Niche ways to spend a summer holiday in China
Updated: 2017-09-01

Overseas students studying at Fudan University in Shanghai shared their unique experiences of spending the summer holidays in China.

Summer camp

Chinsho Kinuyo, a Japanese student who majored in news media, shared her experience of attending a summer program organized by the Bai Xian Asia Institute (BXAI) in Taiwan from July 31 to Aug 16.

As Fudan's only winner of the BXAI Asian Future Scholarship in 2016, Kinuyo was delighted to get together with 116 other scholars from China, Japan and South Korea and participate in constructive dialogues, establishing mutual understanding and developing lifelong friendships.

She also had the opportunity to hear from and interact with renowned figures in the arts, sciences, politics, academia, non-profit and business. Their ideas and insights have inspired the Japanese woman to foster deeper learning about various important issues in East Asia.

Kinuyo cherishes the connections she has established with BXAI scholars, lecturers, students and university staff members.

"The program was very rewarding," she said.

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Chinsho Kinuyo, a Japanese student who majored in news media at Fudan University, attends a summer program organized by the Bai Xian Asia Institute in Taiwan from July 31 to Aug 16. [Photo from WeChat account bxai_2014]

Social practice

Tran Ba Hieu from Vietnam was awarded a prize from the government of Yushu Tibetan autonomous prefecture in Qinghai province, for his endless efforts in promoting local cultural tourism and protection of the eco-environment over the recent summer holidays.

He joined a voluntary team making a documentary film for China Central Television in 2015. The film recorded a journey seeking people's ancient roots along Lantsang River, a mother river that crosses China's Yunnan, Sichuan and Qinghai provinces.

Though he was fatigued by the long journey and lack of sleep, and suffered altitude stress and weight loss, the young man said he regards the experience as precious and unforgettable.

"It is better to travel 10,000 miles than to read 10,000 books,” Hieu said.

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Tran Ba Hieu (fifth from left in the first row) poses for a photo at a tourism promotion event held by the government of Yushu Tibetan autonomous prefecture, Qinghai province, in June. [Photo from WeChat account fudanunivs]

International competition

Nageh Mohamed Ibrahim Mohamed Taha, a doctoral student in Chinese language and literature, is seen by his friends as a man of planning.

The young Egyptian arranged his summer holidays so he could learn French and attend the 2017 Youth Innovation Competition on Global Governance, which took place in the Kazakhstani capital, Astana, in July.

Other participants appreciated his innovative ideas, such as developing an industry to make lithium batteries in Afghanistan and creating ways to eliminate poverty through basic income.

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Nageh Mohamed Ibrahim Mohamed Taha (left) shows his certificate issued by the organizing committee of the 2017 Youth Innovation Competition on Global Governance. [Photo from WeChat account fudanunivs]

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