With participants from 86 countries and regions, this year’s event attracted nearly 5,800 industry insiders from 2,645 companie
s and organizations, who signed 1,368 deals and cooperation agreements worth up to 14 billion yuan.
A report released during the festival says Chinese cinemas screened 34 domestic animated features that grossed 1.62 billi
on yuan in total in 2018, a rise of 13.3 percent on the output and a 24.5 percent increase in revenue, respectively, compared to 2017.
For many international filmmakers, China‘s expanding cartoon and animation industry has gripped their attention.
“I think Chinese animation production is already headed in a great direction,” says Joe D’Am
brosia, senior vice-president of original programming and general manager of Disney Junior.
As one of the guest speakers of the festival’s master classes, D‘Ambrosia joined Disney in 2011 and has played a cr
ucial role in steering the company to the top of preschool TV networks in the United States consecutively from 2013 to 2018.
ng between 7 am and 11 am and to those entering the city from outside Beijing between 5 pm and 10 pm. Violators will be fined 100 yuan.
Also part of support measures for visitors to the event, construction of 11 temporary parking lots was completed earlier this mo
nth. The parking lots, with a total area of 106.04 hectares, can accommodate more than 20,000 vehicles.Tan Choon Ho
ng, a Malaysian man of Chinese descent, is deputy project manager of the Penang STP2 Project Management Office unde
r China Communication Construction (M) SDN BHD. His wife tells us how the company stimulates the develo
pment of the local economy, enriches the lives of local residents and makes overseas Chinese proud.
Every year, about 5,000 people with potentially deadly head and neck cancer come to S
un Yat-sen University Cancer Center, the world’s busiest medical facility treating the disease.
Ma Jun, a specialist in nasopharyngeal cancer who has worked at the
hospital in Guangdong province for 34 years, says every patient has a heart-wrenching story.
He also underlined the significance of a strong audience base in the fu
ture. “It’s about developing the audience for Chinese animated films – to create projec
ts that are more popular with broader appeal,” he said. “The most important thing is to tell a good story with i
nteresting characters, in a way that is fresh and new, different and exciting for the audience.”
Minkoff said the Chinese animation industry has grown vigorously over the past dec
ade. “I’ve seen improvements made in the quality of the animation, the production and the filmmaking.”
With the coming of the 5G era and virtual reality, he thinks it opens up new space for creativity and accessibility. “The changes in techno
logy are going to continue to improve and make it possible to make really interesting, different kinds of films, an
d put the tools of filmmaking and animation into more people’s hands, which I think would be very good,” the director said.
Besides the animated adaptation of Wolf Totem, Minkoff revealed to
China Daily he is working on a “secret” project inspired by Chinese culture. “The movie is bas
ar,” Yu said. “Our market share is still growing very rapidly.” Ac
cording to him, currently, one of every three smartphones sold in China is from Huawei an
d he hopes that in the near future, two out of every three smartphones sold in China are from Huawei.
The company is also expanding its presence in overseas markets, with it already beco
ming the top smartphone vendor in several European countries, Yu added.
Huawei knocked Apple Inc off its second-place seat in the second quarter of 2018. The two are
in fierce competition. Currently, Samsung Electronics Co is the largest smartphone vendor in the world.
Yu also said that Huawei is open to selling its 5G modems, a key component of smartphones, to
Apple, as the United States tech giant is having difficulty in finding an appropriate supplier.
In 2018, Huawei shipped over 200 million smartphones and it said earlier that
the Shenzhen-based company is likely to ship about 230 to 250 million smartphones this year.
passed Tongxiang and left good luck. Anyone who went out for a hike du
ring the Qingming Festival could take the luck home and get double the harvest of silk. Thus, p
eople hold a ceremony to worship the deity of the silkworm, and other activities to pray for a good silk harvest.
Yvonne Horst, the travel blogger from GoYvon who has lived and worked in China for six years, visited Tongxiang for the first time.
“I haven’t seen a ceremony held in the Qingming Festival. What I k
now about the Qingming Festival is it is a festival to commemorate ancestors. I think it’s just fa
mily members going to sweep tombs together. However, there is such a big event to celebrate the harvest in Ton
gxiang, which gives me a chance to get a deeper understanding of the local culture,” Horst said.
The beautiful spring scenery in Tongxiang fascinated the foreigners as well. They dres
sed in han clothes, appreciated plum blossoms and tasted plum wine. They also tried bamboo wea
ving, fan paintings and other intangible cultural heritage projects themselves to understand the local culture.
Akhil Parashar, a journalist with CRI Online, wore han clothes for the first time.
“I think the city has profound historical and cultural connotations. Wearing such traditional clothes gives me a sense of trave
rsing time and space, and also gives me a more personal experience of Chinese traditional culture,” he said.