Author Archives: Simina Mistreanu

Saving Face Exhibition Creates Composed Identities

The Beijing Culture and Art Center (BCAC) is announcing the exhibition BCAC Open Display VITA ACTIVA: Saving Face, which opened December 26. The exhibition aims to establish a “digital-synesthetic trust system” through video and scanning technologies and “caressing one’s self.” Through their art installations,...


Historic Churches in Beijing

Aside from its Buddhist and Daoist temples and mosques, Beijing also has numerous historic churches. Many were demolished and rebuilt several times over the past few centuries as they fell victim to earthquakes, fires and popular revolts. Today, some are caught in-between global and...



Great Britain Extends Tourist Visas for Chinese to Boost Economy

Chinese travelers bound for Great Britain will be receiving two-year multi-entry visas starting from this month. Previous tourist visas for Chinese visitors were limited to six months. British Prime Minister David Cameron announced his government’s plans for the change last October. Chinese tourists spend...


798 Makes Room for Art and Kitsch

In the northeast of Beijing, just inside Fourth Ring Road, is 798 Art Zone. To reach it from the nearest subway station, you pass through the Dashanzi neighborhood’s residential area, made of rows of modest blocks of flats, with Chinese street merchants selling meat,...



Co-Productions Increasingly Popular in China’s Film Market

As China’s film market has become the second-largest in the world, more and more foreign studios are trying to tap into its revenue. China limits the number of imported movies to 34 per year, but co-productions – movies produced jointly by two countries –...


New Sports Grow (Slowly) in China

After basketball scored such great success in China – visible both in the number of basketball courts and in the National Basketball Association’s sales – several other sports leagues have come to the Middle Kingdom to seek a foothold in its potentially huge market....


Triennale di Milano International Exhibition Makes a Comeback

The 21st Triennale di Milano International Exhibition will take place in Milan in 2016. The historic event was established in 1923 in the city of Monza and moved to Milan in 1933. The last Triennale Exhibition took place 20 years ago. The theme for...


Beijing’s Muslim Street Offers Culture, Delicious Snacks

In the south central part of Beijing lies Niu Jie, the heart of the capital’s Muslim community. The wide boulevard, whose name is often translated as “Ox Street,” is lined on each side with shops that sell snacks and fresh beef and mutton. Especially...