CHINARE, the Reminiscence of the Antarctic -- the World We Want The CHINARE Event 2016

The event “CHINARE, the Reminiscence of the Antarctic -- the World We Want”, hosted by the Antarctic Forum, was held on October 16, 2016 in Shanghai, marking the third anniversary of the arrival of “the Antarctic Forum” on the Antarctic continent. 150 members of the Antarctic Forum and people from all over the world who stay updated with “the Forum” visited Polar Science Museum, which is located at China’s Polar Research Center and the “CHINARE” moored at the special dock for the Chinese Polar Research Expedition.


Clumsy emperor penguins, rounded seals, cunning skuas, Antarctic stones, and snow dragon models with a proportion of 1 to 100... The museum boasts more than 300 precious photos, 36 polar specimen of three categories, 26 polar expedition equipments of four categories, 328 various souvenirs of five categories. The staff introduced the basic information of the polar environment and presented the process and results of the polar exploration , which totally amazed the visitors.


The Snow Dragon is China's third-generation polar icebreaker and scientific research vessel. It is 167 meters long, 22.6 meters wide, 13.5 meters deep and 9 meters draught. It is also the only ship in China that can break the ice and bust through in the polar regions. The vessel is cold tolerant and can continuously break through the 1.2-meter-thick ice layer (including 0.2 m snow) at the speed of 1.5 knots.


At noon, Antarctic Forum made an online interaction with Great Wall Station and Zhongshan Station. It was 1 a.m in Antarctica and the outdoor temperature was minus six degrees Celsius. 4 expedition members of Great Wall Station and 18 members of Zhongshan Station respectively introduced the current situation of expedition in Antarctica and participated in Antarctic Forum.


The dialogue session of the forum focused on "The World We Want", which shared the common concepts and emotions of paying attention to Antarctica and how China benefit human beings and reflected the harmony between Chinese dream and the world dream on the other side of the earth and human thought.


Guests presented at the forum includes former deputy secretary of the CPC Shanghai municipal committee and director of the standing committee of the 12th Shanghai People's Congress Gong Xueping, deputy director of the 13th Shanghai People's Congress Standing Committee and former mayor of Shanghai Pudong New Area Hu Wei, former chairman of China Merchants Group and former chairman of China Merchants Bank Qin Xiao, vice chairman of China Writers Association Liu Heng, deputy secretary-general of China International Cultural Exchange Center Wang Xuejun, director of China Polar Research Center Yang Huigen, director of Lamont-Doherty Center for earth observation of Columbia University Arthur Lerner-Lam, chairman of UBS Securities Board He Di and executive secretary of Antarctic Forum Cai Yutian.


Mayor of Shanghai Yang Xiong took a special trip to Shanghai to attend the event and met with Qin Xiao, He Di and Wang Xuejun.


Deputy director of Standing Committee of Shanghai People's Congress and secretary of the party committee of Shanghai Jiaotong University Jiang Sixian took a special trip to Shanghai to attend the event and met with director of Earth Center in Columbia University Arthur Lerner-Lam.