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Taiwan youths enjoy mainland summer trip
By Zhu Zhe and Wang Zhuoqiong (China Daily)
Updated: 2005-07-12 05:51

It was hard to tell which was higher yesterday, Beijing's temperature or the mood of the 1,123 Taiwanese youths attending the 2005 Summer Camp.


Taiwan students attending the 2005 Summer Camp in Beijing pose for a photo with a local actor in historic dress at the Ancient Emperorís Temple in Xicheng District. Some 1,123 Taiwan youths have joined the 15-day summer camp, organized by the All China Taiwanese Association. [newsphoto]

Under the blazing sun, they cheered the opening of their camp by waving their flags at Zhongshan Park.

Held by the All China Taiwanese Association, the 15-day summer camp attracted 895 members from the island, most of whom are university students.

Taiwanese students who study on the mainland or overseas also joined the camp, expecting to experience more Chinese culture and make new friends.

"It's my first time here," said Xu Yuanhao, a 20-year-old student from Taipei. "Everything looks exciting."

Though he broke his leg a few days before the trip and is temporarily confined to a wheelchair, Xu insisted on attending.

"Besides the historical sights here, what I'm interested in most is the 2008 Olympic Games," Xu said. "Before we leave Beijing, the trip organizing committee will select 100 camp members and offer them free trips to Beijing in 2008. I hope I can be that lucky!"

No wonder the two-hour lecture by Jiang Xiaoyu, vice-chairman of the organizing committee for the Games, was so popular.
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