Students go 'Silk Road' orienteering
Updated: 2018-05-14

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Chinese and international students from Shanghai Jiao Tong University work together to solve a puzzle set at an orienteering event on April 21. [Photo/sjtu.edu.cn]

It was a perfect day to go orienteering on April 21.

The sun was shining, temperatures were in the mid-20-degrees celsius and Chinese and international students from Shanghai Jiao Tong University were united for a Silk Road-themed campus orienteering event.

Siyuan Lake, a landmark sitting at the heart of the campus, resembled Dunhuang city, a pivotal post on the ancient Silk Road. Teams of students had to cooperate on the "Chinese idiom solitaire" and "Draw something", games testing their coordination and Chinese proficiency.

Yumen Pass, another vital communication line on the ancient Silk Road, was set at a roundabout at the campus east side, where students had to work together to solve Kong Ming Lock, a type of puzzle lock composed of many wooden blocks, which is quite hard to play and features exquisite craftsmanship.

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Students work on a water relay with paper cups. [Photo/sjtu.edu.cn]

International students were thrilled at the intellectual challenge the seemingly quite easy-to-play gadget brought to them; they also enjoyed working together, observing patiently, thinking seriously, and finally getting the problem solved.

They went on conquering many "obstacles" along the road: their successful solution to the riddles hidden at the school botanical garden provided them shortcuts to the Turpan Depression; while the water relay played with paper cups encapsulated of the preciousness of water resources in the barren land Northwest China.

The Silk Road orienteering gained a warm response from the students, for its thorough enjoyment and rich cultural meaning. The organizers were also pleased with how it went and would like to arrange more such activities in the future.

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Students partaking in the orienteering pose for a group photo. [Photo/sjtu.edu.cn]

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