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    Beijing Highland Games

    Hello Rabble,

    I was rather surprised to get notice of this event and I thought it might be of interest on the forum. On June 2nd, a group of business and cultural organizations in Beijing will be hosting the first Highland Games ever to be held in the Chinese capital. The venue is a park in the embassy district, where many foreign diplomats and businesspeople are located.

    Since I am now working near Hong Kong, I will be unable to make it to this event, although I admit I am quite intrigued.

    This link has details for those who would like to learn more: https://beijing.austcham.org/event/e...ighland-games/

    Andrew

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    I was tickled by the stock photos of the announcement. I hope they will have a large participation and use photos of the crowd for future advertisement. A shame you can't make it. An envoy for the Rabble would have been a nice touch. Maybe you will get the chance someday.

    Will you please inform us if there is media coverage. Thanks in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    I was tickled by the stock photos of the announcement...
    To be fair, they can hardly use pictures from last year's event.

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    I understand the photo archive issue the organizers face. I used to photograph and write articles for a magazine (covering motorcycle rallies) that highlighted first annual events with advertised pictures from other venues. Once there are stock photos of the event, participation usually improves (or rarely, crashes in a glorious manner).

    I still hope interest and attendance is high and embraced with same spirit as Highland games here in the U.S.

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    Interestingly, there is a large upsurge of Chinese visitors to Scotland at the moment.
    " Rules are for the guidance of wise men and the adherence of idle minds and minor tyrants". Field Marshal Lord Slim.

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    I am not surprised to hear that visitors from China are increasing.

    I can attest that the Chinese are very aware of Scotland, which is called "Segulan" (say-goo-lawn) in Mandarin. Whenever I am kilted, I can hear people saying Segulan as I pass and there is much interest, photo-taking, and compliments about my attire.

    I have also known a few Chinese educators who attended college or graduate school in Edinburgh and have very fond memories of their time there.

    Beijing, being the capital, does have a few Scottish-themed events during the year (Burns Night, St. Andrews Tartan Ball) generally promoted by the British Embassy and Chamber of Commerce. There are a number of British curriculum schools in the city as well (British School of Beijing, BISS, Dulwich College). In fact, I taught IGCSE English there one year.

    Living near Hong Kong, I regularly attend Scottish events there. But, of course, there is much more British culture in evidence in Hong Kong than elsewhere in China.

    I will keep the Rabble posted on any coverage I see of the Beijing Games.

    Andrew

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    According to the press accounts, the Highland Games were a success, with over 700 people attending. Here are links to a few reports on the event, with lots of pictures:


    https://beijing.austcham.org/event/e...ighland-games/
    https://www.britishchamber.cn/en/bei...es-was-packed/

    I am glad to see the event was well-received. Unfortunately, having relocated to Shenzhen, I was unable to attend, although I have been active in the events of the Hong Kong Highlanders.

    Andrew

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