Thai students experience Chinese culture
Updated: 2017-10-20

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Students from Thailand learn silk-weaving techniques in Suzhou, Jiangsu province, on Oct 14. [Photo from WeChat account SHU-ISU]

Shanghai University (SHU) welcomed a group of 80 students from Thailand on Oct 10, inviting them for two weeks of immersion in Chinese culture and beautiful landscapes.

Wang Haiyan, Party secretary of the College of International Exchange at SHU, said he hoped students would appreciate the chance to learn more about China and make friends with their Chinese partners.

"Read great books and do great travels, they both enrich your life," Wang said.

The students seemed to have heeded Wang's words. They not only eagerly participated in Chinese language classes, but also delved into such cultural activities as martial arts, and traditional Chinese music and instruments.

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Thai students learn Chinese martial arts. [Photo from WeChat account SHU-ISU]

Students were taken on a thorough tour around Suzhou and Hangzhou on Oct 14-15, taking in the vibrant culture and picturesque landscapes of the region.

In Suzhou, students took a cruise along the Grand Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site believed to have nurtured the local economy and culture for hundreds of years. The tour also visited a local silk factory, detailing Chinese embroidery's history and offering students first-hand experience of silk-weaving techniques.

While in the Zhejiang provincial capital of Hangzhou, students were enchanted by the sparkling beauty of Xihu Lake and the legend of Lady White Snake, a romantic folk tale concerning the snake-turned-human Bai Suzhen and the poor but handsome herbalist Xu Xian.

Students also visited Shanghai's Oriental Pearl Tower and were entertained by demonstrations of tea culture and acrobatic performances.

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Students pose for a group photo. [Photo from WeChat account SHU-ISU]

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