Friday, October 09, 2009

BIG BOARD OF XIANGQI HAS BEEN A BIG ATTRACTION AT FRANKFURT FESTVAL

More than 3 Million visitors have attended the "Festival of the Riverboard of the Museums Frankfurt 2009" from August 28th to August 30th, 2009 in Germany. And one point of attraction has been the tent of XiangQi that has stratigally been located close to the southern gate of the Chinese Market.

In particular the kids have been thrilled by the big coloured board of Chinese Chess with red and black figurine pieces. They loved to play with the chariots and elephants and cannons that have been hand-made by German journalist and XiangQi-enthusiast Dr. René Gralla from Hamburg, Germany. After making their first steps on the board of XiangQi many parents had difficulties to convince their girls and boys that now it was time to leave for enjoying the other attractions on the Chinese Market.

"Where can we buy that board and those pieces?", that has been the question that was often posed to Dr. René Gralla. The free-lance author had organised the presentation of Chinese Chess at the Frankfurt Festival together with Mrs. Hefei Huang and her husband Dieter Ziethen from the Chinese Publishing House and Chinese Language School Huang at Groebenzell near Munich in Southern Germany.

The beleagured point of XiangQi at the Frankfurt Festival has been the first time that promotion of XiangQi has been realised on a popular festival on that big scale. "That has been the ideal occasion of reaching many people directly", concludes Dr. René Gralla after the weekend of promoting XiangQi at Frankfurt. And it has turned out that the big board of Chinese Chess plus figurine pieces has worked very well to attract the public - not only long-nosed European visitors, but many Asian tourists as well who loved to take photos of that installation.

"We are living in the age of video clips and optics, therefore XiangQi should react to that. If we want to make in-roads into the gaming scene of Europe, North America and Latin America, then we need modern sets of XiangQi that transform the beauty of Chinese Chess into animated scenarios in 3d", that is the conviction of Dr. René Gralla. He looks forward to phone calls by toy companies that are interested in producing Dr. Gralla's prototype of Chinese Chess. The kids and parents who have had their first encounter with Chinese Chess at Frankfurt are waiting as well.
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Herewith the explanation of the photos that have been taken by Mr. Christoph Harder:

- PICT0076.jpg: Dieter Ziethen of the Huang Publishing House from Groebenzell (near Munich) teaching XiangQi at Frankfurt Festival by the help of Dr. Gralla's hand-made board of Chinese Chess.

- PICT0079.jpg: Southern entrance of the Chinese Market at Frankfurt Festival 2009; the tent of XiangQi has been very close to that gate.



- PICT0081.jpg: Dieter Ziethen of the Huang Publishing House from Groebenzell (near Munich) teaching XiangQi at Frankfurt Festival by the help of Dr. Gralla's hand-made board of Chinese Chess.









- PICT0082.jpg: Kids loved to play XiangQi with figurine pieces at Frankfurt Festival. Creator Dr. René Gralla(center, wearing a blue t-shirt) looks on.










- PICT0087.jpg: Dieter Ziethen of the Huang Publishing House from Groebenzell (near Munich) teaching XiangQi at Frankfurt Festival by the help of Dr. Gralla's hand-made board of Chinese Chess.

- PICT0096.jpg: River front of River Main at "Festival of the Riverboard of the Museums Frankfurt 2009".

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