Monthly Archives: June 2016

Zheng He–When the Dragon Ships Came

Over 500 people attended performances of Zheng He-When the Dragon Ships Came at Central Hall, Edinburgh organised by the Confucius Institute for Scotland in the University of Edinburgh, in association with SCEN on 9th June.

Students and staff from 17 primary and secondary schools, as well as the evening audience of adults and families, found the production to be quite magical and were enthralled by the powerful story-telling and entrancing staging.

Zheng He-When the Dragon Ships Came relates the tale of the fantastic journeys of this famous Chinese explorer who with his fleet of more than 300 enormous ‘dragon ships’ sailed via Indonesia, India, and the Arabian Coast to Africa – almost 100 years before Columbus set sail for America. While every child in China knows the story of Zheng He’s travels, here, his adventures remain largely unknown.

Zheng He Web Resolution 11

This production has won many plaudits for its innovative set design which features interaction between the screen and the action on stage. The animated films, video clips, shadow images and masks form a constantly changing visual narrative while the multi-lingual audio and musical score ensure that audience members are fully engaged by the production

Job Opportunity – Project Assistant at Edinburgh Castle

Working on behalf of Historic Environment Scotland, the Confucius Institute for Scotland is recruiting up to four part time enthusiastic Chinese speaking individuals to work along side the retail team in Edinburgh Castle.

Edinburgh Castle is Scotland’s most popular paid visitor attraction, welcoming around 1.6 million visitors annually. This exciting project will investigate the impact of native speakers on the shop floor, and whether this has any impact on retail spend, and the associated key performance indicators.

Project Assistants will be required to

  • Learn, maintain and improve product knowledge, including manufacturing processes of textiles, alcohol and food lines, as well as licensing regulations associated with the sale of alcohol.
  • Maximise trading income through actively selling and up-selling appropriate merchandise, highlighting products across all 3 retail units.
  • Process sales, while ensuring that all financial procedures are adhered to and carried out accurately and efficiently.
  • Work with Front of House team to introduce guests to the stores and to the personal shopper service.
  • Greet guests and ensure high standards of customer service.
  • Promote and process VAT refund forms.
  • Comply with Historic Environment Scotland Health and Safety policy.

Key responsibilities, duties and objectives

To deliver the highest standard of customer care to all visitors at all times; enthusiastically provide information and assistance to visitors throughout their visit, whilst also ensuring visitor safety at Edinburgh Castle; and ensure high standards of presentation and professionalism are maintained at all times.

What we are looking for?

  • Fluency in Chinese;
  • High standards of customer service;
  • Previous sales experience;
  • Passion for Scotland and it’s heritage;
  • Energetic and proactive;
  • Sales driven and motivated to hit and exceed sales targets;
  • Able to up-sell and cross-sell to maximise every opportunity.

Post information:

Number of positions available: up to 4
Contract type: Part-time, Temporary (initial length of the contract is 4 months)
Salary: £8.31 per hour (plus holiday allowances)
Expected start date: 1 August 2016

To apply:

If you are interested in this opportunity, please email your CV to Jie Chen ( by Thursday, 14 July 2016. Short-listed candidate will be interviewed w/b 18 July 2016.

Exhibition from Shanghai Municipal Archives 28/29 June

An exhibition on the city of Shanghai is taking place in the first floor project room at 50 George Square in the University of Edinburgh’s Central campus. Opening on Tuesday 28 June from 4pm this exhibition from Shanghai Municipal Library presents the story of the historical development of Shanghai and considers its future through to 2020.

Shanghai Municipal Archives, established in 1959, is one of the national archives which has the largest collections in China, having over 3.6 million pieces in total at present. Over the years, the Archive has actively carried out cultural exchanges and cooperation overseas holding thematic
archive exhibitions in more than 20 countries across all five continents.

This exhibition will be the first  in the UK. With the collection of photos, this exhibition shows the historical developments and changes of Shanghai, as well as the good relations between Shanghai and the United Kingdom over the past 170 years.

The exhibition will be formally opened at 4pm on Tuesday 28th June and be open to the general public on Wednesday 29th June from 10am till 5pm.  Admittance is free and all are welcome.

VENUE:  Project Room, 50 George Square, Edinburgh
DATE & TIME: Tuesday 28 June – Opening Reception from 4pm; Wednesday 29 June 10am-5pm


‘Red Snow’ Film Screening & Discussion Mon 20 June

Join us for the opportunity to see Red Snow the first independent feature film from award winning director Peng Tao.

This is an ambitiRedSnowously crafted cinematic experience. Peng seeks to capture the essence of the ten year Cultural Revolution by exploring the complicated relations between a peasant woman and three runaways- a veteran cadre, a red guard, and a young girl fleeing a natural disaster. The film is suitable age 18+

Red Snow is set in rural Shanxi and was produced in 2006 during the 40th anniversary of the Cultural Revolution.

This was director Peng Tao’s first independent feature film. In 2007 he produced Little Moth.

Following on from the showing there will be a round table discussion chaired by Professor Paul Pickowicz, Distinguished Professor of History and Chinese Studies at the University of California, San Diego, and inaugural holder of the UC San Diego Endowed Chair in Modern Chinese History.

  • 5.15pm-7.00pm: Film Screening of Red Snow (Chinese dialogue with English subtitles)
  • 7.00pm-7.30pm: Break (Drinks and sandwiches served)
  • 7.30pm-8.30pm: Discussion (Chaired by Professor Paul Pickowicz)

For further details, please download a copy of the programme.

The event is free, but as seat numbers are restricted, it would be very helpful if you could email if you are planning to attend the event.

This event is brought to you by  Chinese Studies in the University of Edinburgh and the Confucius Institute for Scotland

DATE: Monday 20 June
TIME: 5.15pm to 8.30pm
VENUE: Screening Room (G04), 50 George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9JY.