Friday, 27 February 2015

2015 Tour of Japan and China

Tour of Japan and China:

William is visiting Japan (February 26 to March 1) and China (March 1 to March 4) undertaking official duties on behalf of the Queen. The focus of the trip is to promote UK-Japan/China relations, cultural exchange & combat the illegal wildlife trade and support wildlife conservation. This is William's first trip to either country. Catherine and George are staying at home, as Catherine is 7 1/2 months pregnant.

Official Count of Tour Engagements: 16 in Japan & 20 in China

Message for Chinese New Year

Japan: (16)

Thursday 26th February - Tokyo 
  • Arrived at Haneda Tokyo Airport and was received by Her Majesty's Ambassador to Japan (His Excellency Mr. Timothy Hitchens).
  • Speedboat tour of 2020 Tokyo Olympic sites
    • accompanied by the Governor of Tokyo (Mr. Yoichi Mazuzoe)
  • Traditional Tea Ceremony
    • at the Hama-rikyu Gardens

Friday 27th February - Tokyo/ Yokohama
  • Hodogaya Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery  - Yokohama
    • Lay Wreath 
  • Luncheon with The Emperor and Empress of Japan at the Imperial Palace.
  • Innovation is Great campaign launch at Mori Academy, Roppongi Hills
  • Visited The Crown Prince and Princess at Akasaka Palace.
  • Reception at the British Embassy

Saturday February 28th - Tokyo/ Tohuku region/ Koriyama
  • Visit NHK, public service broadcaster
  • Launch exhibition for the Innovation is GREAT campaign
  • His Royal Highness later visited Smile Kids Park, Fukishima Prefecture, and was received by Shinzo Abe (Prime Minister of Japan).
    • The region Fukushima was devastated by a magnitude 9 earthquake and tsunami in 2011
  •  Dinner given by the Prime Minister of Japan
Sunday March 1st - Ishinomaki
  • visited Ishinomaki NewSea building, Ishinomaki.
    • Meet locals affected by disaster
    • Meet local news paper editors who started Children' News Paper 
  • Hoyoriyama Hill Vantage Point, Ishinomaki, in remembrance of the tsunami victims.
    • laid a commemorative flower arrangement
  • Visit town of Onagawa
    • Ring Chime of Hope
    • Visit Shopkeepers and residences
  • Visited Matsushima Airbase in Miyagi Prefecture.

China: (20)

Sunday March 1st - Beijing
  • arrived at Beijing International Airport and was received by Her Majesty's Ambassador to the People's Republic of China (Her Excellency Ms. Barbara Woodward)

 Monday, 2nd March - Shijia Hutong/ Shanghai
  • Received by The President of the People's Republic of China at the Great Hall of the People, Beijing.
  • Visited the Forbidden City, Beijing.
  • Received the Vice President of the People's Republic of China (Mr. Li Yuanchao) at the Great Hall of the People.
  • Officially open the GREAT Festival of Creativity at Shanghai's Long Museum
    •  1st event of the Year of Cultural Exchange between the UK and China
    • Speech
  • Received Mr. Ma Yun (Founder and Executive Chairman, Alibaba Group)
  • Received Mr. Wang Jianlin (Chairman, Wanda Group).
  • Received Mr. Yuan Yafei (Chairman, Sanpower)
Tuesday, 3rd March -Shanghai
  • Premier Skills event at Nanyang School.
  • Education UK's Alumni Awards Ceremony.
    • Meet nine Chinese finalists
    • Give Opening Remarks
  • Reopened the Heritage Building at the Intercontinental Shanghai Ruijin Hotel.
  • Illegal Wildlife Trafficking Meeting with international non-governmental organizations at the Intercontinental Shanghai Ruijin Hotel.
  • Officially opened the British Centre.
    • meet staff 
  • Chinese Film Premiere of "Paddington" at Shanghai Film Museum.
    • as President of BAFTA, present a special mask to the Shanghai Film Museum
  • Dinner for the GREAT Festival of Creativity at the Long Museum
Wednesday, 4th March -Xishuangbanna, Yunnan Province
  • visited Mengman Village, Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture.
  • visited the Asian Elephant Sanctuary, Xishuangbanna.
  • visited Wild Elephant Valley, Xishuangbanna.
  • visited Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Gardens.
  • attended the Conservation on the Border Conference at Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Gardens.