New Zealand Chinese Language Week

Come and celebrate New Zealand Chinese Language Week with Christchurch City Libraries.

New Zealand Chinese Language Week was officially launched by Raymond Huo (Labour Party List MP) on 24 May 2014 at the National Conference of the New Zealand China Friendship Society. The week has a focus on strengthening business between the two countries, with many events taking place around New Zealand. New Zealand Chinese Language Week 2019 is on from 22 to 28 September.

2019 celebrations at Christchurch City Libraries

Are you interested in learning Chinese language and culture? Come along to the cultural events taking place throughout the week.

Chinese Immersion Day Saturday 21 September 2pm to 5pm

Join us for a fun filled afternoon of traditional Chinese culture. In conjunction with The Confucius Institute and NZ Chinese Language Teachers Association. Free, no bookings required.
Tautoru | TSB Space Hapori, Level 1, Tūranga.

Chinese Language and Culture appreciation workshops Monday 23 September, Wednesday 25 September, and Thursday 26 September 3.30pm to 5pm

Learn basic Chinese phrases and numbers, familiarise yourself with China's cities and types of cuisines, play mah-jong, practise calligraphy, and even listen to some traditional Chinese music. Free, no bookings required. Linwood Library at Eastgate.

Storytimes Tuesday 24 September 10.30am to 11am

Come along to this special themed storytimes session with Chinese songs and rhymes.

Chinese taster class Saturday 28 September 10am to 11am

Join us for an interactive session using basic Mandarin Chinese for adults. Free, phone 9417923 or email to make a booking.

Introduction to Mah-jong session Saturday 28 September 10am to 11am

Come along and join us for this introduction to the game Mah-jong. Free, phone 9417923 or email to make a booking.

There is an exhibition at Upper Riccarton Library:

A Pioneer of Chinese Cuisine in Christchurch: a photographic exhibition of Chung Wah Restaurant (21 September to 5 October)

This is our second photographic exhibition celebrating the history of an iconic Christchurch restaurant. In this exhibition follow the life story of Toi Yee Chan from Tai Shan China to Christchurch New Zealand where he opened the biggest Chinese restaurant in New Zealand in 1984.

Read Anna's blog posts:

View events in the calendar.

Read Hong's post: Speaking Chinese with the aid of pinyin.

More Chinese events at libraries

Browse our events and classes in Chinese, including:

  • Chinese ESOL Club for Beginners華人英語學習俱樂部 (基礎英文)
  • Chinese ESOL Club for Intermediate華人英語學習俱樂部 (口語會話)
  • Technology help
  • Bilingual English / Mandarin wā pēpi babytimes
  • Chinese book club.


Chinese language resources

Welcome to Christchurch City Libraries. We have resources in Chinese for you and your family and friends. Join the library, it’s free. 欢迎您加入基督城市图书馆。我们为您,您的家庭和朋友提供免费中文资源。

The Chinese language has a reputation for being one of the most difficult languages in the world to master. If you have learned Chinese, you can talk with nearly 1.2 billion people, which is around 16% of the world’s population. There are a number of dialects of Chinese spoken such as Cantonese, with Mandarin being the "standard" dialect.


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