Foreigners experience Chinese culture in Jiading
Updated: 2018-04-02

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Foreigners play games in Juyuan New Area, Jiading, Shanghai. [Photo/jiading.gov.cn]

Juyuan New Area in Jiading district of Shanghai recently welcomed a group of special guests who came to experience traditional Chinese culture.

The guests included foreign consuls and overseas students who now study in Shanghai.

They visited many traditional culture-featured sites such as Mingzhi Hall, which currently China's largest inscription brick museum. The inscriptions on the bricks are evidences of ancient Chinese history.

They picked strawberries and appreciated blooming cherry blossoms at a local orchard, experiencing the changes in agriculture caused by modern technology.

They enjoyed tea art, ate snacks such as glutinous rice ball, multi-layer steamed bread and wonton, and learned intangible cultural heritage items such as straw weaving, and tie and dye technique.

They also had opportunities to watch traditional performances such as pingtan (an age-old type of storytelling and ballad singing) and Songhu Opera, as well as a cheongsam (a body-hugging one-piece Chinese dress for women) show.

Wang Like, a 21-year-old overseas student from Congo currently studying at Shanghai University of Electric Power, said that he gained a new understanding of traditional Chinese culture after wearing Han costume, touching the inscription bricks, and listening to pingtan.

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A group of foreigners visit Mingzhi Hall, China's current largest inscription brick museum, in Juyuan New Area, Jiading, Shanghai. [Photo/jiading.gov.cn]

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