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Beijing 2022 to display modern China at PyeongChang closing ceremony

Date : 28 Jan 2018

Beijing, China, January 28, 2018: Beijing's eight-minute show at the closing ceremony of PyeongChang 2018 will demonstrate a confident and modern China and convey a warm welcome from China in a high-tech way, said Zhang Yimou, chief director of the show, in a recent interview with Xinhua. The PyeongChang Winter Olympics will run from February 9-25. As the next host city of the Winter Olympics in 2022, Beijing will present a show for the handover ceremony. 

"Beijing's eight-minute show will not only demonstrate a modern China, but also showcase China's confidence to hold the Winter Games and warm welcome towards the whole world," said Zhang, who was chief director of both the opening and closing ceremonies of Beijing 2008.

In the opening ceremony of Beijing 2008, under the artistic direction of Zhang, Chinese contributions to universal culture such as paper, printing, porcelain and the compass along with icons such as the Great Wall, the Terracotta Army and the Silk Road were all part of the spectacle filled with history and technology.

"Current China is different from 10 years ago. We have held the Olympics and told the world our history of five thousand years. This time at PyeongChang 2018 we prefer to reveal the new achievement of contemporary China," added Zhang.

"The show will combine high technology and traditional performance together. The Winter Games should also highlight winter sports, therefore we will also illustrate the gestures of skating and skiing. Our performers will not be the traditional dancers or singers, but someone who can manage both winter sports and performance."




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