CIUC Participats in 2017 Queenstown Winter Festival Carnival

[Source]    Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury [Time]    2017-07-12 11:38:09 
 

On June 25th , the Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury (CIUC) was invited to participate in 2017 Queenstown Winter Festival Carnival.

The Queenstown Winter Festival celebrates the start of winter with four days of fun events and has attracted tens of thousands of tourists from home and abroad. The CIUC provided a range of cultural activities in the “igloo” as a part of the celebration of Carnival, which was the closing event of the festival.


On June 25th, Queenstown Winter Festival Carnival


On 25 June, Queenstown Winter Festival Carnival


On 25 June, Queenstown Winter Festival Carnival

The CIUC staff presented Chinese calligraphy by putting the Chinese translation of the tourists’ names on the rice paper and they were so intrigued by the profound meaning of the Chinese characters. Outside the igloo, the CIUC staff performed martial arts and quite a few local people were interested and followed the moves of the instructor.


On June 25th, Queenstown Winter Festival Carnival


On June 25th, Queenstown Winter Festival Carnival

In addition, Chinese knots and lantern making have attracted a lot of people as well. Children and their parents DIYed their own lanterns with the help of the CIUC staff and local volunteers. The Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Christchurch sponsored 300 lanterns which were given out to the children free of charge. All of these activities were extremely well received by the tourists and local people.


On June 25th,Queenstown Winter Festival Carnival

The activities were held from 12pm to 9pm with a continuous stream of people taking part. About 50 000 people participated in the Queenstown Winter Festival over the 4 days.

Story by Chen Yunjiao

 
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