Two days ago, on the fifth of the fifth month of the Lunar Calendar, China celebrated the traditional Dragon Boat Festival in
commemoration of poet Qu Yuan who jumped into the river to react against
corrupt officials in the 4th Century BC during the Warring States Period in China.
That gave us - ChinaConduct and ChESS - inspiration to organize the Double Dragon Festival.
We celebrated at the Belfry of Ghent, a historical building with a golden dragon on top of it. Our Double
Dragon festival linked the western dragon on top of the Belfry with the Chinese dragonfestival. Instead of taking the boat, we took the stairs to climb up
high into the sky up to the dragon, and we drank golden dragon beer and had Chinese bites.
We were honored to have Dr. Xiang
Shihai 向世海博士 counselor of Culture, Science and Technology at
the Chinese Embassy in Brussels with us, and we were very happy that a hundred people participated in the joy of our event.
Very few books have been written about Xinjiang in northwest China, so I thought it was time to contribute a bit to the discussion of this largely unknown area. The book (only in Dutch for the time being) has more than 120 photographs that highlight this special area. Xinjiang is at the same time very Chinese and very different from the rest of China.
The title 'Xinjiang: de nieuwe grens van China' or 'Xinjiang: China's new border' refers to the literal translation of the Chinese characters 新疆, but 'new' also refers to the recent economic development of the area resulting in a whole new Xinjiang with new infrastructure, new architecture, a new position between the central Chinese government and Central Asia.