Thursday, May 28, 2009

Sights Unseen

Exhibition of Photographic Works by Visually Impaired People from China, Britain and Mexico, Beijing, 2009

Visible feelings in a world unseen

10:15 a.m. Sunday 31st May 2009 (the exhibition closes at 8 p.m. the same day)

Orange Hall, The Village, Sanlitun, Beijing (part of Affordable Art Beijing)

We cordially invite you to attend the opening of  "Sights Unseen", an exhibition of works by blind and partially sighted photographers from China, Britain and Mexico. The exhibition is the result of collaboration between the Beijing One Plus One Cultural Exchange Center, PhotoVoice (UK) and China Vision (UK).

Photography is a means of capturing a moment in time, while at the same time communicating our innermost thoughts to others. Through photography, every visually impaired person can discover hidden qualities, gain a greater self-awareness and express a new sense of freedom. Feelings of acceptance engender greater independence. Even without seeing the images they have produced, visually impaired photographers have a full understanding of what it is they want to express, using a totally new language to communicate their experience of the world around them Through a new technique of 'tactile diagrams', blind people can also experience real images translated into tactile form.

Beijing One Plus One Cultural Exchange Center is a Chinese NGO. It promotes information platforms and professional excellence, in order to strengthen the abilities of disabled people and engender social equality and integration. This exhibition is mainly a result of a photographic workshop run by two British facilitators from PhotoVoice, attended by eight visually impaired people in Beijing. In the future One Plus One will run extended workshops so that more visually impaired people in China can experience the power of photography.

Beijing One Plus One Cultural Exchange Center
26th May 2009

Please direct all enquiries to:
Maggie Sun, Xie Yan
Beijing One Plus One Cultural Exchange Center
Mob:1501 016 0219; 1390 129 5030
Phone:6725 9507-608; 6725 9507-604

附件: 活动地点 Location

The Village map


Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Olympic Park Beijing

Olympic Park Beijing 北京奧林匹克公園

The Olympic Green or Olympic Park in Beijing contains the main stadia and buildings of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, namely the Beijing National Stadium, the Beijing National Aquatics Center, the Beijing National Indoor Stadium, the Olympic Green Archery Field, the Olympic Green Hockey Field, the Olympic Green Convention Center, the Olympic Green Tennis Center, The Promenade, the Olympic Village and Ling Long Pagoda.

Olympic Park to Olympic Forest

Now the space is just like any other Beijing park - full of people practicing tai chi, playing music and relaxing. The Olympic structures still remain popular with Beijingers.

National Aquatics Center
National Aquatics Center
Listen to the sound of the Olympic Park Beijing


Monday, May 25, 2009



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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Bolaven Plateau Southern Laos

Bolaven Plateau, Southern Laos

The Bolaven Plateau in southern Laos is a poor, but fertile agricultural area known for its coffee plantations and spectacular waterfalls. Various coffee growing co-operatives are now established growing the coffee beans for domestic Cafe Lao and export abroad.

Phaxuam Cliff, Bolaven Plateau

The main ethnic group living in the Bolaven Plateau are the Laven people - Bolaven literally means the "home of the Laven".

Coffee beans, Bolaven Plateau

The Bolaven Plateau was heavily bombed during the Vietnam War and unexploded ordinance (UXO) is still being found and diffused.

Bolaven Plateau

The French first introduced coffee to the area when Laos fell under French colonial rule in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Bolaven Plateau
Images © Daniel Allen

An area of fantastic, natural beauty the Bolaven Plateau is slowly escaping its grinding poverty with the help of fair trade initiatives and a nascent tourist industry.


Sunday, May 17, 2009

Affordable Art Beijing

Affordable Art Beijing

Affordable Art Beijing allows art lovers to take home an original piece of contemporary art and also gives artists a platform to exhibit their work.

Affordable Art

In the current Chinese art market it is becoming increasingly difficult to find affordable yet high quality works of art. But with works selling from just a few hundred RMB to a maximum of 10,000 RMB the event has something for everyone and every budget.

Affordable Art

With the help of various sponsors along the way, AAB has now become the largest event of its type in Asia. AAB is held every Spring in Beijing.

This year's event is at the Orange in the Village at Sanlitun over the 30th and 31st May weekend from 11am-8pm on Sat and Sun.

Hotels in Beijing -


Thursday, May 07, 2009

Edwin Zwakman Lectures

Edwin Zwakman Lectures

Edwin Zwakman
Edwin Zwakman lectures in Beijing during May 2009.

Two lectures have been organized at Peking University and Central Academy of Fine Arts by Edwin Zwakman who will talk about his work exploring interactions between reality and photography.

Fake but Accurate Lectures:
Peking University Science Building, Room 105 May 8th 2009, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Central Academy of Fine Arts Building 7, 1st Floor, Lecture Hall May 15th 2009, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Main Organizer: CAFA Photography Department
Co-organizer: Peking University Youth Amateur Photography Association
Executive Organizer: Theatre in Motion
Sponsor: The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture

In these two lectures Edwin Zwakman will talk about what lies behind the title 'Fake but Accurate', expounding on his work that explores the interaction between reality and photography.

This interaction is conceived through staged photography, either in his studio or in public space. Works in the studio include a long running series of pictures showing scale models of Dutch landscapes and interiors, which by themselves are constructs. By reconstructing them from memory, Edwin Zwakman reflects on the mentality of its makers and the way their world is represented in images. Works in public space concern themselves with iconic images from sites and events, often using fictitious United Nation operations to illustrate the workings of images in the media.


Saturday, May 02, 2009

Happiness Bar Pangu Plaza

Happiness Bar Pangu Plaza

Enjoy the vibe and the incredible view from the Happiness Bar in the Pangu Plaza complex, Beijing.

View from Happiness Bar Pangu Plaza

View from Happiness Bar Pangu Plaza


Friday, May 01, 2009

Electronics Shopping in Madian Qiao Beijing

Electronics Shopping in Madian Qiao Beijing

Electronics Shopping in Beijing

Anyone looking for electronics to buy in the North Third Ring Road area may find what they are looking for at Madian Qiao in the old IKEA building.

Gome, Dazhong Electronics and PC Mall electronic shopping centres all have a wide range of electronic goods available at competitive prices. Of course right now is one of the best times of the year to find those dream items on sale.

Mobile phones, computers, printers, vacuum cleaners, hair dryers, electric razors, digital SLR cameras, fax machines, sound systems, DVD players, sound systems, a wide range of kitchen appliances including refrigerators, cookers, rice cookers, electric frying pans, bread makers are but some of the enormous items on sale.

If requiring English speaking sales assistants be patient, speak slowly, show them some written English requirements and you will be surprised at how many of the young sales assistants will speak English even though they say they cannot.

It is useful to arrive with the range of brands, models and other details written down and sales assistants will likely go off with your list to look up prices and availability of the items.

Access - Getting There

Nearest Beijing Subway Line 10 Beitucheng or Line 2 Deshengmen

Markets in Beijing

Panjiayuan Market

Yashow Market

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