Exhibition on China's Cities in Transition

Vernissage on February 12, 2014, at Confucius Institute at Freie Universität Berlin / Workshops for Secondary School Students on March 18 and 20, 2014

№ 045/2014 from Feb 07, 2014

A new exhibition at the Confucius Institute at Freie Universität Berlin will depict recent economic, urban, and cultural developments in China’s metropolises. It will be opened with a vernissage on February 12, 2014, at 6 p.m. It marks the 20th anniversary of the partnership between Beijing and Berlin. Numerous posters, maps, and charts demonstrate these developments. Besides individual portraits of cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, and Tianjin, the exhibition will focus on creative urban spaces in China, as design, creativity, and innovation are major factors in the success of these cities. The exhibition will run until April 30, 2014. Admission is free. On March 18 and 20, 2014, the Confucius Institute will hold "China Days" for secondary school classes.

The exhibition shows the effects of the fundamental changes in the Chinese economy, from at first purely quantitative growth toward qualitative development of added value, lower environmental impact, and innovative markets. Behind this profound economic and cultural change, also designated the "Second Transformation," are China's metropolises.

The exhibition was designed by Dr. Michael Waibel, Universität Hamburg, who will give an introduction to the topic during the vernissage on February 12. The exhibition is also suitable for secondary school classes. On March 18 and 20 the Confucius Institute at Freie Universität Berlin is holding a special China Day for school classes of that age group - with an introduction to the Chinese language, intercultural games, and numerous activities related to the exhibition. Secondary teachers (class or homeroom teacher or subject teacher) can sign up at the institute for their students to participate in China Day activities.

Time and Location

  • Vernissage: Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 6 p.m., Introduction: Dr. Michael Waibel, Universität Hamburg, and Nathalie van Looy, Project Manager, Confucius Institute at Freie Universität Berlin.
  • Exhibition: through April 30, 2014
  • China Days for Secondary School Classes: Tuesday, March 18 or Thursday, March 20, 2014, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Confucius Institute at Freie Universität Berlin, Goßlerstraße 2–4, 14195 Berlin
  • Directions: S1, station: Lichterfelde West; U3, station: Thielplatz (20 minute walk); Bus M11, M48, and 101, bus stop: Unter den Eichen/Drakestraße
  • There is no charge for admission.

Further Information

Nathalie van Looy, Project Manager, Confucius Institute, Freie Universität Berlin, Tel.: +49 30 838-72884, Email: info@konfuziusinstitut-berlin.de