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Experience China | 179 students from 9 Confucius Institutes enjoy summer holiday in SISU


16 October 2019 | By Jia Kexuan,Yang Yichen | copyedited by Deng Boyin

  • The Opening Ceremony

  • The class

  • Calligraphy Class

  • Fan-painting Class

  • The Closing Ceremony

  • City Tour

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he Office of Confucius Institutes of Shanghai International Studies University (SISU) received nearly 200 guests from afar in the summer holiday of 2019. These students came from different continents, speaking all kinds of languages; however, they all share the love for the Chinese language and the Chinese culture, and are eager to learn more about China.

From July to August, nine summer camp delegations with a total of 179 participants, who came from seven different countries, including the United States, Morocco, Uzbekistan, Japan, Spain, Italy and Hungary, visited SISU. Among these participants, the eldest was over 60 years old while the youngest was only 15. The students’ period of Chinese learning ranged from 2 months to 15 years.

At the opening ceremony, Yang Li, vice president of SISU, extended a warm welcome and introduced SISU’s motto, visions and missions to the delegations, acknowledging the achievements of the 10 Confucius institutes co-established by SISU overseas. Yang also expressed his wishes to the participants for a fulfilling, enjoyable and memorable summer camp.

During the two-week camp, the participants have made great improvements in their Chinese communication skills, which they could apply to different scenarios, such as greetings, finding their way around in Shanghai, buying tickets at tourist attractions and ordering dishes at a restaurant. They even learned how to haggle when shopping.

The students commented that these activities were interesting, interactive and practical, and that they could apply to their daily life what they had learned directly after class.

In order to help the participants to get a better understanding of the Chinese traditional culture, SISU prepared a variety of culture experiencing classes.

For example, there was the fan-painting class, where the students got to draw classical Chinese patterns on fans. By the end of the class, all of the participants were able to enjoy the soft breezes produced by their own hard work.

In the Tai Chi class, by imitating the teacher, the students learned the classical moves of Tai Chi, its philosophy of bringing together both gentleness and strengths as well as the use of qi.

The students also learned about the arts of tea. After a listening to a lecture on the different categories of tea, which were from different seasons and origin places, and the procedures of tea brewing, they students were given a chance to taste the subtle differences themselves. Overwhelmed by the experience, the students all expressed their wishes to take some tea back to their hometown as gifts for their families.

In the Kun Opera class, after learning about the origin and development of this traditional Chinese art form, the students put on costumes and tried to perform under the instruction of their teacher.

The students also learned to make traditional scented sachet. Many said they could not wait to send these sachets, which were made from colorful silk threads and full of aromatic herbs, to their families back home.

In the calligraphy class, the students learned to pace themselves and concentrate, writing down the Chinese character for Tao as a token of their admiration of the traditional Chinese spirit. Many also wrote down words that expressed their wishes of a long-lasting friendship between China and their home countries.

The participants also had a blast making dumplings. Many took out their cameras, and documented the moments, from filling the wrappers to boiling the dumplings. They all enjoyed the fruit of their own labor.

Through the classes, students were deeply impressed by the unique charms and the richness of the Chinese culture.

In addition to the classes, culture tours were organized to enhance the students’ knowledge about and understanding of modern China.

Among the sites visited were the Oriental Pearl Radio and TV Tower, Shanghai City Planning Exhibition Hall, China Arts Museum and Shanghai Museum. It was at these places where the students experienced the unique clamor of the modern urban culture in China.

As their exploration of Shanghai deepened, the students also got to see another side of the city. In Luxun Park, they caught a glimpse of the unique Chinese dating culture, seeing parents posting their children’s status on colorful umbrellas. In the Yu Garden, they admired the elegance of classical architecture and gardening. At the City God Temple, they saw the crowds moving slowly against the backdrop of red walls and mud tiles. In Zhujiajiao Town, they got a taste of the classic southern China where waters surrounded rows of houses as if they were travelling through times.

The delegations also visited Beijing, Hangzhou and the Yellow Mountain, and learned more about Chinese local customs and life.

Time passed quickly. At the closing ceremony, the participants expressed their gratitude to the Confucius Institute Headquarters and SISU, especially the Office of Confucius Institutes, for offering this opportunity to study in China. Special thanks also went to the Chinese teachers and student assistants.

The Confucius Institutes Summer Camp is a cultural communication program. It is created under the support of the Confucius Institute Headquarters, and co-organized by the overseas Confucius Institutes with their Chinese partner schools. This year’s language classes, culture experiencing activities and culture tours were all aimed at improving the participants’ Chinese communication skills and deepening their understanding of today’s China.

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