China Cultural Center students try to perform shadow play during the Scholarship Trip to China in 2015. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]
Outstanding students from overseas China Cultural Centers today will embark on the 2016 Cultural Tour of China in Beijing.
Students from 18 overseas centers, including Cairo, Paris and Sydney, will first experience culture in Beijing and then explore it in their sister cities, respectively.
Beijing is the major destination of the tour. In Beijing, to get a closer look at China's traditional culture, students will visit ancient sites, including the Forbidden City, the Great Wall and the Summer Palace. Meanwhile, they will visit modern landmarks, such as the Bird's Nest and the Water Cube. They also will listen to a lecture on Peking Opera, view a Chinese tea ceremony in the Laoshe Teahouse and observe craftsmen create traditional handicrafts like Beijing snacks, sugar figurines, paper-cuts and calligraphy. The tour will publicize China's deep-rooted traditions and impressive modernity, not only among foreign students, but far and wide.
A distribution map shows locations of overseas China Cultural Centers. [Photo/Chinaculture.org]
The tour is popular among participating students and the public. It developed from the 2004 Scholarship Trip and aims at awarding a field visit to overseas students who are good at Chinese, Chinese painting and calligraphy, kung fu and other aspects of Chinese culture. As a great exchange and experience, it will further promote Chinese culture, optimize resources from home and abroad and eventually evolve into an iconic sharing platform for domestic and foreign cultural institutions. It has been held 12 times under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and overseas China Cultural Centers.
The 2016 tour is organized by the Ministry of Culture's Bureau for External Cultural Relations, along with the Centre of International Cultural Exchange and the China Arts and Entertainment Group.