Intl students explore ancient and modern aspects of Beijing
Updated: 2017-08-16

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Overseas students from Tongji University pose for a group photo during their cultural trip Beijing, China's capital city from July 8 to 12. [Photo/tongji.edu.cn]

Twenty-seven overseas students studying at Tongji University in Shanghai embarked on a five-day trip to Beijing, China's political, economic and cultural hub, from July 8 to 12.

They visited the capital city's luxuriant historical and cultural sites and monuments, such as the Palace Museum, established in 1925 as one of the most prestigious museums in China and the world at large, and has witnessed the vicissitude of Ming and Qing dynasties (1368-1911).

The foreign youngsters were amazed by the criss-crossing hutong (alleyway) dotted around the city, which they regarded more attractive than the high-rise buildings and large mansions commonly seen in metropolitan cities.

Wiggers Thore from Germany marveled at the unique layout and structure of various hutong, especially its combination with other lanes and courtyards, which resemble a chessboard with delicate gardens, fine rockeries and ancient ruins when viewed from above.

The modern aspect of Beijing, represented by the novel design of the National Stadium and the National Aquatics Center, nicknamed as Bird's Nest and Water Cube for their shape, also aroused great interest among the students. They spoke highly of the splendid night views when admired from afar.

The students expressed their gratitude to Tongji's foreign student's office for the thoughtful arrangement, which provided them an enjoyable and spectacular trip. They also cherished the good relationship with new friends and looked forward to more outdoor events around China in the future.

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Wiggers Thore from Germany poses when climbing the Mutianyu Great Wall. [Photo/tongji.edu.cn]

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