Global carnival adorns Shanghai campus
Updated: 2017-12-11

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Russian students dress in traditional costumes at the 2017 global carnival of Shanghai International Studies University on Dec 5. [Photo provided to study-shanghai.org]

A festive atmosphere filled Shanghai International Studies University on Dec 5 as the school launched its annual global carnival at its Hongkou campus.

In its fourth edition, the carnival aims to promote cultural and student exchanges between various countries and regions.

Students from 24 countries and regions, including Belgium, Romania, France, Bulgaria, Uzbekistan, Thailand, Vietnam and Pakistan, participated in the event. Each was provided with a booth to display the best of their country's culture, history and traditions.

Russian students dressed in traditional clothes, presented matryoshka dolls and served homemade apple and potato pies. Saudi Arabian students brewed their country's famous coffee and invited everyone to try on kaffiyeh, a traditional Middle Eastern headdress.

While South Korean students cooked up a spicy stir-fried dish for attendees, their neighbors from Japan presented paintings and works of calligraphy featuring well-known anime and manga characters.

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Students collect stamps from each exhibitor. [Photo/Global Times]

More than 800 international and Chinese students attended the event, immersing themselves in the festive air.

During an interactive portion, visitors collected a postcard upon entry, had it stamped at each booth they visited, and later exchanged these stamps for a small gift. The event also hosted an online poll held via WeChat, which asked visitors to choose their favorite booth and comment on their choice. Teams from Thailand, Uzbekistan and Pakistan took the top three poll positions.

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Traditional dishes from 24 countries and regions are offered at the Dec 5 event. [Photo/Global Times]

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