Frankfurt am Main rightfully enjoys a reputation as one of the world's most important financial centers. Numerous international companies in the financial sector have their headquarters in the city. This international influence is also reflected in Frankfurt's cultural life. The metropolis on the Main River boasts a cosmopolitan atmosphere with a high quality of life and a wide range of lifestyle activities.
Frankfurt is extremely popular with people from Asia, especially those from the Middle Kingdom. In raw numbers, Chinese companies are now the largest group among Asian enterprises in Frankfurt. Furthermore, investment opportunities for private investors in China are limited. For example, private ownership of real property is prohibited in China. As a financial center with an impressive skyline, Frankfurt has quickly become the focus of Chinese investors. Instead of period buildings with creaking floorboards, a large number of Chinese investors prefer the idea of modern residential highrise buildings in the high-end segment. Frankfurt’s unique skyline is therefore a major attraction for Chinese investors.
A taste of China can be found among Frankfurt’s diverse cultural offerings. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, the tranquillity of the Chinese Garden attracts numerous visitors every year. This 4,000-square-meter garden was built in 1989, extensively renovated in 2009 and serves as a retreat in the heart of the financial metropolis. China is also prominently represented at the annual Parade of Cultures, as well as with a plethora of associations committed to intercultural exchange. These include the German-Chinese Friendship Association Frankfurt am Main e.V. and the Confucius Institute Frankfurt e.V. The China Institute, founded in 1925, offers students and interested parties not only cultural programs, but also an extensive range of scientific activities. Close cooperation with the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main contributes to promoting cultural exchange between China and Germany through lectures, symposia, exhibitions and concerts, as well as promoting young academics. Studying in Germany is highly regarded in China.
Frankfurt also has a large U.S. American community. Numerous activities promote intercultural exchange – in German and English. For example, the German Jazz Festival is a product of German-American friendship in the Main metropolis. Another musical example is the International Choir Frankfurt, which was founded in 1984 with the aim of improving relations between different nations and cultures through the language of music.
In addition to the English Theater in Frankfurt, the largest English-language theater on the European mainland, there is also an English-language amateur theater, Frankfurt English Speaking Theatre e.V., which gives everyone the opportunity to slip into different roles.
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