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PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2009 6:53 pm
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Yao Ming had arrived Los Angeles the morning of December 30 (US time).

He joined the rehearsal of the Rose Parade in Pasadena yesteday (December 31) together with Jackie Chan.


He admitted that due to his foot injury, and the long duration of the parade, he could find it difficult to climb up the high float and participate in the parade. The organizing committee was still having meeting on how to resolve the issues, and safeguard absolute safety of him.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 01, 2010 5:31 pm
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Well, The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.....

It turned out Yao Ming could just stay behind to watch the TV live broadcast of the parade; he did not participate in the actual parade together with Jackie Chan, as the float was too high for him to climb on....


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http://english.cri.cn/6909/2010/01/01/1781s539490.htm

Chinese Floats to Make Debut
on New Year's Day Rose Parade


Two Chinese floats were previewed by judges from Pasadena Tournament of Roses Thursday before making their debut on New Year's Day at rose parade in Pasadena, California, the biggest New Year celebration on America's west coast.

The preview was highlighted by the appearances of Jackie Chan, one of the most popular film personalities in the world who has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and Yao Ming, one of the most popular basketball players who plays for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association.

Jackie Chan and Yao Ming came to Los Angeles to promote the Shanghai 2010 World Expo float, which is the first float ever made to appear at the Pasadena Rose Parade in the history of the World Expo.


Yao Ming, who is still on walking sticks, told reporters besides the float that he is not sure whether he could stand on the World Expo float on the New Year's Day because of his injury, but he was excited to be here to promote the Shanghai World Expo float and hoped that the Shanghai World Expo float would attract more Americans to the expo.

Jackie Chan seemed very active during the preview. He actually played the role as a director to direct performers at the float to draw more attention of the judges to their float.

He said he hoped that the American people would like the World Expo float and the Chinese culture. He also wished that the world would be more peaceful and harmonious in the New Year.

While the judges were previewing the float, 135 performers, most of them children, performed Chinese dances. Several groups of children were on roller skates carrying banners of the Shanghai World Expo.

The float, sponsored by the local Chinese community in Southern California, features the theme of the Expo, Chinese traditions and hallmarks of a modern Shanghai.

It displays the logo and mascot of the Expo, lots of red color, treasured by Chinese because of its symbolic value, and modern landmark buildings in Shanghai.

The 16.8-meter-long, 5.5-meter-wide and 13.7-meter-high float has been built with 350,000 dollars donated by the local Chinese community. It is festooned with over 100,000 fresh flowers.


The 121st Pasadena Rose Parade, with its theme of "A Cut above the Rest," is expected to draw more than one million visitors to Pasadena with its exquisite formations and entertaining displays. Live TV coverage of the parade will make it possible for people in more than 40 countries to watch the event.

English letters of the theme of the Shanghai Expo of "Better City, Better Life" have been placed at the front of the float to promote the expo.

Zhang Yun, Chinese Consul General in Los Angeles, told Xinhua that he was surprised to see the float which is so beautiful, so attractive.

He said he is confident that the float will help Americans better understand the Shanghai Expo and the City of Shanghai. It will also help the American people to better understand the Chinese culture.

Zhang said the performances by the Chinese children are also excellent which will show the rich and colorful culture of China.

The Shanghai World Expo will be held from May through October in 2010, with a total of more than 70 million people, half of them foreigners, expected to attend.

Zhang said the float will definitely attract more Americans to the expo.

Besides the Shanghai World Expo float, there is another float from China to feature the Rose Parade. "Dance with the Terra Cotta Warriors" is a float co-sponsored by Shanxi Province and Phoenix Satellite TV in North America.

It is the first time in the 121-year history of the Pasadena Rose Parade with two Chinese floats.

The Shanxi float features the Terra Cotta Warriors, the pagoda and pavilion to demonstrate the culture of Xi'an. Over 50 dancers from Xi'an came to perform ancient Chinese dances during the two-hour parade along the float.


A total of 40 floats will participate in the New Year's Day parade, all decorated with fresh flowers. It is the second time China-themed floats will participate in the parade.

A float dedicated to the celebration of the Beijing Olympics took part in the parade on January 1, 2008, making it the first time for a China-themed float to be featured in the New Year Rose Parade pageant.



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 01, 2010 5:42 pm
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A few MORE photos at the Parade........

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 01, 2010 5:45 pm
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http://english.cri.cn/6909/2010/01/01/1781s539490.htm

Chinese Floats to Make Debut
on New Year's Day Rose Parade


[b]The preview was highlighted :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: by the appearances of Jackie Chan :
replace highlighted with tarnished / contaminated.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 01, 2010 7:04 pm
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pryuen wrote:
Well, The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.....

It turned out Yao Ming could just stay behind to watch the TV live broadcast of the parade; he did not participate in the actual parade together with Jackie Chan, as the float was too high for him to climb on....




Well, Big Yao was in the live broadcast of KTLA of Los Angeles, received interview, and hard selling/promoting the 2010 Shanghai EXPO to USA and the world.....

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 04, 2010 4:26 am
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On January 2, Yao Ming and Jackie Chan showed up in the Pesadena Hilton Hotel in the official launch of a nationwide Shanghai 2010 EXPO promotional roadshow called The Shanghai Impression ~ Shanghai & Shanghai EXPO. It is a display/exhibit of 120 some selected photos of Shanghai municipality and snapshots of its culture and people.

It is going to be first held in Pesadena, then moved to West Covina on January 4 for a month, and then it will also be held in Boston and New York.

Alot of celebrities and politicians showed up in the launch, including Zhou Wenzhong, Chinese Ambassador to USA, Zhang Yun, Chinese Consulate-General in Los Angeles, Yang Zhenwu, Director of the publicity bureau of CPC Shanghai Municipal Committee, Michael D. Antonovich Supervisor, Los Angeles County ~ Fifth District, Quincy Jones.....etc etc.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 04, 2010 4:39 am
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Photos at the occasion.

Yao Ming was seen here together with Michael D. Antonovich's (Supervisor, Los Angeles County ~ Fifth District) family.

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Zhou Wenzhong ~ Chinese Ambassador to USA
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Zhang Yun ~ Chinese Consulate-General in Los Angeles,
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Yang Zhenwu, Representative of Shanghai Mayor, and Director of the Publicity Bureau of CPC Shanghai Municipal Committee
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 04, 2010 12:43 pm
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JWang07 wrote:
pryuen wrote:
JWang07 wrote:
What's Boxing Day?


December 26, the day after Christmas Day when traditonally, it is the day to open your Christmas presents. 8)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boxing_Day


Oh thanks. I thought the sport of boxing is finally getting popular in China... guess not.


Actually you open your presents on Christmas day... typically in the morning of the 25th. Boxing Day is the 26th; it's when many shops have large discounts on their goods. I'm not sure what the significance of the sales are or what it has to do with Christmas or why it's called Boxing Day (presumably more to do with the boxes in which gifts are held than with punching each other), but that's what it is.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 6:45 am
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Yao Ming FINALLY got rid of his crutches !!! :shock: :P :P :P

[color=darkred]Tonight (January 7), Big Yao for the first time in months got rid of his crutches and appeared in the recording of a Phoenix TV talk show: [b]"The Zhou Libo Show" 壹周


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 10, 2010 7:26 am
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Latest video of Yao Ming shot January 9 (From the background, he was doing a commercial shooting with a group of small kids).

http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/CJkPu7RFOiU/

In the video:

  • For the first time in front of the public, Yao Ming admitted that there will be a new member to his family. He first thanked the good wishes and support of the fans. And he pleaded everyone to give him and his wife some breathing room/space while they rest and prepare for the arrival of their new born.
  • He also clarified the rumor that he can now walk normally without the crutches. He said he could now walk on his own for say 50 meters or so. But if the distance is longer than 50 meters, then per doctor's advice, he should still have to rely on his walking crutches.


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