Australia Day Concert,  World Travellers,  a New Breed & More
Edition 22, January 23, 2015
Ma La Koala - Newsletter of the Australian Consulate-General in Chengdu


Australia Day 2015: Dami Im to Visit Chengdu!

Chengdu will mark Australia Day 2015 with a show by Australian pop sensation Dami Im over the Australia Day weekend. Dami rocketed to prominence with her songs “Alive” and ‘Gladiator’ after winning “X Factor” Australia in 2013. Dami’s third studio album “Heart Beats” debuted in 2014 and became her second top ten album. Dami Im will perform at Lenbach Bar 7:00pm on January 31st. Admission is free.

BMY Cattle: A New Breed of Australia - China Ties

A long-standing collaboration between the Australian Government and the Yunnan Academy of Grassland and Animal Science has led to the creation of a new breed of beef cattle for the Chinese market.  In 1983 work began cross breeding imported Murray Grey cattle with local Yunnan Yellow Cattle, with Australian Brahman Cattle strains introduced later. The research efforts produced a new ‘BMY cattle’ breed which will go to market as ‘Yunling Niu”, meaning ‘beef from the Yunnan plateau’.

Widely considered the most successful example of animal husbandry between China and an international partner, the creation of the BMY breed follows over 20 years of close cooperation, including a 1988 visit by then Ambassador David Sadlier (pictured below). Around 50 Australian experts have visited China to facilitate the co-operation. In 2015, cooperation will continue with Austrade supporting the participation of Academy Director Huang Bizhi in the Beef Australia Conference to be held in Rockhampton from the 4-9 May 2015.

Coffee Culture: Flat Whites in the Southwest

Destination NSW has brought the Aussie Flat White to Southwest China. A pop-up Sydney lifestyle store introduced Chengdu to the iconic Sydney beverage, as well as travel options and premium wines available in Australians most populous state. China World Barista Championship winner, and Chengdu local, Gan Shiling used premium A2 fresh milk flown in direct from Sydney to create an authentic experience. Allan Yang of Destination NSW said it was “the best cup of coffee in Chengdu” and “a taste of the premium travel and products that New South Wales provides”.  Flat white fans who would like a taste of the real thing can find them for sale at The Arthouse in Chengdu and Great Australian Bite in Kunming.

Halfway Round the World 

Ziggy King and Joel Liddicoat (below) love Chengdu’s warm weather: The pair have hit the summer stretch of their 25,000 kilometre bicycle trip from Germany to Australia. The Adelaide natives found themselves in Chengdu having followed the ancient Silk Road into China from frozen Central Asia. With 15,000kms of cycling behind him, Joel is awestruck by China. “The roads are so good!” he said, “Chinese people are always interested in what we are doing and where we are going”.

The pair enjoyed several days in Chengdu living with a local bike shop owner and relaxing with a long cycling tour of Chengdu’s Longquan Lake. They aim to reach Australia by the end of the year. In the meantime, Ziggy said he had some more immediate plans. “We want to celebrate Australia Day in Kunming” he said, “Australia is home after all!”. Follow their adventures here

In Interview: Education Commisioner Eliza Chui

Austrade Education Commissioner Eliza Chui has put voice to the values of an Australian education in an interview with West China Foreign Investor. Eliza said Australian schools emphasise critical thinking that can help students achieve their goals and aspirations. Students in southwest China recently had a taste of the advantages of Australian education during a tour of the Australian Teaching and Learning Showcase. The showcase delivered 46 lectures by 11 Australian university academics at 30 elite high schools and local universities across China, including stops in Chengdu and Chongqing. Read the full interview

Good space for Goodman

Australian property company Goodman Group recently opened its Chengdu Longquan logistics centre in southwest China. Consul-General Nancy Gordon was on hand to open the site, which will become a backbone of economic activity in the region with sister centres in Chongqing and Xi’an. Six Goodman sites in southwest China cover a total of 600,000 square metres. The Sydney-based company is the largest industrial property group listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. A formal opening of a new Chongqing Airport site is set for 2015.

Flying the Flag

Front end staff at the Aowei Hotel in Chongqing bask in the glow of the Sydney Opera House. If you see any examples of Australia making its mark on southwest China, drop us a line
What’s Up Down Under? 

Organised by Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: from the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, now showing at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, features more than 140 superbly crafted garments by the French couturier. From his first dress he created in 1971 to his latest couture and ready-to-wear collections, this exhibition includes some of Jean Paul Gaultier’s finest work including costumes worn by Kylie Minogue and Beyoncé as well as haute couture dresses worn by Australian actress Nicole Kidman. Learn more
Upcoming Events

January 26
Australia Day

January 31
Dami Im Australia Day performance. Lenbach Beerhouse,  No.7 Shuijinjie, No. 1 Jinguan St, Jinjiang District, Chengdu.

January 9 - 31
AFC cup held in venues across Australia.

February 27
Aussie Bar Night, The Keg King, 2F Raffles City, No. 3, Section 4, South Remin Road, Wuhou District, Chengdu.
小吃   Little Bites

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