China’s First Lady Peng Liyuan visits the Confucius Classroom at Ravenswood School for Girls in Sydney

[Source]    Xinhua.net [Time]    2014-12-06 09:38:50 
 

 


Cross stitched embroideries of students from the Confucius Classroom

Madam Peng Liyuan, wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping, paid a visit to Ravenswood School for Girls in Sydney on November 19. Guided by a dragon dance team, Madam Peng went to the Confucius Classroom for a tour. “The setting sun beyond the mountains glows…” 16 girls were reading a well-known Chinese Tang poem of On the Stork Tower to welcome Madam Peng as she arrived. They also learnt to make Chinese knots and paper-cuts and embroidered “friendship between China and Australia lasts forever” in Chinese characters. Madam Peng cut the character of fu with a pair of scissors, which means happiness or blessing in Chinese.

“When I was little, my mother used to tell me that…” Having sung the national anthems of both China and Australia with piano accompaniment, children in the chorus also sang a beautiful, touching Chinese song named The Sea is My Home. Madam Peng remarked that music, as a medium of heart to heart communication, knows no boundaries. She commended everyone for their excellent singing.


Madam Peng Liyuan remarked, "Everyone sings quite well."

Madam Peng Liyuan sent some bilingual books in both Chinese and English as well as several panda-shaped stuffed toys to the Confucius Classroom as gifts. She picked up one of the pandas and said to the children, “This is a panda, which I believe is everyone’s favorite. In the past few days I held koalas and Tasmanian devils here in Australia, which are so adorable. Pandas are regarded as China’s national treasure, and I think they are equally adorable. I really hope that you can learn Chinese well, so that one day you can go to China and see real pandas.”


Madam Peng Liyuan inviting the Australian children to see pandas in China

BEIJING, Nov. 19 (Xinhua)

 
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