Chinese Culture Week Warms Up Suez Canal

[Source] [Time]    2018-10-29 18:01:23 

On the 23rd, Suez Canal University in Egypt was adorned and thronged with people as the 2018 Chinese Culture Week officially kicked off, allowing local students to appreciate traditional Chinese culture through lively activities.

At the opening ceremony, the Institute exhibited Chinese calligraphy, painting, Peking Opera facial makeup and traditional handicrafts. The exhibition booths were swarmed with students watching and discussing. The calligraphy booth received the largest group of students who were fascinated about Chinese writing brushes and eager to try them under the teacher’s instruction, hoping to feel the writing utensil that has been passed down for thousands of years in China. In the Chinese fan booth, many Egyptian girls also imitated the postures of ancient Chinese women, holding a fan, covering half of their face and taking photos.

Saya Massoud, a student of the Confucius Institute brought the activity to a climax with a Chinese folk song. She said she hopes to learn Chinese well and become an interpreter in the future, contributing to the friendly exchanges between Chinese and Egyptian youths.

Hajar Afifi, a student of the Confucius Institute, said he likes such activities as he can learn about the different forms of Chinese culture. “I also like Chinese very much. I want to go to China to pursue my postgraduate study after graduating from university and also tell Chinese students about traditional Egyptian culture.”

Zhu Tingting, Chinese Director of Confucius Institute at Suez Canal University, said that traditional Chinese cultural activities such as shuttlecock kicking, calligraphy writing and Chinese knots weaving are popular among local university students. It is the goal to let more Egyptian students know about Chinese culture through these events.

(Story by Yu Tao, Wu Danni, Xinhua News Agency, Cairo, October 23rd)

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