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Why Chinese feel at home in Malta?


Chinese visitors often find themselves feeling at home in Malta for several reasons. Firstly, Malta’s warm and welcoming atmosphere resonates with the hospitality commonly valued in Chinese culture. The friendliness of the Maltese people and their openness to different cultures create a sense of belonging for Chinese travelers.

Additionally, Malta’s rich history and cultural heritage appeal to Chinese tourists who appreciate ancient civilizations and historical landmarks. The island’s architectural marvels, such as the fortified city of Valletta and the ancient temples of Ħaġar Qim, offer a glimpse into Malta’s past, which can be fascinating for visitors from China, a country with its own rich history.

Furthermore, Malta’s picturesque landscapes and Mediterranean climate provide a serene environment conducive to relaxation and enjoyment. Chinese travelers often appreciate the opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and immerse themselves in Malta’s natural beauty.

Moreover, Malta’s increasing connectivity with China, including direct flights and cultural exchanges, has made it easier for Chinese visitors to explore the island and engage with its culture. The presence of Chinese-friendly amenities, such as Chinese-speaking staff and familiar cuisine, further enhances the comfort and convenience of Chinese travelers during their stay in Malta.

Overall, the combination of cultural affinity, historical intrigue, natural beauty, and practical amenities makes Malta a welcoming and familiar destination for Chinese visitors, allowing them to feel at home while experiencing all that the island has to offer.

The establishment of the China Cultural Centre in Malta stemmed from a memorandum of understanding signed between the Governments of the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of Malta in 2001.

As a non-profit cultural organization, the CCC is committed to fostering mutual understanding and appreciation of Chinese culture and the arts through various cultural, educational, and people-to-people activities. Our aim is to strengthen the warm and cooperative relations between our two nations by providing high-quality services to the Maltese public and cultivating close partnerships with both public and private sectors.

The CCC was officially inaugurated on September 19, 2003, by H.E. Prof. De Marco, President of Malta, alongside Mme. Meng Xiaosi, China’s Vice Minister of Culture, and the Hon. Mr Jesmond Mugliett, Malta’s Minister for Youth and the Arts.

Located in a century-old building at 173 Melita Street, Valletta, the Centre underwent extensive restoration to preserve its historic charm while accommodating modern facilities. Equipped with a library, art gallery, language lab, dance studio, multi-functional hall, and digitalized classrooms, the Centre serves as a hub for cultural, educational, and recreational activities, as well as information exchange.

Our services include Chinese language training, martial arts classes, lectures on various aspects of Chinese culture, exhibitions, film screenings, and performances by renowned Chinese artists and cultural inheritors. With a collection of over 10,000 books, journals, magazines, newspapers, and audio-visual materials, our library offers a wealth of resources to the community.

In addition to participating in local cultural events and festivals, the CCC regularly hosts art exhibitions, film screenings, and performances to showcase China’s rich heritage and contemporary arts to the Maltese audience. From traditional music and dance to martial arts and acrobatics, our diverse programs aim to provide an immersive experience of China’s cultural richness and diversity.