On June 6, more than 50 international students from Russia, India, Vietnam, South Korea, Brazil and other countries started a journey to experience traditional Chinese culture at Guiyang Confucius Academy. The abundant cultural activities including visiting Confucius Academy, listening to lectures on traditional etiquette, wearing Hanfu, reciting Chinese classics, and experiencing Chinese tea culture and food culture have attracted overseas students to enjoy the charm of Chinese traditional culture.
In the Confucius Exhibition Hall, the commentator introduced to the international students the use and evolution of various bronze wares including Ding (Tripod Caldron) and Jue (an ancient wine vessel with three legs and a loop handle). Later, the commentator explained the profound meaning of the inscriptions on the Tripod Caldron to the international students in recording ancient laws and regulations, canonization and sacrifice rituals.
In the etiquette lecture, foreign students dressed in Hanfu read the classics together with their teachers. While experiencing the Chinese etiquette, they learned to make a bow with hands folded in front and had personal experience of ancient Chinese poetry. Under the guidance of their teachers, foreign students used movable-type printing to produce printed works – Chinese Tang and Song poetry in the movable-type printing experience classroom. International students took photos one after another to record the wonderful moments of acquiring Chinese culture.
In order to experience the food culture, the overseas students made dumplings under the teacher’s guidance and also tasted Guizhou snacks Vegetarian Spring Rolls. Mina, a student from Bangladesh, told reporters: “China has too many kinds of stuffing for dumplings, and it is also very difficult to knead the wrappers. By contrast, it is easier to master the stuffed Vegetarian Spring Rolls.” However, a Russian student named “Mei Li” in Chinese admitted to reporters, “Russian dumplings are sweet while Chinese dumplings have more tastes and better shapes.”
In the process of experiencing Chinese tea culture, tea artists, whether fiddling with tea sets or fetching water to brew tea, interpreted the concepts of “purity, elegance, courtesy and harmony” in the tea art, showing the breadth and depth of Chinese tea culture to overseas students through pleasant tea art performance.