“Chinese craze” sweeps across Kyrgyzstan

[Source]    the Confucius Institute at Kyrgyz National University [Time]    2015-10-09 16:16:09 
 

On September 27th, the Confucius Institute at Kyrgyz National University celebrated the 2nd “Confucius Institute Day” and the Mid-Autumn Day. Around 1,000 people participated in the event, including representatives from the Chinese Embassy in Kyrgyzstan, representatives from Chinese enterprises, teachers and students from the Confucius Institute, and local residents.

The event officially began with a traditional Chinese Lion Dance. At the Chinese cultural performance section, students from the Confucius Institute gave various spectacular shows featuring Chinese dances, songs and poems, which livened things up and drew rounds of applause from the audience.

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Participants experiencing Chinese costumes

At the section for experiencing Chinese culture, an interesting mini- lesson gave the participants a taste of the Chinese language. In the “Chinese games corner”, many Chinese language fans participated enthusiastically in the specially-designed activities with prizes up for grab. Elsewhere in the venue, several other sections were set up for the participants to experience the unique art of Chinese calligraphy and painting, facial masks of Peking Opera and Chinese classical costumes. It was worth mentioning that teachers responsible for the Chinese food section used local ingredients to make on site some highly characteristic Chinese dishes like Kung Pao Chicken, dry-fried French beans with minced pork and preserved vegetables, and shredded pork with edible fungus, which were all very popular among the participants.

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A Peking Opera fan

On the afternoon, local residents got a glimpse of the charm of different regions in China through performances of traditional Chinese musical instruments, such as Heavenly Road, which sings about the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and Fisherman's Song at Dusk, which depicts water towns south to the Yangtze River. As the grand finale, a show of Chinese ancient and modern costume brought the local people a visual feast —a perfect ending to the event.

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A Chinese costume show

Lasting for six hours, the celebration of the “Confucius Institute Day” helped students of the Confucius Institute and local residents enrich their understanding of Confucius and the Chinese Mid-Autumn culture. It fully manifests the Confucius Institute at Kyrgyz National University’s commitment to its mission of “helping China understand the world and helping the world understand China”.

Story by Wang Na; Photos by Cheng Yali

 
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