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A Living Story of Two Millennia: Past and Present of Chinese Architecture
Date: 25 April -
3 May 2019
Organization: UNOG
Location: Salle des pas perdus
Category: Exhibition
patron: Permanent Mission of China

This event takes place at the Palais des Nations, Salle des pas perdus - A Building; Entry: Pregny Gate; Access: Door 40.

All attendees who do not hold a UN ground badge are kindly requested to register here.


The event will showcase the historical evolution of Chinese architecture and its artistic design, also the philosophy that inspired it. The exhibition will show the central tenets of Chinese culture: harmony between man and nature, openness and inclusiveness, respect for legacy and innovation, and dynamic balance.

The exhibition is divided into four parts: Historical Chinese architecture; Architecture on the ancient Silk Road; Cultural artefacts and Modern architectural design and urban landscaping.

About Chinese Language Day (20 April)

The date for the Chinese Language Day was selected from Guyu ("Rain of Millet"), which is the 6th of 24 solar terms in the traditional East Asian calendars, to pay tribute to Cangjie.

Cangjie is a very important figure in ancient China, claimed to be an official historian of the Yellow Emperor and the inventor of Chinese characters. Legend has it that he had four eyes and four pupils, and that when he invented the characters, the deities and ghosts cried and the sky rained millet. From then on, Chinese people celebrate the day Guyu in honour of Cangjie. In the Gregorian calendar, it usually begins around 20 April.

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