Fengyunling Pingdi Park (风云岭坪地公园)

Highlight: Several areas will be set up, including potted orange tree area, flower area, bonsai area, aquarium area, and Spring Festival shopping area.

 

● Zengcheng District Flower Market

Add.: Citizen Square of Zengcheng Plaza (增城广场北面市民广场)

Highlight: About 150 stalls will be set up to sell floricultural products, such as potted flowers, bonsai, fresh flowers and potted orange trees.

 

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● 2018 Haixinsha Fashion Flower Market

Time: Feb. 13th – Mar. 2nd, 2018

Add.: Haixinsha Asian Games Theme Park (海心沙亚运公园)

Nearby metro station: Zhujiang New Town (珠江新城), Line 3 or 5

Highlight: At this flower market petals can be seen everywhere, on the floor, ceiling, display boards, etc. The park will be divided into five sections, along the themes of science, leisure, tea art, floral art and books.

 

 

● Litchi Bay Floating Flower Market

Time: Feb. 10th – 15th, 2018

Add.: Litchi Bay & Liwan Lake Park (荔枝湾、荔湾湖公园)

Nearby metro station: Zhongshanba (中山八), Line 5 or Ruyifang (如意坊), Line 6

Highlight: Set in unique Lingnan gardens, and the heart of Lingnan culture, Litchi Bay is going to present a special floating flower fair. After the exciting opening ceremony, the floating flower market will host Piaose performances, a cultural heritage exhibition, Cantonese Opera performances and more.

 

2018 Spring Festival Parade

Time: Feb. 17th – 19th, 2018

Admission: Free

Add.: Tianhe Sports Center, No. 299 Tianhe Road (天河路299号天河体育中心)

Nearby metro station: Tianhe Sports Center (体育中心), Line 1

 

[Photo by Yang Yi]

Highlight: The parade will be held around the Tianhe Sports Center, with floats demonstrating the unique charm and traditions of Lingnan and Cantonese cultures.

Huacheng Square Light Concert

Time: Every night, Feb. 13th – Mar. 2nd, 2018

Admission: Free

Add.: Huacheng Square & Haixinsha (花城广场、海心沙)

Nearby metro station: Zhujiang New Town (珠江新城), Line 3 or 5

 

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Highlight: At the South Square, there will be fortune trees, flower terraces in intricate designs, trees decorated with illuminations and peach blossom themed post office. Live concerts will be staged in the square with the magnificent night view of CBD Guangzhou as the backdrop.

2018 Guangzhou Yuexiu Lantern Show

Time: Feb. 8th – Mar. 11th, 2018

Admission: Ticket needed for the show

Add.: Yuexiu Park, No. 960 Jiefang North Road, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou

Nearby metro station: Yuexiu Park (越秀公园), Line 2

 

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Highlight: As one of the most important events in the Spring Festival calendar in Guangzhou, Yuexiu Lantern Show is more than a light show. There will also be song and dance performances, a calligraphy and painting exhibition, photography exhibition, a festive lantern themed post office, lantern riddles, and much more.

 

The 24th Guangzhou Garden Expo

Time: Feb. 13th – Mar. 2nd, 2018

Admission: Free

Add.: Haixinsha Island, Ersha Island Art Park, & Dafu Mountain Forest Park in Panyu (海心沙、二沙岛艺术公园、番禺大夫山森林公园分会场)

Nearby metro station: To Haixinsha, Zhujiang New Town Station (珠江新城), Line 3 or 5; to Dafu Mountain Forest Park, Shiqiao Station (市桥), Line 3, then transfer to Panyu Bus No. 9 or 16.

 

The 23rd Guangzhou Garden Expo [Photo provided to Newsgd.com]

Highlight: Guangzhou Garden Expo is another of the most important events in the Spring Festival calendar in Guangzhou and has been held for 23 years. This year’s expo covers an area of 360,000 square meters, consisting of 61 gardens, 19 sets of public landscapes, and indoor exhibition halls.

2018 Yuntai Garden Floral Art Exhibition

Time: Feb. 9th – Mar. 20th, 2018

Admission: RMB 5 per ticket for Baiyun Mountain, RMB 10 per ticket for Yuntai Garden

Add.: Yuntai Garden & Mingzhu Tower Scenic Spot, Baiyun Mountain (白云山明珠楼游览区及云台花园)

 

Yuntai Garden [Photo by He Zi’an]

Highlight: In addition to the various flowers at Yuntai Garden, a total of 12 special mosaicultures of Lingnan characteristics and 3 lantern installations will be set up, making the garden a unique place for residents and tourists alike to admire the beauty of flowers.

 

Yuexiu Temple Fair

Time: Mar. 2nd – 8th, 2018

Admission: Free

Add.: Zhongshan Road & Beijing Road (中山路、北京路)

Nearby metro station: Peasant Movement Institute (农讲所), Line 1; or Gongyuanqian (公元前), Line 1 or 2

 

The parade of the 2017 Yuexiu Temple Fair [Photo/Xinhua]

Highlight: A series of activities for the temple fair will kick off on the fifteenth day of the first month of the lunar year which is also the Lantern Festival. Some of the highlights of the fair are the folklore and cultural performances, a parade, a cultural heritage exhibition, handicrafts and food stalls.

E-Magazine “Reeling Seasons” Now Available Online

Introducing the inaugural issue of magazine Reeling Seasons created by the Vancouver Golden Panda International Film Festival and Orient Star Media. Published twice a year, the Summer Issue of Reeling Seasons captures moments from the annual Vancouver Golden Panda International Film Festival Cultural Immersion Trip to China. Click below to read more!

2017 GPIFF Cultural Immersion Trip Documentaries

Eastward: Xi’an

Produced by Orient Star Media and the Vancouver Golden Panda International Film Festival Committee, the feature documentary Eastward: Xi’an stitches together moments from the 2017 Vancouver Golden Panda International Film Festival Cultural Immersion Trip to Xi’an and takes the audience on a tour exploring the breathtaking natural beauty, splendid history and thriving modernization of the city.

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The Starting Point of the Silk Road

The three-episode English-and-Mandarin-bilingual video series captures highlights from the week-long trip and gives a comprehensive look at Xi’an’s rich history and modernization.

Episode 1: Historical Capital

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Episode 2: Creative Collisions

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Episode 3: Burgeoning Metropolis

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UBC premieres doc Into the Silicon Valley North produced by OSM

A leading voice in Asia-focused research and studies in Canada, the Institute of Asian Research (IAR) and Centre for Chinese Research (CCR) at the University of British Columbia (UBC) together held the Canadian premiere of documentary Into the Silicon Valley North on April 12, 2017. Hundreds of esteemed scholars, local audience and media professionals attended the event.

Featuring four Vancouver-based Chinese millennial tech entrepreneurs, this documentary explores Vancouver’s burgeoning tech sector and brings a closer look to the roles international talents play in contributing to this fast-growing industry.

Produced by Orient Star Media, documentary Into the Silicon Valley North features four Vancouver-based Chinese millennial tech entrepreneurs. (L-R) Frank Shen / Co-Founder & Executive Chairman, Archiact; Jin Fan / President, GWS Displays; Vincent Yang / CEO, H+ Technology; Jingyi Zhang / CEO, Pixel Light Effects

“The system in Canada is multiculturalism and welcoming people from different countries,” said Prof. Yves Tiberghien, director of IAR. “But above all, to leverage the positioning with their connection to China is good for Canada and Vancouver. So it’s a very exciting story.”

According to the 2016 annual report conducted by Canadian Bureau for International Education, Canada took in 353,000 international students in 2015, 34 per cent of whom came from China. Canada derives close to $8 billion annually from international student expenditures. More than 81,000 jobs were generated. Yet despite of all the economic boosts among other contributions, media exposures on international students and newcomers have oftentimes been rather negative and one-sided, Chinese immigrants in particular.

Concerned and frustrated by this phenomenon, Yuji Zhang, creative director from Metro Vancouver-based transcultural media agency Orient Star Media, felt a strong urge to tell the other side of the story, which prompted the production of Into the Silicon Valley North.

“The documentary is very likely the first project done focusing on tech entrepreneurs in British Columbia with immigrant backgrounds,” said Zhang. “Like many others, I first came to North America as an international student and have been through the journey searching for my true passion while working in the media industry.”

“Chinese immigrants set their foot on this land hundreds of years ago and have definitely had their ups and downs. By bringing out these vivid individual stories, my team wanted to showcase to a broader audience the accomplishments many Chinese immigrants have achieved through industrious hard works.”

With its unique perspective, in-depth research and comprehensive storyline, Into the Silicon Valley North successfully depicts the real life stories of Canadian entrepreneurs with immigrant backgrounds, which transcend language and cultural barriers and speak to audience from all walks of life.

“First and the most impressive aspect of this documentary really is the individual stories of each entrepreneur – the passion and honesty they put into this, the hardships they faced and the wisdom they felt. I’m impressed by each individual,” Prof. Tiberghien from UBC spoke highly of the documentary.

Originally from Romania, the stories of four young Chinese entrepreneurs also resonated with audience Lia Timis.

“The documentary has brought many segregated elements together. I was amazed by how well it was done,” said Timis. “It is very informative and I learnt quite a lot about the stories behind each entrepreneur, especially the ones carrying an immigrant background.”

Moderated by Prof. Yves Tiberghien, director of the Institute of Asian Research (IAR) at the University of British Columbia (UBC), executives from the tech start-ups featured in the documentary joined the after-screening panel discussion. (L-R) Yuji Zhang / Creative Director, Orient Star Media, Director and Writer of Into the Silicon Valley North; Derek Chen / President and Co-Founder, Archiact; Vincent Yang / CEO, H+ Technology; Jingyi Zhang / CEO, Pixel Light Effects; Prof. Yves Tiberghien / Director, Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia

Moderated by Prof. Tiberghien, executives from the tech start-ups featured in the documentary joined the after-screening panel discussion. Together, panellists and audience looked into the opportunities and challenges facing global creative talents in Canada, while decoding some of the stereotypes held towards international students and immigrants.

“It’s unfortunate that coverages on Chinese immigrants by mainstream media here in Canada are oftentimes on the negative side,” said Vancouver-based media professional, published columnist Ng Weng Hoong. “It’s part of the reasons why the general public has some wrong impressions of Chinese immigrants. I’m glad to see a documentary like this, which tells the other side of the story.”

When asked by the audience what’s their perception of Chinese tech companies being accused of “copying” western tech productions and brands, Vincent Yang, CEO of H+ Technology and one of the featured entrepreneurs in the documentary shared his insights.

“Yes there are a lot of companies (in China) are copying, especially the young start-up companies,” said Yang. “We need to share a lot of awareness around copyrights, but the reason (copying exists in China) is mostly due to the competitive environment. The industry is very tough for those small companies to survive… One of the ways to reduce the cost to start up a business therefore falls into trying to bring something that’s already established in foreign countries into China. You have to make your first bucket of gold, and then you can go further.”

Referring to one of China’s tech giants – Tencent, Yang pointed out that what differs Tencent from other copycat companies is that Tencent took advantage of existing technologies and worked on that base to further develop their products. Now, WeChat (developed by Tencent) is one of the most popular apps around the world.

Derek Chen, co-founder and president of Archiact, North America’s biggest researcher and developer in VR gaming market, seconded Yang’s view and remarked that as China has positioned itself for international establishment, which will require more Chinese companies to honour international industry patents and share global views if they want to success on an international level.

According to Canadian Bureau for International Education, more than half of international students currently studying in Canada expressed their willingness to apply for permanent residence upon graduation. These highly-skilled and well-educated talents have undoubtedly become one of the most essential driven forces to Canada’s continuous growth and future prosperity.

Because of its unique perspective, the documentary has earned much media attention, including Global News BC, CityTV, OMNI Television and many more. Zhang said she is glad to see that through Into the Silicon Valley North, audience are having a more comprehensive understanding of who these newcomers are and what they do to contribute to the society.

In an era with booming information, the role of media has never been more critical in terms of influencing and nurturing a community. For young media professionals like Zhang, the success of Into the Silicon Valley North marks only the starting point of a journey to bridge the gap between different societies and cultures. The future might be winding and challenging, but it sure is promising and will be rewarding.

2017 Vancouver Golden Panda International Film Festival Cultural Immersion Trip to Xi’an, China kicks off

The 2017 Vancouver Golden Panda International Film Festival Cultural Immersion Trip to Xi’an, China kicks off with all 11 filmmakers arriving Xi’an Xianyang International Airport on April 8.

Destination for the 2017 Cultural Immersion Trip is the imperial city of Xi’an, China – starting point of the worldly renowned Silk Road, home to UNESCO World Heritage Site Terracotta Warriors and capital city of 13 ancient Chinese dynasties.

Filmmakers visit local art gallery, which was designed following traditional Chinese architectural style.

A major highlight of the annual Vancouver Golden Panda International Film Festival, GPIFF Cultural Immersion Trip aims to connect global filmmakers through the week-long journey while exploring culture and identities of different parts of China.

Joined by award-winners from GPIFF ’16 and filmmakers from Canada and China, this trip will not only uncover the rich history of Xi’an but also showcase the modernization of this burgeoning urban city.

From the imposing Terracotta Warriors, magnificent City Wall and winding Forest of Stelae Museum to the bustling Muslim Quarter, exquisite Chinese paper-cutting, gliding high-speed rail and many more, filmmakers will visit various historic sites, explore local customs all while experiencing modern-day Xi’an during their stay.

Filmmakers visit the renowned World Heritage Site the Army of Terracotta Warriors.

Filmmakers will also attend the Chinese Film Industry Week held by one of China’s leading film studio – Western Movie Group and join a tour at Xi’an Qujiang Film & TV Investment Group to seek potential collaborations.

Members visit Huaqing Palace and Hot Springs, built by China’s Emperor Xuanzong of Tang Dynasty during its heyday.

“I can’t believe the amount of work that went into creating the mausoleum and the details of each warrior. It’s crazy to think that what we saw today was only 20% of everything under ground in the giant tomb… I’m so glad they have created a place historically accurate for people to enjoy and learn about China’s rich history,” Mack Stannard, Canadian media professional, said.

U.S. filmmaker Shayna Cohen at local gallery

“The Army of Terracotta Warriors is beautiful! It’s so much bigger than I had expected… Chinese history is thought of as in centuries as suppose to decades that American or North American (history) is considered. It’s huge eras,” U.S. filmmaker Shayna Cohen said.

Hong Kong filmmaker Chan Sin Hong browses ancient Chinese literatures.

“China has a long and important history. As one of the oldest civilizations there is a lot of wisdom we can gain from the past. So when the history is uncovered and put on display it is very special,” Chinese filmmaker Chan Sing Hong said.

Organized by GPIFF Committee, CCTV.COM, Orient Star Media, and Xi’an Qujiang Film & TV Investment Group, the 2017 Cultural Immersion Trip has received generous support from Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in Vancouver and the city of Xi’an.

Supporting Partners:

  • China Radio International
  • Beijing Film Academy
  • chinafilm.com
  • Shaanxi Tourism Bureau
  • Western Movie Group
  • Chang’an University School of Literature, Art and Communication
  • Pacific East Media Ltd.

OMNI TV interviews OSM’s Yuji Zhang on documentary Into the Silicon Valley North

OMNI TV’s Mandarin News interviews OSM’s Yuji Zhang, director of documentary Into the Silicon Valley North, and looks into the future of high-skilled Chinese Canadian entrepreneurs.

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Organized by University of British Columbia’s Institute of Asian Research, premiere of Into the Silicon Valley North launches this April.

Join us for a night of thought-provoking screening and panel discussions accompanied by esteemed scholars and respected industry professionals.

RSVP online: http://iar.ubc.ca/events/event/into-the-silicon-valley-north-film-screening-and-panel-discussion/

[Charity Work] OSM proudly sponsors Richmond Hospital Foundation

OSM today proudly announces we will continue partnering with the Richmond Hospital Foundation as media sponsor for RHF’s Community Cares Month in 2017.

We will work with four hospital foundation sponsors in the year to come by providing video services and marketing promotions with a value of $20,000.

It is a great honour and pleasure for OSM to give back to our community.

Learn more about RHF’s works:

Our coverage from 2016:

 

Into the Silicon Valley North to be presented at UBC

OMS proudly announces our documentary Into the Silicon Valley North will be featured at University of British Columbia’s coming up event: Into the Silicon Valley North: Film Screening and Panel Discussion April 12, 2017.

Come join us for an afternoon of insightful discussion with established scholars and professionals on Vancouver’s tech sector, newcomers contribution to the city and meet the production crew behind this short documentary.

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OSM‘s Yuji Zhang talks to Global News about new documentary

Proudly produced by Orient Star Media, documentary Into the Silicon Valley North digs into Vancouver’s burgeoning tech sector and explores how global talents, especially Chinese new immigrants, are contributing to this fast-growing industry.

Global News, one of Canada’s leading media outlets, recently talked to OSM’s very own Yuji Zhang, writer and director of Into the Silicon Valley North.

Watch how she explains the motivation and story behind the making of this fantastic documentary.

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