Foreign experts schooled in Chinese culture

By Hu Dongmei in Yinchuan and Zhou Huiying | | Updated: 2021-02-09 15:34
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A group of foreign experts from the United Kingdom, Morocco, Algeria, the United States, Germany and some other countries gathered at the Yuelu Academy of Classical Learning in Yinchuan, Ningxia Hui autonomous region, on Sunday to celebrate the upcoming Spring Festival.

The activity, organized by the region's Department of Science and Technology, provided a unique experience with traditional Chinese cultures for the experts, who chose to spend their Spring Festival holiday in China.

During the activity, the experts learned to play the guzheng, or Chinese zither, and appreciated Chinese paintings and a Tai Chi performance. They also tasted Chinese tea.

Under the guidance of a calligrapher, they tried to write the couplets and the Chinese character fu, which means happiness.

"I really love the color of red in the festival, which means wealth in Chinese culture," said Steve from Algeria. "I will stay with my girlfriend in Ningxia during the holiday and enjoy various delicious local foods."

Matt Mears from the UK said, "I have quite an unforgettable and nice memory of the village of Zhongwei from the Spring Festival of 2020. I will go to Zhongwei again for this year's holiday, looking for a rural festival atmosphere."

Cai Yuxin, Ye Jiahua and Bian Guyue contributed to this story.

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