Opportunities to understand China, Chinese culture and Chinatown

China Exchange to receive funding from the GLA’s Untold Stories programme

China Exchange to receive funding from the GLA’s Untold Stories programme More visitors will have the chance to learn about Chinatown’s heritage following support from GLA’s Untold Stories programme. The new project will result in stories available online that visitors can access from QR codes displayed in Gerrard Street. The funding is part of the […]

Give an experience and support Chinatown this Christmas

Gift vouchers are available for our popular Chinatown Stories community-led walking tours. 

Give someone you care about a special experience – a place on the unique Chinatown Stories community led walking tour. The 2.5 hour experience is guided by one of our specially trained History Champions – a skilled volunteer who loves to share the stories, histories and experiences of Chinatown.

A Summer Celebration of Chinatown Heritage

During summer 2018, China Exchange is leading a Summer Celebration of Chinatown Heritage, an extensive new project to share the reasons why our neighbourhood is so special. 

Hidden in Plain View: Wallpapers in Britain & Ireland

How did Chinese wallpaper influence the history of British interiors? National Trust expert Emile de Bruijn explored this topic in detail from Chinese bird and flower designs to landscapes to daily life scenes. This talk focused on how these very traditional images were adapted for the western palate. Symbolism is abundant in Chinese art and […]

Film Club – Youth 芳华

China Exchange held its second film screening on 2 May following A Simple Life with Roger Lee in March. With a turnout of over a 100 audience members, our prudential hall was bustling with anticipation as the lights lowered to showcase Youth 芳华, the latest work directed by Feng Xiaogang. Set in the backdrop of […]

Stories Told in Chinese Painting

Painting is a significant part of cultural heritage in China, taking not just inspiration from the natural world, but also from literature and writing.  Yet for those unfamiliar with Chinese literary epics and writings, these meanings are often lost. In this lecture Dr Malcolm McNeill, Chinese Paintings Specialist at Christie’s auction house, de-mystified the link […]

Great Chinese Trees

Tony Kirkham, head of Arboretum at the Kew Royal Botanic Gardens, led us on an adventurous evening filled with treetop tales. Throughout his talk on “Great Chinese Trees”, Tony shared anecdotes of his plant hunting travels across China – following the footsteps of arguably the most influential plant hunter to have lived, Ernest ‘Chinese’ Wilson; and the stories behind his many favourite trees!

Niall Ferguson

Niall Ferguson at China Exchange

Professor Niall Ferguson covered his “killer Apps” from his book, Civilisation, that sought to explain why after 1600 did the West become so much richer, healthier and more powerful than everywhere else.