The Beijing Design Fair: More than just design
The Beijing Design Fair, one of China’s biggest international exhibitions, each year invites a conglomerate of nations to attend and of course exhibit. Since 2011 the Beijing Design Fair has hosted a different country as the Guest city. What this means is that the city of choice is awarded more floor space at the Beijing Design Fair and is allowed to showcase their design concepts on a grander scale than the rest of the attendees. This year will see Amsterdam as the guest city and the aim of this decision, other than the exposure of Dutch design is also one of a cultural learning experience. Ideas will be exchanged and ties will be established. This is ultimately one of the biggest goals of the Beijing Design Fair – a sharing of ideas and the building of relationships through the concepts of design.
The announcement of Amsterdam as the guest city at 2013’s Beijing Design Fair was made known on the 10th of April. The fair is hosted at various locations within Beijing and is not solely based around ideas about design, but is also geared towards opening dialogue and allowing an exchange of ideas between people from all walks of life. The Beijing Design Fair will thus host debates and other activities and will not just be limited to the sphere of design.
One of the major reasons for the selection of Amsterdam as guest city at this year’s Beijing Design Fair has to do with the fact that friendly relations have existed between China and Amsterdam since 1985. It appears to be a relationship of mutual symbioses – China has acquired certain companies from the Dutch and both countries have collaborated and continue to do so on issues around water management, waste processing and monument conservation. Creative and art industries also form part of this collaboration.
So you’ve arrived in Beijing and your soaking up all that this hyper cultural experience has to offer. And it’s absolutely incredible! Never in your life did you think that you’d see a world so submersed in history and technology. To many people, Beijing represents the perfect amalgamation of culture and technology. This is a city that has set forth China’s course and destiny for the last 7 centuries and has been defined by various dynasties. Each dynasty has had an emperor that has set forth various agendas – often in warfare and in infrastructure – it’s one of the reasons why Beijing has such lavish and epic architecture.
It’s been said that one of the best ways to solidify one’s Beijing experience is to get a Beijing tattoo. Apparently nothing leaves you more with a sense of having visited China’s capital and having immersed yourself in its tourist and cultural treasures more than a Beijing tattoo. Now some will attest to the fact that a tattoo is painful, immature and in some religions, frowned upon. Luckily those people are in the minority. Rest assured that a Beijing tattoo is the perfect artwork to bestow upon your body to permanently engrave your time in Beijing.
But don’t just leap at the idea. As with most serious endeavours in life, it’s important to do your research. Don’t get all gung-ho and just choose the first Beijing tattoo parlour you come across in your quest to immortalise your amazing travel experience. Instead conduct a decent search, not just physically, as there will likely be a number of parlour owners all too happy to welcome you inside, give you a hell of a discount, a lovely Beijing tattoo and after that four shots of penicillin to cure the bacterial disease you’ve just picked up due to a lack of hygiene. The best thing to do, is to do a an internet search. Go to forums where previous tourists have shared their Beijing holiday experiences and more importantly their Beijing tattoo ordeals. This way you’re bound to get an idea of which tattoo houses to visit and which to avoid.
This year’s Beijing Fair promises to be one for the books.
China’s biggest international fair, comprising visitors from all over and displaying arts, culture and design, is gearing up for this massive showcase of talents with Amsterdam set to be this year’s guest city. So big is this event, that many have compared it to Macau’s gambling sector – one of the biggest gambling hubs in the world and one said to rival many online casino industries including the NZ dollar online casino sector.
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It might still be a while before an event like the Beijing Fair allows NZ online slots operators to display their latest games, but in the meantime, those interested in in trying their luck online are welcome to try at the various internet casino operators.