SW China enchants Tongji overseas students
Updated: 2017-06-08

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A group of overseas students from Tongji University visit Lizhuang Middle School in Southwest China's Sichuan province on May 22 and pose for a group photo with local teenagers. [Photo provided to study-shanghai.org]

Some 20 overseas students from Tongji University were given a cultural tour of Southwest China's Sichuan province from May 20 to 25.

Lizhuang, a picturesque ancient town, was their first stop. Tongji University was relocated to the town after the Japanese invasion of East China during World War II, and the students had the opportunity to visit the former Lizhuang campus.

The students also spent an enjoyable afternoon at Lizhuang Middle School, where they helped broaden the horizons of the local teenage students.

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An overseas student from Tongji University shares Tongji brochures and souvenirs with local teenagers studying at Lizhuang Middle School. [Photo provided to study-shanghai.org]

Nicolas, a student from Argentina, introduced his homeland's mouthwatering cuisine of grilled beef, and Mongolian classmate Soko taught the local pupils how to perform a folk dance with drums decorated by iron rings. Inesh from Sri Lanka and Niko from Albania even organized a fierce rugby game with the adolescents.

Upon leaving, the overseas students also shared with their local partners some Tongji brochures and souvenirs, and hoped for more long-term exchanges in the future.

The group had the opportunity to visit several neighboring cities over the following days, seeing the giant Buddha carvings in Leshan, marveling at the world's oldest surviving irrigation system in Dujiangyan, and touring the capital city of Chengdu, the land of abundance and the home of the giant panda.

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Overseas students from Tongji University tour Leshan and experience its rich Buddhist heritage. [Photo provided to study-shanghai.org]

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