Confucius Institute at La Trobe University helps to produce the first Chinese language map of Australia

[Source]    Confucius Institute at La Trobe University [Time]    2014-11-27 17:22:56 

The first Chinese language map of Australia, produced by Australian surveying and mapping company Spatial Vision with the assistance of the Confucius Institute at La Trobe University, was released recently. Mr. Song Yumin, Chinese Consul General to Melbourne, Australia, and Leigh Harry, Chief Executive of Tourism Victoria attended and addressed the news conference.

Mr. Song acknowledged the significance of the map in promoting Sino-Australian relations, especially in the development of tourism. He said, “China’s outbound tourists are expected to top 100 million in 2014, and increase to 400 million in the next five years, which will undoubtedly present opportunities for the development of tourism in Australia”. Mr. Harry remarked that China serves as a key market for tourism in the state of Victoria and the Chinese language map of Australia will bring more business opportunities for the tourism sector in Victoria.

At the unveiling ceremony

At the unveiling ceremony

Responding to market demands, Spatial Vision spent a year and a half making their Chinese map of Australia with official government data. In view of the important role of the Confucius Institute at La Trobe University in promoting Sino-Australian communication and Chinese language and Culture, Spatial Vision asked it to help verify and review the geographic names on the map to ensure the quality of translation. In upholding the principal of “integrating into the local community, helping the locals know and understand China, and promoting friendly relations between China and the local community”, teachers of the Confucius Institute at La Trobe University undertook extensive and thorough research, consulted and compared various authoritative sources to ensure that the translations were accurate, consistent and in common use. Using this opportunity, the Confucius Institute at La Trobe University helped other Australian Confucius Institutes setup links with Spatial Vision, which enabled each institute to receive free maps that could be used as both teaching materials and exhibits on display.

The issue of the first Chinese language map of Australia demonstrates the importance of the Chinese language in Australia. Not only will it bolster the development of Australian tourism, but also help Chinese tourists visit and understand Australia, bringing the two nations closer together.


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