Confucius Institute at Phuket, Prince of Songkla University Successfully Holds Shandong Tourism and Cultural Exchange Activities

[Source]    Confucius Institute at Phuket, Prince of Songkla University [Time]    2019-05-15 13:16:14 
 

On May 13th, “Visit Shandong, Meet Confucius”—Shandong Tourism and Cultural Exchange Activity was held in Phuket Martial Arts School, Thailand. The cultural exchange and experience activity is jointly organized by the Shandong Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism, Wuzhou Hanfeng Network Technology Co., Ltd., the Confucius Institute at Phuket in Prince of Songkla University and Phuket Martial Arts School. Li Yuzhong, Chairman of Thai Kung Fu Federation; Yang Wenbo, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute; the Faculty of Confucius Institute; and 40 Thai students and their parents participated in the activity and enjoyed the profound culture of Shandong.

In his speech, Yang Wenbo said that Confucius Institute has gradually formed a typical “Chinese + Tourism Business” model in the past. As a “Chinese travel culture station”, the Confucius Institute will not only share Chinese stories and exchange Chinese culture, but also integrate Chinese language teaching into the program for the benefit of students.


Yang Wenbo delivering a speech

"As a native of Shandong, I feel honored to introduce my hometown to you in another country. I hope you will have better understanding of Shandong culture and love China through this activity," Li Yuzhong said.


Li Yuzhong delivering a speech

This activity is divided into three links: cultural display, cultural performance and Shandong cultural experience, comprehensively and emphatically introducing Shandong culture. In the section of cultural display, Sanlaya Engchuan, a teacher from the Confucius Institute, told the Shandong story to Thai students. For Sanlaya Engchuan, who studied in Qingdao for three years, Shandong is a second home for her, a place to carry her youth and dreams.

Sanlaya Engchuan said, “I met a lot of passionate people in Shandong, like my graduate advisor. She guided me in my studies and encouraged me to read more books. She also cared about me in my life and often took me to ancient towns and villages to feel the atmosphere of history and culture. Because of my graduate advisor, I really enjoy learning Chinese. If I go back to China, I will definitely visit her at Qingdao University first.” She started with her own experience and then went on to describe the landscape and culture of Shandong, from the well-known scenic spots such as Mount Tai, the Yellow River and the Daming Lake, to the historic city Tai’erzhuang. In the eager eyes of the students, she showed the Shandong painting, paper-cut, martial arts, kites, and introduced a popular Shandong food: mixed grain pancake. Not only the students were mesmerized by her speech, but also the parents were very interested and actively asked Sanlaya Engchuan questions.


Sanlaya Engchuan delivering a speech

During cultural performance section, teachers of the Confucius Institute, dressed in Han-style clothes and danced to the tune of “Chrysanthemum Terrace” to show the beauty of Han-style clothes and dance. The children of the martial arts school also made up their own performances. In the exciting music, their Kung Fu performance makes the audience excited. Their solid basic skills demonstrate the profound connotation of “defusing the conflict and maintaining peace” in Chinese martial arts.


Dance performance

The section of Shandong cultural experience is most popular with children. They enjoy painting kites, writing calligraphy, cutting window patterns and playing Guzheng, all of which make them happy. Kite, also known as “Paper Eagle”, is originated in Weifang. Therefore, Weifang is also known as “city of kites”. The seemingly small and simple kite actually integrates bamboo weaving techniques and hand-drawn art. For the skillful Thai students, painting is their hobby and specialty. They look at the beautiful kite pictures and draw bright colors on the blank kite paper with their imagination.


Painting kites

In the paper cutting part, students, under the guidance of teachers from the Confucius Institute, drew shapes on the paper, and then carefully cut different shapes of window flowers, wall flowers and lantern flowers. They were not satisfied with the new learned techniques, but also created their own paper cutting style, creating more paper cutting patterns.


Cutting paper

In the calligraphy part, students were exposed to pens, ink, paper and ink stones for the first time. They earnestly wrote Chinese characters such as “Shandong” and “Confucius” with brushes.


Teaching Chinese character

In the Guzheng part, many classic songs attracted the attention of audiences, and children plucked the strings with their fingers, playing a pleasant sound.


Playing guzheng


Activities

This activity impressed the Thai students with its various forms and colorful contents, and also stimulated their interest in Shandong culture. As one of the “Chinese tourism and culture station”, the Confucius Institute will share more Chinese scenery, humanities and historical stories with the local people in the future. Meanwhile, it will also listen to Phuket stories and witness its development. The Confucius Institute insists on basing itself on the local conditions and developing its own characteristics, and gradually integrates the characteristics of tourism and business into its daily teaching and activities, thus contributing to building a bridge between China and Thailand.

Story and photo by Fang Hengkun