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polyesco 09-06-2017 11:42 AM

Crown Prince Frederik's Working Visit to China: September 23-26, 2017
"Denmark is in focus as a knowledge nation when His Royal Highness The Crown Prince visits the Chinese capital Beijing and the southern Chinese city Guangzhou in September.

When Denmark entered into a partnership agreement with China in 2008 on research, innovation and education, it was the largest Danish undertaking in education and research outside of the country’s borders. And when Denmark, as the first EU country to do so, entered into cooperation with China earlier this year on a joint tourism year during 2017, The Crown Prince said “yes” to serving as patron.

Thus, knowledge and tourism will be in focus when The Crown Prince visits China 23-26 September. The Crown Prince will, among other things, open The Danish Industry Foundation House, which will be the home of the Sino-Danish Center for Education and Research in Huaiou, which is north of the capital Beijing. Three years ago, HM The Queen broke the first ground for the building, which The Crown Prince will now officially open. The new building will provide a setting for the collaboration which has taken place between the eight Danish universities and the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences since 2008.

The Crown Prince will also start up a new green urban renewal project in Qinlong Hutongen in central Beijing. Next year, the City of Copenhagen and Danish companies will collaborate and be co-hosts at Beijing Design Week. Here, Danish competencies will help show how the Chinese can elevate their quality of life through projects that focus on urbanization, renovation and sustainable solutions.

Later in the visit, The Crown Prince, in his role as patron of the joint tourism year between Denmark and China, will open the event Denmark Days, which will make the Chinese more aware of Denmark as a destination for their travels.

During the four-day visit, The Crown Prince will also open an exhibition in the Danish Culture Centre, take part in a seminar on innovation, creativity and learning, and also visit Tsinghua and the LEGO Foundation’s Lifelong Learning Lab.

The Crown Prince will be accompanied by higher education and science minister Søren Pind during the visit."
H.K.H. Kronprinsen rejser til Kina | Kongehuset

earlier this year, it was announced Frederik will be patron of Danish-Chinese Tourism 2017
H.K.H. Kronprinsen bliver protektor for dansk-kinesisk turismeår 2017 | Kongehuset

polyesco 09-08-2017 02:07 PM

article on Frederik's upcoming trip to China
Kronprins Frederik skal på spændende tur til Kina | BILLED-BLADET

and more information on Denmark Day in Guangzhou
Denmark Day in Guanzhou - DI

polyesco 09-21-2017 11:45 AM

program for Frederik's upcoming visit to China (Beijing and Guangdong):flowers:

Saturday, September 23rd
HRH The Crown Prince initiates and attends the final match of the annual Sino-Nordic Cup football tournament
HRH The Crown Prince opens the exhibition 'A Royal Modern Household'
HRH The Crown Prince participates in a tour of the Beijing Design Week 2018
HRH The Crown Prince participates in dinner with Denmark's ambassadors in China

Sunday, September 24th
HRH Crown Prince opens the Danish-Chinese seminar 'Educating the Leaders of Tomorrow - Play, Creativity and Social Values'
HRH Crown Prince visits Tsinghua Life Long Learning Lab
HRH The Crown Prince participates in the kick-start event for Copenhagen as a guest town
HRH The Crown Prince participates in dinner arranged by Industriens Fond and the City of Copenhagen

Monday, September 25th
HRH The Crown Prince participates in the official initiation of Industriens Fonds Hus
HRH The Crown Prince participates in the Sino-Danish Center's initiation run "SDC Inauguration Great Wall Run - China's Great Forces for a Healthy Future".
HRH The Crown Prince participates in a banquet dinner organized by UCAS in connection with the inauguration of Industriens Fonds Hus at Yanqihu University.

Tuesday, September 26th
HRH The Crown Prince visits Changzhou Island and places flowers at three historic Danish seamen's graves.
HRH The Crown Prince participates in 'Denmark Days - Adventures of Denmark'
HRH The Crown Prince participates in closing networking arrangements with Danish companies, local partners and tour operators.

polyesco 09-22-2017 11:11 AM

:previous: Here is a more complete program for Frederik's visit to China, with more information on each event :flowers:

Programme for H.R.H. The Crown Prince's visit to China | The Danish Monarchy - Front Page

eya 09-23-2017 06:00 AM

Crown Prince Frederik attends the final match of the annual Sino-Nordic Cup football tournament between Denmark and a Chinese team in Beijing on September 23 .

and kicks the ball to start


Frederik opens the exhibition 'A Royal Modern Household'

iceflower 09-23-2017 08:35 AM


Here's a nice gallery of the first day of Frederik's working visit:

** gettyimages/zimbio gallery: Danish Crown Prince Frederik Visits China - Day 1 **

polyesco 09-23-2017 02:34 PM

He has hit the ground running, literally. in China:flowers:
articles and video on his first day
VIDEO: Kronprins Frederik vild med dans og bold i Beijing | BILLED-BLADET
Kronprins Frederik er landet i Kina | BILLED-BLADET

"The annual Sino-Nordic Cup tournament is organized by the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, aimed at strengthening contact between China and the Nordic countries."
crown prince frederik Sino-Nordic Cup Football Tournament | Buy Photos | AP Images | Search

more information on the exibit "A Royal Modern Household", which highlights the artowrk by danish artist at Amalienborg
Crown Prince Frederik Danish Cultural Center beijing | Buy Photos | AP Images | Search
he looks proud

and to finish Day 1, dinner with H.E. Ambassador A. Carsten Damsgaard and Danish companies, organizations and the Danish community in China at the ambassador’s residence in Beijing.
Crown Prince Frederik Ambassador's Residence September 23, 2017 Pictures and Photos | Getty Images

:previous: Frederik appeared on a Chinese TV show, hosting a group of tv-hosts from China in Denmark before his trip
Kronprins Frederik tog kinesiske tv-værter med storm - TV 2

"The Danish Crown Prince and his relaxed style are a hit with the young Chinese, and it appeared with the Chinese Danish students when the Crown Prince visited the university.
Crown Prince in Chinese reality show

The Crown Prince's current China visit will be weeks after a performance in the Chinese television program 'Sisters Over Flowers', also known as 'Flowers On Trip'.

Here, Crown Prince Frederik took the five host hostages when he, with Christiania bike, oysters and ordinary casual characters, surprised them at Langelinie in Copenhagen.

On the other hand, the Crown Prince received a Chinese silk tie and admiring glance from both passers-by and Chinese hosts, who subsequently moved on to H.C. Andersen's birthplace, Odense.

Now the Crown Prince has traveled the opposite way and is in the Chinese capital, Beijing."

Muhler 09-23-2017 03:48 PM

Thank you, Polyesco, Eya & Iceflower. :flowers:

Of course Frederik isn't going to China because of their pretty brown eyes, it's as with almost all royal visits abroad about money.
China has the worlds largest middle class. And the Chinese middle class, in contrast to say the Danish middle class (about 80 % or so of the population) buy expensive.
Danes (Scandinavians/Westerners) like to save money when possible and show off how we have saved money. In China it's the opposite, you buy expensive when possible to show your status. That means Danish businesses that specialize in offering pretty good quality merchandise at affordable prices have had problems in China, while being a success elsewhere. So China is an attractive market.
Denmark is in the fortunate situation that it's a small country with no particular prehistory with China, apart from trade and diplomatic relations. And combined with H C Andersen being mandatory in Chinese schools for decades (his stories could be interpreted in whatever Marxist way that happened to be in at any given time. Also today where China has become a capitalist one-party system.) the Chinese have a pretty positive image of Denmark.
That includes the DRF, which is old enough to give it considerable gravitas, while being folksy enough to be palatable as the image of socialist community ideal that is still the political fashion in China.

In the clips I'm going to post links to (I hope you can see them, they are mainly in English, even though I can't quite make out the Chinese captions popping up everywhere. My Mandarin is, ahem, a bit rusty...) below, Frederik is very much in the center.

The visit to China has been well covered here in DK. So far only Beijing. A number of the students at one of the universities there is studying Danish. (Perhaps they want to study in DK later or seek an international career. DK is screaming for highly qualified people! We simply haven't got IT-people or engineers enough.)
Surprisingly perhaps the visit is also well covered in China, or at least Beijing local TV, and Frederik very much appeals to young people, as indeed he does back home in DK. He's royal, but laid back and approachable - and as one student noted, he's good looking. ;):tongue:

One of the exports to China is ready made kindergartens, schools, and now also retirement homes, build and run according to Danish teaching and pedagogue principles which are very different from Chinese principles. Both in regards to teaching, schedule, functionality and decor. - And also a plan for anti-bullying, based on Mary's initiative. (Sorry Aussies, we nicked that idea from you and ran away with it. :biggrin:)
The ironic thing is that we in DK are currently looking at the Asian schooling systems to see if we can use their principles.

In the clips below we see Frederik meeting five hosts from a very popular Chinese reality show for young people (they look pretty Japanese inspired to me), who went to DK prior to this visit. And the red carpet was rolled out for them, including Frederik served as a little dish for them. The programme was worth gold! And in the Ministry for Commerce and the Foreign Ministry they still can't get their arms down.

Here we go, I hope you can watch this: Kronprins Frederik tog kinesiske tv-værter med storm - TV 2

Muhler 09-23-2017 06:02 PM

Here is the full video about DK, which was made by the Chinese group some three weeks ago. Frederik is featured from 9:30:

Looks like a funny video, but somewhat difficult to enjoy in full for those of us who are Chinese-challenged.

iceflower 09-24-2017 08:00 AM


Here's a gallery of day 2 today, September 24:

** gettyimages/zimbio: CHN: Danish Crown Prince Frederik Visits China - Day 2 **

polyesco 09-24-2017 02:32 PM

Day 1 from the DRF gallery
Besøg i Kina - dag 1 | Kongehuset

and gallery for day 2 from the DRF . There has been great coverage so far
Besøg i Kina - dag 2 | Kongehuset

articles from day 2 and the promotion of Danish schools
Kineserne er vilde med dansk skolemodel - TV 2
Kronprins Frederik gav kinesiske børn en kæmpe oplevelse | BILLED-BLADET

it's a very full agenda, and Frederik has been in top form. Putting those around him at ease.

Danish living Exhibition
Crown Prince Frederik Visits 'Explore Danish Living', An Exhibition About Copenhagen Pictures and Photos | Getty Images

iceflower 09-25-2017 05:57 AM


Pics of day 3 in China today:

** gettyimages/zimbio gallery: CHN: Danish Crown Prince Frederik Visits China - Day 3 **

polyesco 09-25-2017 11:35 AM

Its been a great and balanced visit. Frederik in all his events has done so well.

galleries from day 2
" at the Tsinghua Lab for Lifelong Learning. Learning through playing, these students play with Lego and other educational resources to explore the boundaries of knowledge. Tsinghua has worked closely with Danish institutes of higher education since 2007, and currently hosts 14 Danish students."

"Hrh Crown Prince Frederik opened the seminar "educating the leader of tomorrow - play, creativity and social values", and visited afterwards a centre researching children's learning and creativity - including playing with Lego."
VIDEO: Flotte kronprins Frederik gjorde et godt indtryk på alle i Beijing | BILLED-BLADET

Day 3
Danish Industry Foundation House
Indvielse af Industriens Fonds Hus i Kina | Industriens Fond
of which the Queen in 2014 inaugurated the construction

taking part in a run on the Great Wall of China
"Crown Prince takes part in the Sino-Danish Center’s ‘SDC Inauguration Great Wall Run – Joining Forces for a Healthy Future’ on the Great Wall of China. Together with current students from the centre, The Crown Prince will run with the goal of focusing on the health of children and young people in China."
Kronprinsen løb på Den Kinesiske Mur: - Havde været sjovere med børnene - TV 2

article on day 3
Kronprins Frederik talte kinesisk til fest i Yanqihu | BILLED-BLADET

gallery and video of Day 3 from the DRF website
Besøg i Kina - dag 3 | Kongehuset
VIDEO: Løbetur på Den Kinesiske Mur | Kongehuset

Muhler 09-25-2017 01:48 PM

Thanks Iceflower & Polyesco. :flowers:

Yes, today's main event was the opening of what is basically a joint Danish-Chinese university/technical institute. - Very much supported by Danish Industry and supplied with products from Danish companies.
The purpose here being that Danish students can go to China, study with Chinese students in an environment that is both international and at the same time homely. - That appeals to students from both countries.
The research performed here is very much based on developing Danish products and tailor-make them for the Chinese market.
Say a pump. A pump is developed in a company in DK. The company send prototypes to this university in China, where further development and research by both Danish and Chinese students take place. That means the Danish company get instant feedback on what is needed specifically for the Chinese market. The finishing, presentation and not least instruction that comes with the Danish product is fine-polished based on what the Chinese students think - they are after all often the ones who have to work with the product locally afterwards.
The Chinese students get the opportunity to work closely with Western students using and an approach and having a mindset that is often completely different from that in China - without actually having to leave China.
Keep in mind that Chinese students studying abroad, just like every other international student, often feel like they have been dumped in a completely alien environment! Here they don't have to use time and energy on adapting to a new country, new culture and new language - apart from English (and perhaps some Danish as well).

It's actually a very interesting co-operation and Danish Industry (*) have high expectations.

(*) Danish Industry is the very influential umbrella organization representing the interests of basically every major Danish company worth mentioning. The DRF work closely with Danish Industry.

An Ard Ri 09-26-2017 07:53 AM

Looks like the Danish Crown Prince has made some new Chinese fans!

polyesco 09-26-2017 11:18 AM

:previous: He has received a great welcoming and quite popular

A great patron for the Danish-Chinese Tourism 2017

article and video from yesterday's run
VIDEO: Kronprins Frederik fik uforglemmelig løbetur på Den Kinesiske Mur | BILLED-BLADET
video from yesterday's opening of the Industrial House

Day 4
"The Crown Prince pays a visit to the historical area Changzhou Island, which among other things houses a historic graveyard for Danish sailors and merchants. During the visit, The Crown Prince will lay flowers at three named Danish gravesites and get a guided tour focusing on Danish-Chinese maritime history. Changzhou Island was once known as ‘Danes Island’ and functioned as a base for Danes in connection with the trade in China. Today, the island is a symbol of how Denmark was a seafaring nation with strong ties to China."

HRH Crown Prince wishes badminton player Viktor Axelsen congratulations on the victory in the Japan Open. Afterwards Viktor Axelsen gave his racket to the Crown Prince. The meeting took place during the event 'Denmark Days - Adventures of Denmark' in the center of Guangzhou.

longer video of Day 4 events

polyesco 09-26-2017 07:26 PM

another article on Frederik's important visit

polyesco 09-27-2017 11:50 AM

More pictures and videos from Day 4
"The Crown Prince takes part in the event 'Denmark Days - Adventures of Denmark', which is one of the activities taking place in China as part of the Danish-Chinese Tourism Year. At the event, The Crown Prince will, among other things, name the winner of ECCO's Walkathon and launch a H.C. Andersen signature route together with Visit Denmark. The event takes place in the historic Guangzhou city center, where Danish tourism companies are currently promoting Danish destinations to Chinese tourists."

visiting the Danish company Royal Farm

from the Danish Embassy in China
"It has been three days with a wealth of activities in education, innovation, architecture, health and tourism. The final objective was very special, when the crown prince and the world's best badminton Viktor Axelsen together focused on health and Danish Tourism."

at the Industrial House

Danish Living Exhibition

article on Day 4
Kronprins Frederik til fantastisk intimkoncert med Oh Land i Guangzhou | BILLED-BLADET
Im sure he is glad to be back home:flowers:

ROYAL NORWAY 09-27-2017 12:23 PM

A well done visit by Frederik.

Thanks to polyesco and the others here for covering it! :flowers:

polyesco 09-28-2017 11:19 AM

:previous: Another video and article on Frederik's last day in China
VIDEO: Kronprins Frederik og ketsjerkongen Victor Axelsen i svedig duel i Kina | BILLED-BLADET

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