Confucius Institute at the University of Poitiers Completed the Fourth Chinese Spring Camp
A Chinese saying goes like this “You can learn more by travelling a thousand miles than by reading a thousand books”. The road to learn Chinese is more difficult than hard roads in Shu for foreigners as learning Chinese is challenged yet appealing on many fronts. Learning the language and culture of a country is like wheels on the two sides of a carriage, only moving the two forward in the meantime can make easy progress from experience.
In the spring of 2012 when France marked the Easter Day, the Confucius Institute at the University of Poitiers kick started the fourth annual Chinese Spring Camp, which was initially rolled out in 2009.
Singing Chinese song
Visiting Mount Longhu
Thanks to successful promotion and positive impact of previous sessions of Chinese Spring Camp, more than 200 students learning Chinese at the University of Poitiers and local secondary schools registered to attend this year’s activity. After rounds of selection and exams, finally a team of 33 left for China on a 14-day Chinese learning trip, who come from the Confucius Institute at the University of Poitiers, the National Engineering School of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, the Confucius Classroom at Kelland High School and the Poitiers International Creative Experimental High School.
This trip spans across China, from charming city Shanghai, through a land of abundance Jiangxi, to China’s heart Beijing. The visiting students experienced in person the rapid development of the international metropolis amid towering buildings and hustling and bustling street scene in Shanghai, and appreciated rich Chinese history and culture through famous scenic spots, alleys and hutongs in Beijing. What impressed them most is the week in Nanchang University which highly values the Chinese Spring Camp project and the Vice President Xie Mingyong and Director of the International Exchange College Xu Maoyun welcomed and received the students in person and introduced Chinese culture to them. The University also treated French students with interesting courses such as oral Chinese, calligraphy, tea ceremony appreciation and Chinese martial arts, guided them to visit the campus, famous mountain of the Taoism, enjoy Chinese delicacies. The short stay helped them make friends with hospitable and kind-hearted Chinese people. As a result, the seed of friendship takes root in the hearts of the students of the two countries.
Xie Mingyong, Vice President of Nanchang University, granted the Certificate of Completion to student
The two-week Chinese trip has drawn to a successful end. For the 33 students, this is a trip with special significance as it enables them to understand and access to Chinese culture of real sense in a more direct way while encouraging them to learn Chinese. At this point, they are serving as the envoy of China-France culture, enabling more French people to understand a more vigorous China through them.
Leaving the auntie living in hutong area