Hong Kong singer Paula Tsui posing for a photo with the children dressed up as pandas. [qq.com]
Hong Kong singer Paula Tsui announced at a press conference on March 27, 2012, that she will hold one of her legendary concerts in Beijing. The 'Glittering Paula Tsui Beijing Concert' will open on May 13, 2012.
Although this is the first time she is holding a concert in Beijing, Paula has said that she is familiar with the city as she previously performed at the 1989 CCTV Spring Festival Gala and has even filmed a few music videos in Beijing.
At the conference, Paula recalled her 42 years of musical experiences and shared it with her fans. She also said she was eager to invite her friend Deng Yaping, a former world-renowned table tennis player in China, to her concert. She hoped to have a game of table tennis with her just like they did 20 years ago.
A big fan of pandas, Paula has said that she dreams of performing with a panda on stage. However, as pandas are a Chinese national treasure, this dream doesn't seem likely to come true anytime soon. In view of her interest in the animals, the press conference organizers gifted her with toy pandas, and arranged for a group of children dressed up as pandas to dance with her.
Paula, born in mainland China in 1949, moved to Hong Kong with her parents in 1951. She was fond of singing even as a child. In 1996, the 17-year-old Paula began her music career when she attended a Hong Kong singing contest and won first place.
She has previously said that, "Singing is my language, so I am careful about choosing which songs to sing. I sing every song with all my heart. I treat every song as a letter from me to the audience." It is that devotion to her audience that remains the key to why the singer is much beloved by her fans even after all these years.
Paula has also set a few music records. In 1987, she held the 'Glittering Paula Tsui Concert', which ran for 22 consecutive nights in the Hong Kong Coliseum, breaking the record of 20 consecutive nights made by Alan Tam, another famous male singer in Hong Kong. From then on, all of her following concerts have been named 'Glittering'.
In 1989, Paula sang at the CCTV Spring Festival Gala, and her song Heart Love made a deep impression on fans in the mainland.
Then in 1990, Paula was honored with the 'Golden Needle Award', the highest music award in Hong Kong. She was the first female singer to gain this honor.
She set yet another record in 1992 when she held 43 concerts throughout the whole year, gaining her the nickname 'Paula Forty-three'.
Paula left the music world in 1995. However, in 2005, the 58-year-old singer staged a comeback with 22 'Glittering' concerts held at the Hong Kong Coliseum, just like her concert 18 years ago.
In 2010, Paula held two concerts separately in east China's Shanghai and in Guangzhou, south China's Guangdong Province. That was the first time she held concerts in the mainland.
On May 13, 2012, Paula will once again enchant her fans with her latest 'Glittering' concert at the Capital Stadium in Beijing. She has said that she sticks to one principle: to win the hearts of her fans, her song lyrics must reflect their own lives.