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Bologna diventa città “Welcome Chinese”. Un protocollo d’intesa per avvicinare la Cina al capoluogo emiliano sia dal punto di vista turistico che economico e commerciale. Il documento è stato firmato questa mattina in Sala Rossa, a Palazzo d’Accursio, dal Sindaco di Bologna Virginio Merola e dall’Ambasciatore della Repubblica Popolare Cinese in Italia, Li Ruiyu. Bologna è dunque la prima città metropolitana italiana ad aver ricevuto la Certificazione ufficiale cinese, “Welcome Chinese”, il prestigioso  riconoscimento governativo che permette alle sole strutture così riconosciute di entrare nel mercato cinese in modo diretto attraverso il sostegno della China Tourism Academy, ente del Ministero del Turismo Cinese, che ne supporta il programma e offre particolari benefits di accredito presso i più importanti tour operator cinesi, in collaborazione con China Central Television (CCTV), rete televisiva nazionale, China Union Pay, unico circuito di carte di credito emesso in Cina…

…La Certificazione Welcome Chinese è uno standard esclusivo, che permette alle strutture del turismo incoming di accedere ad un network riconosciuto consentendo di indirizzare con specifici requisiti il vasto mercato di visitatori cinesi e distinguersi dalla concorrenza. Chi la possiede gode di una visibilità speciale, marchio autentico di garanzia riconosciuto da parte degli operatori turistici cinesi e dagli enti istituzionali preposti alla gestione del turismo outbound dalla Cina. Sono oltre 500 le strutture certificate Welcome Chinese, in rappresentanza di 32 paesi in tutto il mondo. La parte del leone la fa l’Europa (inclusa la Russia) con 321 certificazioni e soprattutto l’Italia che, con 120 certificazioni, supera addirittura un quinto di quelle mondiali…

(fonte Iperbole )

nella foto il Sindaco di Bologna Virginio Merola con Ambasciatore della Repubblica Popolare Cinese in Italia, Li Ruiyu.


Qualche anno fa avevamo intervistato il prof. Roberto Grandi, che curava da tempo un inserimento di Bologna in Cina, una tessitura che risaliva all’Expò, ecco una sua intervista



la versione per gli amici cinesi




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Una sindrome cinese

In tema di festività e luci il prof. Franco Naccarella (http://qualemedicina2000.bologna.it/ ) ci ha

inviato questo contributo da Shangai

She Shan Cathedral a Shangai

She Shan

I think that you would like to read something about  the Basilica of Our Lady of Sheshan.
She Shan Cathedral

Close-up of the cathedral
The She Shan Basilica (officially: Basilica of Our Lady of She Shan, simplified Chinese) is a Catholic church in Shanghai, China. The name comes from its location on the western peak of She Shan Hill, located in Songjiang District, to the west of Shanghai’s metropolitan area.[Need quotation to verify] and was at one time the destination of pilgrims from across Asia.
a.. 1 History
b.. 2 Layout
c.. 3 Other features
d.. 4 Pilgrimage
e.. 5 See also
f.. 6 References
g.. 7 External links

The official name of the church is the Church of the Holy Mother in China. The first church on She Shan hill was built in 1863. During the Taiping Rebellion, Jesuit missionaries bought a plot of land on the southern slopes of the hill. A derelict Buddhist monastery had stood on the site. The remaining buildings were demolished, and a small building was constructed as living quarters for missionaries, and a small chapel. At the peak of the hill (where the Maitreya hall had stood), a small pavilion was built in which was placed a statue of the Madonna.
In June 1870, unrest in Tianjin led to the burning of churches there. The Shanghai Jesuits prayed at the statue of the Madonna and pledged to build a church to her honour in return for her protection. Subsequently, construction of the church began. Wood was shipped in from Shanghai, and stone bought from Fujian. All material had to be ported to the peak by hand. The church was completed two years later. This first church was in the form of a cross, and incorporated features of both Chinese and Western architectural features. A veranda was placed outside the door, with ten columns. Eight stone lions were placed before the church. In 1894, several ancillary buildings were added. These included a chapel half-way down the hill, a shrine to the Sacred Heart, the Virgin Mary, and St. Joseph. Fourteen Stations of the Cross were constructed along the path to the church.
In 1925, the existing church was found to be inadequate, and it lagged far behind other churches in Shanghai in terms of size and ornamentation. The church was demolished and rebuilt. Because the Portuguese priest and architect (???) was very stringent about the quality of construction, the whole project took ten years to finish, and the church was completed in 1935.
In 1942, Pope Pius XII ordained the She Shan Cathedral a minor Basilica. In 1946, the Holy See crowned the statue of Our Lady of Zose (Zose being the Shanghainese pronunciation of She Shan) at the apex of the tower.
After the Communist takeover in 1949, She Shan Cathedral was heavily damaged during the Cultural Revolution. The stained glass windows of the church, carvings along the Via Dolorosa, the statue atop the bell tower, and various other works of iconography were destroyed.
In the 1950s, Ignatius Kung Pin-Mei the Roman Catholic bishop of Shanghai was arrested and imprisoned for over 30 years and the Chinese government put the basilica under the control of the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association and Chinese bishops not recognized by the Vatican, and condemned by the papal encyclical Ad Apostolorum Principis.[1]
After the Cultural Revolution ended, the damage was gradually repaired. The statue was initially replaced with a simple iron cross, and a replacement statue was installed in 2000.
On May 24, 2008 Pope Benedict XVI announced that he had composed a special prayer for Our Lady of Sheshan.[2]
The church occupies an area of 1 hectare and is about 70 feet (20 m) tall. It is a rectangular Latin cross in shape, and in classical Basilica form. Entrances are placed in the north, west, and south. The main door is in the south-west. The nave is 55.81 m long, 24.68 m wide. The ceiling is 16.46 m high, and the church can seat 3000. The altar is placed at the eastern end, and is built of marble with gold trim and in-laid jade. The exterior is mainly granite, and part of the roof is covered in Chinese-style color-glazed tiles.
The bell tower stands on the south-east corner. It is 38 m tall. At the top of its bell tower stands a 4.8m bronze Madonna and Child statue (“Our Lady of Zose”, Zose being the Shanghainese pronunciation of “She Shan”).

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General articles
Overview of Mariology
Veneration of the Blessed Virgin : History of Mariology
Expressions of devotion
Art  Music  Architecture

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The 14 Stations of the Cross are situated at the end of each zig-zag path up the steep hill leading to the church. At the mid-level in an open square where there are two shrines, one in devotion to the Sacred Heart and the other to the Virgin Mary.
Nearby is the She Shan Station of the Shanghai Astronomical Observatory. This was originally built by the Jesuits.

In 1874, Pope Pius IX declared that pilgrims who went to She Shan in May (traditionally a Marian month) would receive a Plenary Indulgence. As a result, pilgrims from all over China began to congregate at She Shan in May, a practice that continues to this day.
Every May, the church becomes the destination for pilgrims who travel far and wide to make their annual pilgrimage at She Shan, praying the Way of the Cross, the Rosary and attending Mass at this holy site. Traditionally, many of the Catholics in the area were fishermen, who would make the pilgrimage by boat. This tradition continues among local Catholics, with the result that the creeks around She Shan are often crowded with boats in May.   Currently, She Shan is the only active pilgrimage site for Roman Catholics in China.

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