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Welcome to the Home Page of the CCCFA!


The Calgary Canada-China Friendship Association was founded in 1974 to develop further friendship and understanding between Canadians in Alberta and the People’s Republic of China in a non-political manner. Members of CCCFA want to know more about this emerging country which is opening up to the world and having a major impact. We are actively involved in building bridges with the PRC through educational and cultural exchanges.
Canada-China Friendship societies began in 1965 in the Victoria, BC chapter.
In 1970 Canada was one of the first Western countries to recognize New China. Groups began to tour China.
In 1980 the Federation of Canada-China Friendship Associations (FCCFA) was established.


- We hold regular dinner meetings with speakers on tops relating to China’s culture, society, economic growth, history etc.
- We send members to China to attend conferences and Friendship Forums, hosted by the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC).
- We liaise closely with the Consulate General of the Peoples Republic of China in Calgary.
- We support the cultural education of children adopted from China, through the Shou La Shou (Hand in Hand) program.


We hope all CCCFA members are staying safe and well, and enjoying summer at home this year. 11 members attended our July 27 Zoom meeting and shared some beautiful memories of China and visits to many different parts of China.

16 people registered and 12 attended our first Zoom CCCFA meeting. We will continue to offer Zoom sessions to keep in touch with members for the balance of 2020!

CCCFA events are on hold until the Covid-19 pandemic has subsided enough for health authorities to permit larger gatherings. In the meantime, here is a very insightful Vancouver Sun article .

It is confirmed, our next CCFA Dim Sum Event is on February 23 at 1 pm. We are starting fresh with this date. Please reply if you are interested in going. Deadline is Feb 21, 2020. See the Events page for details.

Happy Chinese New Year to those celebrating the Spring Festival and the Year of the Rat! May you have a peaceful year full of good fortune!

Consul General Mme. Lu Xu and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra jointly sponsored a glorious concert at the Jack Singer Hall. About 30 CCCFA and Friends in Mandarin (also ShouLaShou families) as guests of MMe. Lu attended the concert, which featured a brilliant young Chinese violinist and traditional Chinese instruments.

The Chinese Consulate General in Calgary unveiled its official Twitter account! Check it out at twitter.com/ChinaCGCalgary . “Feel China's pulse at your fingertips!”

We wish everyone a happy and peaceful holiday season and look forward to welcoming you to our second Chinese New Year Dim Sum on February 2, 2020!

We are once again invited to a concert by PRC Consul General Wu Xu at Jack Singer Concert Hall. Everyone who attended the previousChinese National Day concert enjoyed it very much.

Our next CCFA dinner took place on Dec 2, 2019. Thanks to everyone who attended and it was a wonderful presentation by own Karen Patterson.

Thanks to everyone who came to our CCFA dinner and AGM on Oct 7, 2019. We had a short meeting before dinner and an interesting presentation by our own Daisy Tong after the meal.

The Chinese Consulate General in Calgary and the Calgary Central Library will co-host an October Chinese Film Festival in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China on Saturday, October 5.

To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, the Chinese Consulate General in Calgary hosted a concert at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, September 23, 2019, at Jack Singer Concert Hall. CCCFA members attended and enjoyed the event.

We were pleased to again host a DimSum event on Sunday, August 18 at the Chinese Cultural Centre Restaurant, where we are permanent residents for our events now.

On January 31, 2019, the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Calgary hosted the Grand Chinese Costume Display & Show and the 2019 Spring Festival Celebration Banquet at the Gasoline Alley Museum at Heritage Park. The themes of the evening were Reminiscence & Classic and China’s fashion & style.

We are very happy to share a short clip about this event with you and hope that it refreshes your memories for that evening. Please check it out at this link: Video

Monday June 3 is an auspicious day! On this auspicious day we will be having our next CCFA dinner. AND we will have a guest speaker who is a Panda Keeper. See the Events page for details.

In order to help you better understand China from now on, we are happy to occasionally share some articles with you. Check the 'News Articles' link at the top right of this page. There is some very interesting reading!

Calgary CCFA executive were recently hosted for lunch at the home of Alice Shay. Many great ideas were discussed!

It was a great time at our Chinese New Year Dim Sum Lunch at the Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre to welcome the Year of the Pig!

Calgary members enjoyed another outstanding festive season meal at the Chinese Cultural Centre Restaurant. We had a short presentation from Gail Closson and Joanne MacLean on the Forum trip to Hainan Island.

Calgary CCFA celebrated the mid-Autumn Festival and PRC National Day at their dinner Sep 24th at the Chinese Cultural Centre Restaurant. We feasted on: Peking Duck, Duck Soup with Fish Maw, Sauteed chicken & cuttlefish with vegetable in a taro nest, Shrimp coated with egg yolk sauce, Fresh pineapple sweet & sour pork, Threesome tofu, House special Soya chicken, Fried longevity noodle, plus dessert and tea!

From November 22 to November 27 the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries will host the Friendship Forum in Haikou and an excursion to Sanya. Members from Calgary and from across Canada will attend!

Sheila and Ted attended Consul General Lu’s reception for China Night at Calgary’s International Globalfest and fireworks competition on August 25. See the pictures at the Photos page!

We thank everyone who joined us for dinner and an interesting presentation on the new stars of the Calgary show - the Giant Panda Family. You can see the Photos page for highlights.

President Sheila Foster attended the ribbon cutting for the Consul General’s event to open the Panda Exhibit at City Hall on April 27. See the Photos page for pictures!

Here Comes the Panda Photo Exhibition! Wanna know more inside scoop about the Giant Pandas before you see them for real in the Calgary Zoo? Check out the News and Events Page!

There was a bit too much snow for Mackenzie to make it from school to our Chinese New Year dinner. But she later enjoyed the beautiful book of Chinese stamps presented to her (via mom Mary) that evening!

We hope everyone has a very Happy Chinese New Year as we welcome the Year of the Dog! Click on the image for an article on 'How to Celebrate Chinese New Year in Calgary.' Have a very joyous and safe celebration and we'll see you in the New Year!

Hello, all CCCFA fans and Year of the Dog peeps. We thank everyone who attended our New Year Dinner on Monday, February 5. Check out the highlights at the PHOTOS page!

The CCCFA wishes everyone a very safe and wonderful season and a very Happy New Year. We'll see you in 2018!

We had a wonderful evening last night feasting on the creative dishes of the Chinese Cultural Restaurant Team. Sheila held our AGM and we finally watched a very informative video on Bamboo - and for those of you who remember, it worked this time!

It was a wonderful Chinese National Day celebration and hearty welcome for the new Consul General Mme. LU Xu and her husband Mr. HE Jun. Seen here welcoming Mme. Lu are CCCCFA directors Morag MacLellan and Kelly Wan at the Calgary Cultural Centre.

Thanks to everyone who attended our Fall Dinner at the Chinese Cultural Centre Cuisine. Guests enjoyed a wonderful dinner followed by an award- winning documentary on what life is like for the younger generation in China.

We have changed the date of our August dinner to Monday August 14, 2017 at 6 pm from August 7. This time we are at the newly renovated Chinese Cultural Centre Cuisine, #88, 197 - 1st Street, Calgary. There is plenty of free street parking after 6 pm.

The Calgary Herald is honoring 150 notable Canadian builders in a series this month including Chester Ronning, who was awarded the Friendship Ambassadorship from Beijing. You can read more in the Photos section.

On Monday June 5, we returned to old favourite Regency Palace for a dinner and video presentation about the link between man and the land in Yunnan province.

The CCCFA was involved with Asian Heritage Month in May. They are helping to create a more inclusive and equitable society in Southern Alberta that is increasingly inclusive and reflective of all cultures, and where the history, stories, and contributions of Canadians of Asian Heritage are fully recognized in the Canadian public consciousness. See the Asian Heritage Month page for details.

CCCFA members had a fantastic time and food at Yangtze Restaurant last Sunday April 23, a new venue for us. Everyone enjoyed the Dim Sum, and especially those little egg tarts! Pictures at the Photos page.

Calgary CCCFA welcomed past and new members and guests to another very successful Chinese New Year dinner at Tai Pan restaurant. Take a look at our Photos page for pictures from the event.

Happy Chinese New Year! We wish everyone a joyous and prosperous Year of the Rooster! Our Chinese New Year dinner will take place on Monday Feb 6 at Tai Pan restaurant. Join us as we will usher in the Year of the Rooster! More details will follow. The Rooster is tenth in the Chinese zodiac and each year is related to an animal sign according to a 12-year cycle. Years of the Rooster include 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, and 2029.

We thank all of the guests who attended our Fall Dinner on October 16 at the Chinese Cultural Centre Cuisine. Everyone enjoyed a wonderful dinner followed by an award- winning documentary on what life is like for the younger generation in China.

CCCFA Movie Night - August 22

Thanks to everyone who attended our CCCFA Dinner and Move Night at Tai Pan Restaurant on August 22. Our video for Monday evening was "The Walking Dining Table - Exquisite Suzhou Cuisines." There are more details at the PHOTOS page!

Thanks to everyone who came to our dinner at the Regency Palace Restaurant and to Karen who gave an informative talk about the Chinese art scene..

Karen lived in China for over 15 years and founded / operated 4 small businesses in 5 years. She was married to a local Chinese artist and together they have a lovely daughter. Karen is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and often uses her Chinese when working as a cross cultural consultant here in Calgary. She and her daughter moved back to Canada in 2011, and since then, Karen has worked hard to start her own intercultural consulting business (X Cultural Consulting Inc.), obtain her real estate license (2015) and begin working as a realtor, and finish her MA in Intercultural and International Communications at Royal Roads University online program (2017).

We invite you to check out the website for the Chinese-Canadian National Culture Centre. The CCNCC is a non-profit society headquartered in Victoria, British Columbia. The CCNCC was created to share culture, bring communities together and to build understanding among Chinese and non-Chinese communities across the country. They aim to bring the Chinese-Canadian communities closer as well as bring together other Canadians by sharing our culture, history and endeavors. Click the image for the website.

Call For Delegates, July 2016 Friendship Forum

The Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries has invited the FCCFA to send delegates to the Seventh Friendship Forum to be held in Chuzhou, Anhui Province in July 2016. The theme of this forum will be “Different Culture, One Heart.” There is more information at the link HERE.


A small but enthusiastic group from the ShouLaShou Program met for DimSum lunch at Tai Pain restaurant on Sunday April 24, 2016. You can see pictures at the ShouLaShou page.

Thanks to everyone who joined us in celebrating Chinese New Year on February 22nd with dinner at the Tai Pan Restaurant.

We thank everyone who joined us for a pre-holiday season dinner at Tai Pan on Monday, December 7. Our guest speaker was Consul Wang XioaLin who discussed China's economic situation and outlook.

Morag MacLellan, VP, Consul Ms. Lina Wang (wife of Calgary Consul General Wang) and Donna Lamb, Director of CCCFA attended the Chinese National Day reception at the Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre. You can see a larger picture at the PHOTOS page.

CCCFA Dinner: Nov 2, 2015

Thanks to those who came to dinner on Monday, November 2 at Tai Pan when Sheila gave us a presentation of her trip in March and April to SE Asia, including a visit to hill tribes on the Vietnam/China, Yunnan border. See more details at the News and Events page.

CCCFA Dinner: June 8, 2015

The dinner was at the Tai Pan Restaurant and guests enjoyed a wonderful dinner and a very enlightening guest speaker. Thanks to everyone who came out. We hope all of our members are enjoying the summer!

Back in August of last year, Neuczki described her ‘wild’ encounters through China in a backpacking trip that took her from scrambling the Great Wall to riding camels in Dunhuang’s desert. In this second presentation, Neuczki will share more about the academic exchange that initiated the three-month-long adventure and ultimately challenged her head-on to work collaboratively in a culturally diverse setting, to discover China’s alternative energy technologies, and to kick-start an experience that was both eye-opening and heartwarming.

Sheila Foster presenting thank you gifts of framed papercut birds to our speaker for the June event.

Here is Len Chan's fascinating talk about Charles 'Chinese' Gordon from our December dinner! Click on the picture to read the article.

The CCCFA Dinner takes place on June 8, 2015 at 6:00 PM. Please come and enjoy the next part of Neutzke's tour of China. We are meeting at the Tai Pan Restaurant at 1518 Centre Street NE..

We thank everyone who celebrated our New Year's Dinner on Monday, January 26. Happy Year of the Ram!

Our CCCFA Dinner took place on Monday, December 1, 2014 at 6:00 pm at the Tai Pan Restaurant at 1518 Centre Street NE. CCCFA member Len Chan gave a wonderful presentation about ‘Chinese Gordon’ also known as 'Gordon of Khartoum'.


To CCCFA Members:
Long-Dead Chinese Emperor Continues to Rule
To defend himself in the afterlife, Qin Shi Huang Di, the first emperor of China, was buried in a vast mausoleum accompanied by at least 9,000 life-sized statues. His terracotta army of cavalry, infantry, horses, chariots, weapons, administrators, wrestlers, acrobats, birds and concubines stands poised, ready to help their emperor rules beyond the grave.

Only a fraction of the site gave up its secrets before the Chinese government halted excavations almost two decades ago. Now, they’ve given the green light to a new archaeological campaign that will start to probe the 8,000 figures believed to be entombed in the mausoleum.

- Laborers: Many historians think that 700,000 craftsmen and slaves built the complex.
- Their deaths: It is thought that all the laborers, along with many others, were put to death to keep the mausoleum a secret!
- Construction: The whole complex was built in about 40 years and wasnʼt completed.
- Treasures: The underground tomb itself might hold much more treasure and artifacts unless it has been robbed. Some 2,000 years ago, a historian named Sima Qian wrote that the tomb contained a world with mountains made of gold, stars represented by pearls, jewels and flowing rivers of mercury.
• The emperorʼs tomb itself still hasnʼt been excavated. Even 40 years after its discovery, less than one percent of Emperor Qinʼs tomb has been excavated.

We celebrated our 40th Anniversary on Sunday, October 5. Check the PHOTOS page for details!

Visit our Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/cccfa1

Thanks to all who joined us for an evening of good food and friendship on Monday, August 25 at the Cultural Centre Restaurant. See the PHOTOS page for a recap.

The FCCFA has been invited to bring a delegation to China for the Forum2014 in Guiyang, Guizhou Province. You can see details of the trip at the 'Forum 2014' page in the left column. We have added tour guidelines for those wishing to attend. This page has been updated as of July 20, 2014.

Note: the post-Forum tour schedule in Yunnan has been updated as of July 20, 2014. Check the Forum 2014 page for details. The application form for the Yunnan trip is available HERE .

The CCCFA held their special DimSum event at the Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre on Sunday June 22. See the Photos page for details

FCCFA President Sheila Foster and TCCFA President Michael Copeland attended the 60th Anniversary of CPAFFC in Beijing from May 14-16. The event was attended by many important guests from around the world. It appeared on CCTV that evening and the front page of the main Beijing newspaper next morning. Of the some 500-600 people attending, they were were the only Canadians invited.

Click HERE for a report.

Our May 2014 Newsletter is out. Check our 'Newsletters' page for your online copy.

The CCCFA Dinner took place on Monday, May 5th at Regency Palace. We thank everyone who joined us for an evening of good food and friendship. On their recent visit to Ontario, Sheila and Ted Foster visited the Norman Bethune home and museum in Gravenhurst. Sheila gave a short presentation on this important Canadian hero and his life and work, especially in China. Check out our pictures in the Photos section.

Honorary Members

Joyce Lau (also Federation Honorary Member)
Dr. KW Chang and Eng Chang

CPAFFC 2006 Friendship Award
Sheila Foster