Vis­i­tors learn about Guangxi cul­ture

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By ZHANG LI in Qinzhou, Guangxi zhangli@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Stu­dents from South­east Asian coun­tries

Some 70 in­ter­na­tional stu­dents from 14 coun­tries who are pur­su­ing their stud­ies in the Guangxi Zhuang au­ton­o­mous re­gion ac­quainted them­selves with lo­cal cul­ture by tak­ing a two-day sight­see­ing trip hosted by the China Schol­ar­ship Coun­cil in June in Qinzhou, Guangxi.

Or­ga­nized by Guangxi Univer­sity, the tour aimed to pro­vid­ing bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of China’s re­gional de­vel­op­ment and cul­ture di­ver­sity for for­eign stu­dents who ob­tain the Chi­nese Govern­ment Schol­ar­ship granted by the coun­cil.

Qu Jiao­hua, the or­ga­nizer from Guangxi Univer­sity, said, “We sim­ply hope that the stu­dents can make Alya, a 26-year-old stu­dent from Ye­men friends with each other and en­joy their stay in Guangxi de­spite their na­tion­al­i­ties.”

Lo­cated in the south of Beibu Gulf, Qinzhou serves as a hub to pro­mote Chi­naASEAN co­op­er­a­tion and is fa­mous for the pro­duc­tion of Nix­ing pot­tery, one of the four great pot­tery styles in China.

Po Laobangher, a stu­dent at Guangxi Nor­mal Univer­sity from Laos, was im­pressed by the visit to China-Malaysia Qinzhou In­dus­trial Park on June 18.

“I am re­ally im­pressed by the achieve­ments that China has made to co­op­er­ate with South­east Asian coun­tries and I wish there could be a plat­form like this to boost in­vest­ment and trade be­tween Laos and China,” Laobangher said.

The stu­dents on tour later ex­pe­ri­enced the joy of mak­ing Nix­ing pot­tery them­selves at Qinzhou Univer­sity, where they mer­rily joined lo­cal stu­dent as­so­ci­a­tion ac­tiv­i­ties such as cal­lig­ra­phy, pa­per-cut­ting and tai chi.

Alya, a 26-year-old stu­dent from Ye­men, ap­pre­ci­ated her ad­ven­tures in China.

“If I weren’t in China I wouldn’t have any chance to be ex­posed to such a charm­ing an­cient cul­ture and per­haps I would be mar­ried at my age,” she said.

In re­cent years, more in­ter­na­tional stu­dents, es­pe­cially those from South­east Asian coun­tries, pre­fer to ap­ply to uni­ver­si­ties in Guangxi.

“I at­tribute this to the ge­o­graph­i­cal prox­im­ity as well as the in­creas­ing fel­low­ship sup­port,” said Chen Bi­lan, as­sis­tant dean of the In­ter­na­tional Ed­u­ca­tion In­sti­tute of Guangxi Univer­sity.

Ac­cord­ing to Chen, 80 per­cent of the 1,710 for­eign stu­dents at the in­sti­tute are from ASEAN coun­tries. Each year, 46 stu­dents can be granted this honor.

Ab­dul­rah­man Suleiman,

25,Tan­za­nia,mas­terof­pub­lic

re­gion in June. show their cal­lig­ra­phy works at Qinzhou Univer­sity in the Guangxi Zhuang au­ton­o­mous If I weren’t in China I wouldn’t have any chance to be ex­posed to such a charm­ing an­cient cul­ture and per­haps I would be mar­ried atmy age.” “I got a schol­ar­ship to study in Chongqing and other cities. Chongqing peo­ple are the best. I made a lot of friends here and I re­ally en­joy eat­ing the spicy food.” “I am a big fan of Pek­ing opera and I love Chi­nese fairy tales. I have gained 15 kilo­grams in the past three years thanks to de­li­cious Chi­nese food. My dream is to be­come a diplo­mat and make my own con­tri­bu­tion to bi­lat­eral re­la­tions.”

Thun­y­achart Laphong­panit,

21,Thailand,se­niorstu­dent Univer­sity

“With its rapid de­vel­op­ment, China’s in­ter­na­tional in­flu­ence is in­creas­ing. Now we are study­ing in China. Be­sides the knowl­edge in text­books, we should try to gain in­sight into China to pre­pare for our fu­ture jobs. This ac­tiv­ity helps us to know what a real job is and how we should pre­pare for our fu­ture.”

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