Canadian students take part in summer cultural program
Updated: 2018-08-07

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Students show off their calligraphy works. [Photo/ecnu.edu.cn]

The "Canada Learning Initiative in China" program, which saw eight Canadian students embark on cultural exchanges across China, concluded at the East China Normal University in Shanghai on July 16.

After its conclusion, the students shared their thoughts and feelings about their experiences in China. They expressed sincere gratitude to all the teachers and staff members for their contribution to the smooth and successful running of the program.

Over the course of the four weeks, the Canadian youngsters attended various Chinese cultural activities, practiced calligraphy, tai chi and martial arts, and also visited a local elementary school, where the pupils' fluent English and the school's international approach to education greatly impressed them.

The group also visited Tongzi, a county in Southwest China's Guizhou province, where they received warm welcomes from homestay families and got to know about the distinctive local culture. Some of the cultural activities they took part in included trying their hands at picking and frying teas, admiring the unique karst cave landforms, paying a visit to Loushanguan Mountain – a historical site possessing fantastic natural views, and sharing Canadian history and culture with local middle school students.

The program was set up in 2016 by the Department of Cooperation and Exchanges of Ministry of Education of China and the U15 Group of Canadian Research Universities. The program has seen the participation of 11 Chinese and nine Canadian universities to date.

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A Canadian student chats with middle school students from Tongzi, a county in Southwest China's Guizhou province. [Photo/ecnu.edu.cn]

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Canadian students try pick and fry teas at a tea plantation. [Photo/ecnu.edu.cn]

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