Celebrating the Dragon Boat Festival with Zongzi and Tea: Students in the Class for Ambassadors to China Experience the Chinese Culture

[Source]    Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) [Time]    2017-05-24 11:27:03 
 

As the Dragon Boat Festival is approaching, over 50 diplomat-to-be students of the ambassador class from 18 countries gathered together in the Confucius Institute Headquarters to take part in the Dragon Boat Festival celebrations with Zongzi and tea, which is a good opportunity for them to experience the Chinese culture.

Teachers of the class introduced the history of the Dragon Boat Festival and the Chinese tea culture respectively to the students. Under their instructions, the diplomats were in high spirits wrapping up Zongzi, watching tea-making performances and tasting tea while exchanging their ideas.


A teacher telling the students the origin of the Dragon Boat Festival


Students learning how to wrap up Zongzi


Students helping each other


Students showing wrapped-up Zongzi


Tea tasting


Students and teachers taking group photos in front of the national flags of many countries

Tasting Chinese food is one of the activities organized by the Confucius Institute Headquarters for the ambassador class. Since 2010, the class has enrolled students for 14 sessions, offering courses on Chinese language and Chinese Culture to 1,200 ambassadors and diplomats from 101 embassies and international organizations as well as their families. This session has a total number of 115 students from 35 countries. Among them are 70 diplomats from 20 “Belt and Road” countries.

 
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