From Shanghai to Anhui: college students expand culturally
Updated: 2017-05-16

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A group of Chinese and overseas students from Shanghai University pose for a group photo during their visit to the neighboring province of Anhui from May 4 to 6. [Photo from WeChat account SHU-ISU]

A group of 64 Chinese and overseas students from Shanghai University took a cultural exploration trip to Anhui province from May 4 to 6, learning folk culture and appreciating the local scenery.

At their first stop, the Tangmo Ancient Village, the students were introduced to a cluster of well-known Hui-style gardens – white walls, black tiles and wooden windows – blending into a harmonious whole with exquisite small bridges and flowing streams.

While taking a night stroll down Tunxi Old Street, the students immersed themselves in the distinctive riverside views which released them from the fatigue of their journey.

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Students from Shanghai University attend a traditional enlightenment ceremony for children held at Nanping village on May 5. [Photo from WeChat account SHU-ISU]

On the second day, May 5, the students set foot in Hongcun village, a well-preserved Hui-style settlement with a history stretching back more than 800 years. Boasting the quality of a painting, Hongcun's beauty won the students' great admiration.

At the ancient village of Nanping, the students took a "time machine" back to their childhood, attending a traditional children's enlightenment ceremony, a gift from China's ancient civilization.

They also had some first-hand "down-to-earth" experiences – trying ancient farm tools, learning a unique local engraving art, and trying time-honored techniques of ink-making.

The trip's final stop was the Emerald Valley, a natural treasure lying tranquilly near renowned Huangshan Mountain. In twos and threes, the students stood before the splendid views, marveling at the uncanny workmanship of nature.

The trip was a chance for the students to experience authentic Chinese culture and gain a sense of the country's history.

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Students from Shanghai University try to use an ancient farm tool during their visit to Nanping village on May 5. [Photo from WeChat account SHU-ISU]

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