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Chinese New Year at the Garden

Passage to China
Saturday, February 20, 2016
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Alsdorf Auditorium

Regular parking fees apply.For easier entry, purchase your parking in advance.

About the Film

Passage to China is a film trilogy documenting Denise Keller—a Chinese-German TV hostess—and her vast travels to various parts of China during the second half of 2014. Each part is 52 minutes, and shown in English with Chinese subtitles.

10 a.m.

Ties That Bind: Denise takes us to the birthplace of Confucius in Shandong province; then moves on to the country’s most modern city—Shanghai. She marvels at the ancient city walls of Xi’an, and ends up at the breathtaking terraced rice fields in Yuanyang, Yunnan Province.  During this episode, we also witness Denise’s discovery of her own roots in the Tulou (eastern structures) in Yongding, Fujian Province.

11:15 a.m.

Art of Life: Denise visits a guqin (Chinese zither) maker and enjoys a guqin performance in Beijing. The title of the music performance is Water Flowing, and it was included on the CD carried by NASA’s Voyager 1 and 2. We also have a surprise visit with the internationally renowned composer Tan Dun and learn about his world-famous work Water Heavens—the phenomenon of performing music with water.

1 p.m.

Icon of Culture: At Yuanyang in Yunnan Province, Denise drives cattle and learns how this terrace fields, a thousand-year-old agricultural and cultural vista continues to be maintained by the minority groups.  Denise tastes their own brewed rice yellow wine, Huangjiu, gets a little tipsy and travels to Hangzhou city to collect and attend an authentic tea ceremony of the world-famous tea: Lungjing (Dragon Well). After that, two more stops: porcelain making at the modern porcelain capital Jingdezhen; and silk spinning and weaving in Suzhou. The trilogy is then wrapped up with Denise visiting Chinese artists focused on contemporary art.

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While you are here...
Seek respite from the cold in the Orchid Show, open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (fee applies; discounted tickets for Garden members). See stunning displays of more than 10,000 blooms, which will fill the Greenhouses and exhibition spaces of the Regenstein Center with exotic fragrance and vibrant colors.