The Russian-Chinese joint space philately exhibition was held in Beijing since March 24 till March 30, 2011.
The event was devoted to the 50th Anniversary of the first manned space flight and the 55th Anniversary of the Chinese space industry.
The exhibition was organized by:
the Russian Federal Space Agency;
the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (中國航天科技集團公司) (CASC);
the Russian Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States, Compatriots Living Abroad and International Humanitarian Cooperation;
the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries;
China Aerospace Philatelist Association; the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT) (中国运载火箭技术研究院);
China Space News.
The exhibition was supported by Russian Embassy in China and All-China Philatelic Federation.
The opening ceremony took place in Russian Cultural Centre in Beijing on March 24.
The symbolic ribbon was cut by (from left to right) Liu Jiawei, Vice President and Secretary General of All-China Philatelic Federation; Russian cosmonaut Gennadiy Padalka; Li Jianping, Deputy-Chairman of Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries; Yevgeniy Tomikhin, Counsillor-envoy of the Russian Embassy in China; Li Jinsheng, Deputy General Director of China Aerospace Science & Technology Corporation (CASC); Sun Jiadong, Main Designer of the first China’s satellite; Igor Rodin, Chairman of the FIP Section for Astrophilately.
It was a non-competitive exhibition. 21 exhibits were at the Exhibition. 12 of them were Astrophilately exhibits.
In Russian Cultural Centre (from left to right) - Russian cosmonaut Gennadiy Padalka; Sun Jiadong, Main Designer of the first China’s satellite; Aleksandr Rodin, the Head of Representative Office of Russian Space Agency in China; Yuri Meteljov, Director of the Russian Cultural Centre; Igor Rodin, Chairman of the FIP Section for Astrophilately.
On March 26, 2011 the first part of the Seminar on Astrophilately was held in the Russian Cultural Centre in Beijing in the frames of the exhibition. The Seminar was conducted by Igor Rodin. Astrophilately-collectors from different Chinese provinces came to the event.
The Seminar was held near Exhibition's frames. Igor Rodin told about FIP SREV and Guidelines for Astrophilately and explained how to build an Astrophilatelic exhibit. In the exhibition’s hall there were both Astrophilately exhibits and Space Thematic exhibit. So, there was a good chance to talk about appropriate material for an Astrophilately exhibit.
In Russian Cultural Centre the exposition was displayed till March 27.
On March 28 the exposition was moved to China Aerospace Science & Technology Corporation (CASC).
On March 30, 2011 the 2nd part of the Astrophilately Seminar took place at the exhibition’s venue.
Before the Seminar, Russian Space Agency representatives and Igor Rodin had a talk with high-ranking officials of Chinese Space Industry – Fang Xiangming, Vice President of China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (first left); Rui Xiaowu, Vice President of China Aerospace Science & Technology Corporation (second left).
After the brief introduction what Astrophilately means made by Igor Rodin, the participants were offered to see a computer presentation titled "Space Mail and the International Space Station”. This presentation based on photo and video files from Rodin’s archive was made by Igor Rodin and Sergey Rodin.
Then the lecture titled "The History of the development of Soviet/Russian Space Mail” was held by Igor Rodin by using power point presentation. More than 50 illustrations with description were presented to the public.
The seminar was conducted with the great help in translation into Chinese performed by Anna Kuzina, the leading expert-specialist of Russian Federal Space Agency in China. The computer technologies were provided by Sergey Rodin.
An Exhibition’s Award.
Each exhibitor was awarded with such a beautiful souvenir plate in which his name and the title of his exhibit had been written in Chinese.
Much more photos from the exhibition can be seen in this website in photogallery. Please, CLICK HERE.