The Chinese in their gardens

From March 1 to 9, the China Cultural Center will host “The Chinese in their gardens” exhibition. Taken by Michèle Koltz-Chedid and Aurélie Choiral, the photographs represent the Chinese’s daily activities in Beijing and Chengdu public parks.

This exhibition highlights the various and intergenerational activities practiced in Chinese public gardens. In China, as early as 6 o’clock in the morning, some followers of taijiquan are the first to arrive and give their blessings to public gardens. Then, they are followed by friendly gymnasts, singers and choirs, dancers, classical musicians, ballplayers, skill games lovers, cards or mahjong players.

In October 2011, Michèle Koltz-Chedid and Aurélie Choiral photographed Chinese seniors’ activities in the parks of Beijing and Chengdu. To their great surprise, they realised that many active young people joined the crowd of pensioners in this playful and joyful world. Clearly, all those joyous demonstrations really witness an “art of living and aging differently”.

Under the title “Les Chinois côté jardins, un art de vivre et de vieillir autrement”, a series of photographs were exhibited in Luxembourg (2013) and Brussels (2014), and published in a book under the Chinese title “沁园春” (Qin yuan chun) and English title “An art of living and aging differently”.

Exhibition “The Chinese in their gardens”
From 01.03 to 09.03.2016
China Cultural Center
Free entry

Opening hours
Monday to Thursday
09:30 – 20:00
09:30 – 18:00
Exceptionally open for Saturday March 5
10:00 – 17:00