Two international students try their hands at Chinese calligraphy during a Chinese language experiential program in Hangzhou. [Photo/hangzhou.com.cn]
The online Chinese language experiential program initiated by the Center for Language Education and Cooperation of the Ministry of Education and organized by Hangzhou Normal University recently came to a close.
The program drew over 300 international students from the United States, New Zealand, Germany, Vietnam, and Rwanda to learn about Chinese language and culture.
During the program, participants were taken to various companies and education institutes where they tried their hands at Chinese calligraphy, martial arts, traditional Chinese medicine, Chinese food, and drama shows.
Michayla Smith from Berea College in the US said that he had learned much from this program and would relish more of such experiences.
Fred Rurangwa from Rwanda said that the program helped correct his misconception of kung fu. He initially thought that its main purpose was about fighting, but he learned that it is actually about promoting peace and harmony.
Geng Yuran, who was born in Beijing but now lives in Vancouver, said that he will continue to learn Chinese language and culture following this trip.
During the virtual closing ceremony, Chinese musician Su Yang sang a song with Grammy Award winner Jim Lauderdale.
International students practice Chinese martial arts in Hangzhou. [Photo/hangzhou.com.cn]