also learned to do acupuncture and cupping therapy. He said that he likes to study the philosophy contained in Chin
ese medicine, the balance of yin and yang and the five elements, which is also helpful for practicing tai chi.
Haase has been to many cities in China, including Beijing, Xi’an, Shanghai and Harbin. He found that every city in China has its ow
n characteristics. Haase’s hometown Victoria and Changsha have a longstanding friendship. He has made m
any local friends in Changsha, where also met his tai chi teachers, Chinese medicine teachers and his wife.
Haase thinks the most attractive aspect of Chinese culture is Chinese philosophy and Taoism. He has adapted the slow-pace
d lifestyle described in the Tao Te Ching, a book written by Lao Zi, the founder of Taoism. “The pace of life for mod
ern people is too fast. I think everyone should learn from the Tao Te Ching,” he said.
higher than in previous years,” she said. “Also, the rainy season is supposed to
begin after the May Day holiday, but I haven’t seen a drop of rain so far.”
Data from the National Climate Center shows that the average rainfall from April 1 to May 17 is 35.3 millim
eters, down almost two-thirds from the same period last year, the least recorded rainfall over that period since 1961.
In addition to the drought, the average temperature is 1.9 C higher than average for the period, the highest since 1961.
Chen, the chief forecaster, said that according to the mid- to long-term forecast ra
infall will relieve drought in the eastern part of Yunnan province, though its western part will still be plagued by the drought.
Surveillance from the National Climate Center shows that
drought is also occurring in the Inner Mongolia and Guangxi Zhuang autonomous regions, as well
So far, the pianist has performed all of the 32 Beethoven sonatas more than 50 times.
During the China tour, Buchbinder will also be the conductor besides his role as a soloist.
Founded by Prince Elector Moritz von Sachsen in 1548, the Staat
skapelle Dresden is one of the oldest orchestras in the world and steeped in tradition.
In 2018, Staatskapelle Dresden, which celebrated its 470th anniver
sary, toured China, and it was the seventh cooperation betw
een the orchestra and Wu Promotion, China’s leading music tour promoter, since 2011.
Presenting pieces of German composer, Robert Schumann, the tour attracted nearly 7,000 music fans.
“China has great audiences who are passionate about classical music. There ar
e also many great symphony orchestras in the country, some of which are over 100 years old,” says Buchbinder.