Special Events

blue cloud gala

Blue Cloud Gala
Since 1984, China Institute has bestowed its Blue Cloud award to notable figures who share our mission and values at this signature, annual black-tie event occurring in late September / October.

Our 2019 Honorees: Zhang Huan, Pin Ni, and Sophia Sheng.

A Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Ezra Vogel.


cny gala

Chinese New Year Gala, February 3, 2020
A lion dance, a scrumptious dessert buffet, bespoke cocktails and red envelope donations that support our slate of programming; China Institute’s annual Chinese New Year Gala is an exciting way to celebrate this vibrant holiday.


fashion gala

China Fashion Gala, July 23, 2020
Join ‘One World in Beauty’ benefit Gala for the most glamorous night online as we honor the dazzling diversity of Chinese fashion and culture. At this year’s event we are thrilled to be saluting the global prestige beauty brand Estée Lauder; fashion designer and opinion leader Phillip Lim; actress, director, artist, and activist Lucy Liu; and Chinese investor, entrepreneur and philanthropist Wendy Yu.

Also featuring a Heaven Gaia fashion show, with designer Xiong Ying, and a special performance of the legendary Thousand Hand Bodhisattva dance!

See ticket options and learn more about our virtual gala.


fashion gala

China Institute Executive Summit, October 13-15, 2020
How can U.S. and Chinese businesses navigate the new challenges to achieve success in the face of strained U.S.-China relations and a volatile world?

In three sessions over three days, the world’s leading business executives and thinkers will help chart the way to success in a decoupling world, demystify China’s new economic policies and opportunities, and shed light on how U.S. and Chinese companies can still work together to create more jobs.

China Institute Executive Summit 2018
China Institute Executive Summit 2019


fashion competition

Fashion Design Competition, September 26, 2020
China Institute’s annual Fashion Design Competition supports emerging designers by promoting creativity inspired by China’s culture and aesthetics in contemporary, global design. The winner of our competition receives $10,000 and guidance from industry insiders towards the development of their talents. Our yearly runway show is a fun way to engage with China Institute.