Learn more about Chinese culture and language at Wellington City Libraries and Community Spaces during New Zealand Chinese Language Week! Experience Chinese culture with our programme of free events, including brilliant dance and music performances.
Chinese language lesson, Central Library 12:00-1:00 pm, 16 October
Here’s your perfect opportunity to learn Chinese from an indigenous speaker at the Central Library. You will learn basic communication words and essential greetings and phrases. Plus, you will receive the librarian’s recommended books and resources for you to continue your language journey after the class.
Central library tour in Mandarin, Central Library: 12:00-1:00 pm, 19 October
Situated in the heart of the city, Wellington Central Library is also a hub of knowledge and local information. Join our library tour in Mandarin (bookings are essential) and discover the wide range of services in Chinese — including books, magazines and DVDs — and see what’s available online through our library website (eBooks and newspapers in Chinese!). Please call the information desk on 801-4068 or 801-4083 (Chinese) to book.
Read Chinese magazines online with Wellington City Libraries DragonSource database
Central Library: 1:00-2:00 pm, 19 October
Come to the Central Library and see a demo of how to access some of the most popular Chinese magazines on big screen, laptop or your own digital device! Phoenix Weekly, Readers, San Lian life magazine, and many more are available to access with your library card.
Dance, martial arts, calligraphy and music instrument performance, Central Library: 11:00am-12:00 pm, 21 October, by China Culture Centre of New Zealand and New Zealand Chinese Culture & Art Association
Enjoy a snapshot of Chinese culture and history through artistically presented dance, music, songs, martial arts, and calligraphy performances. A wonderful show all will enjoy!
Dance and music performance, Central Library: 4:00-4:30 pm, 21 October,by Wellington Chinese Language School
1. Shepard’s song, band performance 2. Dance: The three characters. 3. Contemporary dance, Runnin’ (Lose it all). 4. Chrysanthemum stage, band performance 5. Shearer’s dance 6. Chrysanthemum’s Story dance
Chinese Story Times for Children
Come along to storytime in Mandarin! (Times below)
Chinese (Mandarin) story times, Central Library: 10:30-11:00 am, 19 October,
Chinese (Mandarin) story times, Karori Library: 11:15-11:45 am, 19 October, by Cicada Creative Space and the library
Chinese (Mandarin) story times, Johnsonville Library: 10:30-11:00 am, 20 October,
Free Chinese character colouring pages will be available at all libraries and community centres during New Zealand Chinese Language Week.
Read Chinese newspapers and books online
Don’t forget you can celebrate from home and test your Chinese language skills by reading the latest Chinese language newspapers online via PressReader and New York Times (Chinese language version). If you’d rather enjoy a novel, you can download or read Chinese eBooks via Overdrive. All for free with your library card!