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Official Written Invitation Rules – Netizen Reception in honor of 40th Anniversary of U.S. China Relations
Hosted at U.S. Ambassador’s Residence
April 2, 2019

Ambassador’s Residence

Official Written Invitation Rules – Netizen Reception in honor of 40th Anniversary of U.S. China Relations hosted at U.S. Ambassador’s Residence

Contest Sponsors[1]

Invitation to reception event.

Description of the Contest

This social media contest will invite 40 netizens to attend a reception which will take place in late April at the U.S. Ambassador’s residence in Beijing.  The contest winners will be selected by Public Affairs Section, U.S. Embassy Beijing.  (See the “Eligibility” section below to find out who is eligible to be a contestant.)


This contest is administered through Sina Weibo.  Sina Weibo is not a partner in the administration of the contest.   Contestants are reminded that by participating in the contest and uploading content to Sina Weibo, they are bound by Sina Weibo’s Terms of Service and any agreements with Sina Weibo contained therein.

How to Enter

Participants must post their own Weibo post by using two hashtags #美中四十年#  #来大使家做客# and tag their friends on Weibo before 11:59 pm, April 14 (Beijing time) to be eligible to enter the contest.  In the post they must also share a memory of the United States, an example of their favorite U.S. linked item, location they would like to travel in the U.S. or other connection with America.  These examples could include:  favorite American movie or book, location to visit in the United States, American visit to China, study abroad story, American teacher, example of cooperation, and similar.

Participation in this contest is deemed as acceptance of these Official Contest Rules.

The contest commences on April 2, 2019.  Posts may be submitted from 11:00 am, April 2 to 11:59 pm, April 14.  The winners will be selected by U.S. Embassy Beijing between April 15-19, 2019.

Content Requirements

  1. Submissions must not contain obscenity, explicit sexual material, nudity, profanity, graphic violence, calls or incitement to violence, commercial solicitation or commercial promotion. Submissions must conform to local law and must not contain content or images that could be considered abusive, inflammatory, denigrating, or disrespectful to any of the Contest Sponsors, or to any groups, individuals or institutions.  Submissions must adhere both in appearance and in fact to the norms of civil discourse.  In other words, the content of all submissions must be suitable for a global, public audience.
  2. Contest Sponsors reserve the right to disqualify, at their sole and absolute discretion, any submission that does not adhere to these criteria and to the intent and substance of these Official Contest Rules.
  3. In the event of any question or difference of views regarding compliance with, interpretation, or application of these content requirements or other provisions of these Official Contest Rules, Contest Sponsors reserve the exclusive right to resolve such questions or differences of views in their sole discretion.
  4. Applicants tag their friends in the post for a chance to have them join them at the reception. Each invitation will be for one netizen fan and one of their tagged friends to attend the event.


  1. Contestants must be at least 18 years old on the date of entry into the contest. Contestants must be citizen of the People’s Republic of China and may not be U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents, and must reside in mainland China.
  2. Contestants should be a follower of U.S. Mission Sina Weibo or Wechat social media platforms.
  3. The individual submitting the entry will be considered the contestant and will be the only individual eligible to compete for the prize. Organizations are not eligible to compete for the prize, either as an entity, or through representation by an individual.  In order to be eligible for the prize, the contestant must provide complete and accurate information.
  4. The following individuals are not eligible to participate in the contest: Employees, interns, directors, and officers of the Contest Sponsors, or the U.S. Government; or any employees, interns, directors, officers of any agencies, companies or entities involved in the administration, advertising, judging, creation, development, execution, and/or fulfillment of the contest, and the immediate family members (defined as spouse, recognized partner, parent, child, sibling, and spouse or “step” of each) and those living in the same household of each such individual.
  5. Once a submission has been accepted for entry into the contest, the contestant’s name (or User ID, if the contestants wishes to remain anonymous) and country may be publicly identified at the sole discretion of the contestants.
  6. The Embassy will contact selected contestants to invite them and a friend to the event. Contestants must respond with the required event registration information to participate.

Selection of Winners

Forty winners will be chosen from those who post original posts.  Each winner can bring one companion.  Winners will be contacted via private message or email message.  The inability of Contest Sponsors to contact a potential winner may result in disqualification and/or selection of an alternate winner from among all remaining eligible submissions.

The reception will take place at the Ambassador’s residence in Beijing.  The U.S. Embassy will not cover accommodation and transportation costs from the place where the winner lives to Beijing.


  1. Attend the reception.

Liability and Rights

  1. Contest Sponsors reserve the right at any time, to verify the validity of entries and of contestants and to disqualify any contestant or entry deemed not in compliance with these Official Contest Rules. Contest Sponsors also reserve the right to request further documentation, at their sole and absolute discretion, to verify eligibility and compliance with these Official Contest Rules.
  2. If a prize or any portion thereof is unavailable, Contest Sponsors, in their sole discretion, reserve the right to substitute the prize with another prize of equal or greater value and/or specification.
  3. If this contest is interfered or tampered with in any way by a contestant, or a person acting on the contestant’s behalf, or, if, as a consequence of such interference, the contest is not capable of being reasonably conducted in the manner anticipated by Contest Sponsors, the Contest Sponsors reserve the right, in their sole discretion to disqualify any interfering contestant and/or modify, suspend, terminate or cancel the contest.
  4. Contest Sponsors reserve the right, at any time and in their sole discretion, to disqualify and/or deem ineligible any individual who they reasonably believe (i) has violated the Official Contest Rules; (ii) has violated the terms of use of platform, or (iii) is acting in a bad faith, or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person.
  5. Contest Sponsors reserve the right to modify, suspend, terminate or cancel the contest at their discretion for any reason.
  6. Contestant agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Contest Sponsors, their parent, subsidiary and affiliated companies, officers, directors, employees, interns, and agents, from and against any and all claims, damages, obligations, losses, liabilities, costs or debts, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees) arising from (I) violation of these Official Contest Rules;  (ii) violation of any third party right, including without limitation any copyright, trademark, intellectual property, privacy, publicity, or other proprietary right in connection with the contest; or (iii) any claim that a contest submission caused any harm, including financial,  to any third party.  These indemnification and hold harmless obligations will survive indefinitely beyond the conclusion of the contest.
  7. The conduct, judging, and awarding of prizes will be carried out in full compliance with applicable U.S. law and host country law. In the event of a conflict between U.S. law and host country law, U.S. law shall apply.
  8. Contest Sponsors and the U.S. Government will take reasonable measures to protect privacy data, personally identifiable information, and other sensitive data of contestants. Contact information provided by contestants may be stored by «U.S.Embassy Beijing»and may be used to contact contestants for other purposes in the future.  This information may be shared with the co-sponsor of the contest and/or be made available to third parties, to the extent permitted by law.
  9. Contest Sponsors assume no liability or responsibility for any loss or harm resulting from any user’s participation in or attempt to participate in the contest or ability or inability to upload, download, or otherwise access any information in connection with participating in the contest. Contest Sponsors assume no responsibility or liability for technical problems, or technical malfunctions arising in connection with the operation of the contest, including: hardware or software errors; faulty computer, telephone, cable, satellite, network, electronic, wireless or Internet connectivity, or other online communication problems; errors or limitations of any Internet service providers, servers, hosts or providers; garbled, jumbled or faulty data transmissions; failure of any email transmissions to be sent or received; lost, late, delayed or intercepted email transmissions; inaccessibility of the contest site in whole or in part for any reason; traffic congestion on the Internet or the contest site; unauthorized human or non-human intervention of the operation of the contest, including without limitation, unauthorized tampering, hacking, theft, virus, bugs, worms; or destruction of any aspect of the contest, or loss, miscount, misdirection, inaccessibility or unavailability of an email account used in connection with the contest.
  10. Use of contest site is at user’s own risk. Contest Sponsors are not responsible for any personal injury, property damage, or losses of any kind which may be sustained to computer equipment resulting from participation in the contest, use of the contest site or the downloading of information from the contest site.  By participating in the contest, the contestant releases Contest Sponsors from any and all claims arising from or relating to such contestant’s participation in the contest, whether directly or indirectly.
  11. Contest Sponsors are not liable in the event that any portion of the contest is cancelled or delayed due to weather, fire, strike, acts of war or terrorism, or any other reason.

[1] Throughout the contest rules, the term “sponsors” is used to represent either single or multiple sponsors, where applicable.