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London Science Museum celebrates Chinese New Year
More than 5,000 people visited London's Science Museum to celebrate the upcoming Chinese New Year on January 30.
Dame Mary Archer, Chairman of the Board of the Science Museum Group and Sir Ian Blatchford, Director and Chief Executive of the Science Museum Group, celebrated Chinese New Year during China Lates. (Photo: Qiang Wei)
Science Museum officials prepared a series of events and exhibitions for this month’s “Science Museum Lates,” a series of adult-oriented, after-hours programs that fall on the last Wednesday of every month. The theme for this month’s series was Chinese New Year, or “China Lates.”
The event and exhibitions showcased China’s science and technology development since ancient times, from the Chinese encyclopedia of technical issues “Tiangong Kaiwu (The Exploitation of the Works of Nature)” published during the Ming Dynasty, to Chang’e-4 satellite’s landing on the far side of the moon.
“China Lates is a fine example of cultural exchange between China and the UK, I hope there will be more events to help the British, especially the young people, gain a better understanding of China's past, present, and future. This will cement public support for the sustained development of China-UK relations,” said Liu Xiaoming, Chinese Ambassador to the UK.
“In recent years, we have built professional networks with ministries, educational organizations and individuals in China. As a result, we have some excellent projects for the year ahead,” said the Director of the Science Museum Group, Sir Ian Blatchford.
According to Sir Blatchford, the adult program provided visitors a chance to enjoy dragon and lion dancing, listen to discussions on the cooperation between the UK and China, and participate in multiple exhibitions.
An augmented reality (AR) vision of Tiangong Kaiwu was exhibited during the China Lates program. (Photo: Qiang Wei)
Visitors are invited to make their own dragons. (Photo: Qiang Wei)
A Science Museum staffmember stands next to a Happy Chinese New Year poster. (Photo: Qiang Wei)
(Produced by Han Xiaomeng; story from People's Daily app)