Confucius Institute at University of Sheffield Participated in 2014 Tour de France Celebration

[Source]    Confucius Institute at University of Sheffield [Time]    2014-07-24 11:19:40 

SHEFFIELD, July 6--The 101st Tour de France which started in Leeds, England, finished its second-stage in Sheffield. Invited by the Sheffield City Government, the Confucius Institute at the University of Sheffield participated in the big celebration of Tour de France Cultural Festival held in the heart of Sheffield – the Peace Gardens.

In the celebration, the Confucius Institute at the University of Sheffield set three exhibition areas: traditional Chinese costumes, Chinese word puzzles, and Chinese ink painting and calligraphy. With unique oriental style, the Confucius Institute at the University of Sheffield which participated in the celebration of this year’s Tour de France gave a full display of the charm of Chinese language and culture, and attracted many visitors to take part in its various activities.

In the exhibition area of traditional Chinese costumes, visitors were full of curiosity about the mysterious oriental “dragon”, colorful Qipaos (Mandarin Gowns), and all kinds of jewelry. Girls in love of beauty tried on the Qipaos and eagerly took photos with the dragon head, which created a special view combining Chinese and Western styles, and raised a “Chinese fashion” in the celebration.

English girls in Qipaos

Taking a photo with “Chinese dragon”

Different from the adults who were fascinated with Chinese costumes, children seemed to be more interested in Chinese word puzzles, a game that could test their knowledge of Chinese characters. As long as they could match all the Chinese characters with the correspondent pictures on a same paper, they would get a delicate Chinese gift. Through playing this kind of interesting word game, the English children developed a strong interest in Chinese language. All of them became fans of Chinese word puzzles and hope to attend the summer school of the Confucius Institute at the University of Sheffield so as to further study and understand Chinese language and culture.

A child concentrating on Chinese word puzzles

A child watching the writing of Chinese characters

The exhibition of traditional Chinese calligraphy and ink painting attracted a large number of visitors. They expressed their praise and admiration while watching the drawing of Chinese ink painting and the whole process of writing Chinese calligraphy – starting the stroke, moving the brush, and finishing the stroke, which produced calligraphy works with unique oriental charm. Many visitors, apart from appreciating calligraphy and ink painting, expressed their hope that the calligraphy performer could write down the Chinese characters of their names in calligraphy or they could get a small work of Chinese ink painting, so that they could bring the oriental art back home.

Colorful Chinese painting of flowers and birds

The 2014 Tour de France, running from July 5 to July 27, 2014. The Tour de France is one of the world’s famous sports events. Different from the former ones, this year’s Tour de France, for the first time, set its first three stages in the UK and its starting point in Yorkshire, England. Therefore, the local government held a large-scale cultural celebration to promote the glamour of Yorkshire. The Confucius Institute at the University of Sheffield also used this rare opportunity to show the charm of Chinese language and culture, in forms that were popular among local residents.