"The First Person of China-Slovenia Exchange" -- A.Hallerstein—Liu Songling Public Publishing News Conference Kicks off

[Source]    Division of Confucius Institute Affairs [Time]    2010-07-01 15:59:00 

22 June, 2010, 6:30 pm, as the key activity of the Ljubljana Confucius Institute in Slovenia, public publishing news conference for the book, A.Hallerstein—Liu Songling, was kicked off in the central art museum of Ljubljana.

Near 100 people, including Yang Jianzhong, counselor of the Chinese Embassy to Slovenia, officials from the Slovenia Education Ministry, the State Archives, government officials of Maribol, local sinologists, news media staff and other people from all walks of the society, took part in the news conference.

Yang Jianzhong, counsellor of the Chinese Embassy to Slovenia (middle) in the news conference

As an astronomer and a missionary in Slovenia, Augustim de Hallerstein is called the first person for the Sino-Slovenia exchange as well as 'Marco Polo' in Slovenia. He came to China at early years of Qianlong's reign in Qing Dynasty and served as director of the Directorate of Astronomy for 28 years. During his stay in China, he presided over the design and manufacture of the Celestial Globe and the "Elaborate Equatorial Armillary Sphere" made in 1754 is still displayed on Beijing's Ancient Observatory. For various reasons, the research of Augustim de Hallerstein wasn't given deserved attention. With the great support of the State Archives of Slovenia and the municipal government of Maribol, the local sinologist Wishart presided over the writing of the huge works through years of research, which had been sponsored by the EU cultural programme.

Counsellor Yang Jianzhong expressed his congratulation to the publishing of the book, hoping to take this opportunity to further enhance the cultural exchange between the two countries and promote the mutual understanding and cooperation of the two nation's people.

Cover of the EU cultural program A.Hallerstein—Liu Songling

Leaders from the State Archives and State Library of Slovenia are present at the new conference with the sinologist Wishart (left)