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superjohn
Posted: Mon Apr 02, 2012 12:52 am Reply with quote
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Lief Johansson, the Chairman of Ericsson, looks like a big guy. Just compare his height when he was standing next to Yao Ming.
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buzzku
Posted: Wed Apr 04, 2012 7:37 am Reply with quote
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pryuen wrote:

People/fans in China had been wondering/speculating why Yao Ming had to apply for leave of absence from his Shanghai Jiaotong University studies and went back to Houston.

[b]I think I have found out the REASON WHY.

It was for both PRIVATE and DIPLOMATIC reason.[/b]


We all remembered that back in December 2011, Yao Ming was appointed Vice Chairman and Honorary Ambassador of the newly established Shanghai Public Diplomacy Association, a pseudo-governmental unit under the Shanghai Committee of Chinese People’s Political Consultation Conference, which aims to do alot of public diplomacy work to promote the Shanghai municipality to the world.

http://www.yaomingmania.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=405782#405782

A Shanghai delegation comprised of members from the Information Office of Shanghai Municipality and the Shanghai Public Diplomacy Association is currently visiting their sister cities of Chicago and Houston in the United States.

On March 22, the Information Office of Shanghai Municipality and Houston Chief Development Office signed the Memorandum of Exchange and Braodcast Promotional Videos in Houston City Hall.







And on that night, the relevant people from the delegation including Yao Ming and his family were invited to a reception thrown by Xu Erwen, Consul General of the People's Republic of China in Houston.



So possibly Yao Ming went back to Houston as a member of the Shanghai delegation to be present in all the above activities.

Also since his parents and his daughter Amy had been staying in Houston for the past few months, he and Ye Li could just make use of this opportunity to go back and spend some time with Amy there.
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http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90782/7766844.html

Shanghai Boosts Image
in U.S. Sister-Cities


By Huang Wei

March 23, 2012


Project of exchanging and broadcasting city image videos openes a new model of international inter-city exchange

On March 22th local time, the images of the Bund, Lujiazui, Xintiandi and other iconic landmarks of Shanghai appeared on the electronic screen of a visitors' center in Houston, United States, capturing the attention of passers-by. Meanwhile, the electronic screen at George R. Brown Convention Center, a public television channel and two mainstream websites (www.globalhouston.org and www.houstontx.gov/intltrade) simultaneously broadcasted the Shanghai promotional video.

Since Shanghai and Houston signed a Memorandum of Cooperation on April 1, 2005, the two cities have jointly carried out projects in various fields including the economy, trade, technology and medicine.

Recently the two cities started the cooperation in cities' image communication. Information Office of Shanghai Municipality and Shanghai Public Diplomacy Association have consulted and reached agreement with relevant departments in Houston.

The Information Office of Shanghai Municipality and Houston Chief Development Office signed the Memorandum of Exchange and Broadcast Promotional Videos in Houston City Hall in the morning of March 22. Under the agreement, Shanghai will also broadcast Houston's promotional video on electronic screens in Xintiandi and Xujiahui Stadium. The video will be also broadcasted on the International Channel Shanghai and two websites (www.eastday.com and official website of Information Office of Shanghai Municipality,www.shio.gov.cn) and will last for a period of six months based on the principle of reciprocity.

Shanghai’s delegation also signed another Memorandum of Cross Promotion with Chicago city On March 21 in Chicago, United States. According to the agreement, the two cities will exchange and broadcast each other's videos via various multimedia channels including electronic screens and television media started from May this year.

It is reported that Information Office of Shanghai Municipality will continue to work with Shanghai Public Diplomacy Association to actively explore and expand this new model of global intercity exchange.


hahaha *We all remembered* are you a teacher wannabe pry?
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pryuen
Posted: Thu Apr 05, 2012 9:07 pm Reply with quote
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So the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference had come to a successful closure on April 4.

But Yao Ming stayed behind, and was in Sanya yesterday.

He was seen at the Grand Opening of Hainan Rendez-vous (HRV),
China’s leading luxury car, super yacht and business jet show, that will be held on April 5th-8th 2012.

This is the third edition of the Hainan Rendezcous. Over 230 exhibitors, both international and domestic, enrolled for this 4-day event which had proven to be an unforgettable experience of intensive networking, fabulous entertainment, big ticket shopping and lifestyle discovery.

All luxury brands of cars, yachts, superyachts, business jets, jewelry and wines were there for the event dotted with eye-catching car models and sexy bikini girls.


Here is a list of the exhibitors at the show, and tons of photos I managed to scoop over the Internet.

http://hainanrendezvous.com/en/exhibitors































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pryuen
Posted: Thu Apr 05, 2012 9:28 pm Reply with quote
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Yao Ming was not there at the 2012 Hainan Rendezvous to shop around for his car, or his yacht or his business jet, or for watching beautiful and sexy car models and bikini girls.

He was there for a mission. He was there as a travelling salesman to promote his Yao Family Wines.

Pernod Ricard (China), Yao Family Wines sole and exclusive importer and distributor, was one of the many sponsors of 2012 Hainan Rendezvous.

So Big Yao just made full use of this opportunity to be there to tour the exhibition, do some networking/socializing activities with the many millionaires/billionaires at the exhibition, as well as promoting his wine.

He was seen here last night in a gala dinner where Yao Family Wine was on the wine list and served during dinner.

And this afternoon (April 6), there will be a specific luncheon thrown for selective celebrities/multi-millionaires for trying/tasting Yao's Cabernet Sauvignon 2009.

I'll see if any news coverage/photos from that luncheon available in the news/Internet later.
























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pryuen
Posted: Fri Apr 06, 2012 12:11 am Reply with quote
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pryuen wrote:


And this afternoon (April 6), there will be a specific luncheon thrown for selective celebrities/multi-millionaires for trying/tasting Yao's Cabernet Sauvignon 2009.

I'll see if any news coverage/photos from that luncheon available in the news/Internet later.


It seemed like Yao Ming left it to his team, and did not appear in that luncheon specially arranged for selective celebrities/multi-millionaires, and he left Sanya around 12:30 pm time for Guangzhou.

He had another event that he MUST show up tonight in Dongguan.

2 photos of him boarding a China Southern Airlines plane at the Sanya Phoenix International Airport.




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pryuen
Posted: Sat Apr 07, 2012 4:41 pm Reply with quote
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pryuen wrote:
He had another event that he MUST show up tonight in Dongguan.



And that event was Yao Ming had to attend the retirement ceremony of his long term national team mate Du Feng.

After a glorious 14 year CBA career, Du Feng is officially retiring, after winning 7 CBA championship rings. He is to take up as the assistant coach for interior players for the national team for this summer's 2012 London Olympic.

So on April 6, there was this ceremony held in Dongguan where the Guangdong team played a 30-minute exhibition game with Du Feng's selected friends, all national team mates or CBA stars.


Mengke Bateer was the head coach while Yao Ming was the assistant coach for the Du Feng's Buddies.

Here are some photos at the event.
























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buzzku
Posted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 12:22 pm Reply with quote
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pryuen wrote:
pryuen wrote:
He had another event that he MUST show up tonight in Dongguan.



And that event was Yao Ming had to attend the retirement ceremony of his long term national team mate Du Feng.

After a glorious 14 year CBA career, Du Feng is officially retiring, after winning 7 CBA championship rings. He is to take up as the assistant coach for interior players for the national team for this summer's 2012 London Olympic.

So on April 6, there was this ceremony held in Dongguan where the Guangdong team played a 30-minute exhibition game with Du Feng's selected friends, all national team mates or CBA stars.


Mengke Bateer was the head coach while Yao Ming was the assistant coach for the Du Feng's Buddies.

Here are some photos at the event.


























lmao wang zi zi this guy still balling? hahaha
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pryuen
Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 8:34 am Reply with quote
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It is the Olympic Year.

Also the 2012 Formula One Chinese Grand Prix will be held in Shanghai from April 13 ~ 15.


Jeremy Hunt, the UK Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media, and Sport, in Britain's worldwide launching roadshow of its GREAT campaign to promote the 2012 London Olympics was with his delegation in Shanghai.

Last night (Wednesday, April 11), the British Consulate-General Shanghai organized a charity gala dinner on a cruise boat Oriental Pearl touring the Huangpu River, launching the GREAT campaign.

http://ukinnl.fco.gov.uk/en/news/?view=News&id=752000582

The cruise was attended by local celebrities and 150 business and political guests, including Zhao Wen, Deputy Mayor of Shanghai (in charge of sports), Sebastian Wood, UK Ambassador to People's Republic of China , and Lewis Hamilton of McLaren race team, the 2008 F1 World Champion.

Yao Ming and Ye Li also attended the charity gala dinner, probably in his capacity as the Deputy Chairman of the Shanghai Public Diplomacy Association, or simply, the icon of Chinese sports.


Here are photos of Yao Ming arriving at the gala dinner, greeting and casually chatting with Lewis Hamilton.

























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nig1
Posted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 12:42 pm Reply with quote
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damn, pryuen..the pet name u gave yao sure does fit him. BIG YAO! Dude let himself go, fat and out of shape smh. With all that free time being retired, he could sure go on the treadmill more often..early 30's and early signs of obesity, not a good role model for young kids.

This post was brought to u by mcdonald's chicken nuggets.
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Dr. No
Posted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 1:15 pm Reply with quote
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Yao is heavier than when he was a NBAers, as do 95% of the retired ballers.
    Michael Jordan,
    Jerry West,
    Charles Barkley,
    Magic Johnson,
    Shaq O'Neil
    Karl Malone
    Jerry Sloan
    Patrick Ewing
    John Stark
    Hakeem Olajuwan
    Avidas Sabonis
    Jamal Wilkes
    James Worthy
the only retired baller who hasn't gained weight is the string bean Reggie Miller

anyway, the heavier Yao is not fat; this porker, Han Dejun of China's national team, is fat

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