International Students’ Summer Practice in Shanxi Successfully Concluded
(2022-08-23 09:08:15)

From August 14 to 16, 2022, 25 RUC international students from 12 countries, including Korea, Japan, Thailand, India, Iraq, Pakistan, Tonga, Australia, Germany, Russia, the United States, and Cuba, had a fruitful field study in Datong, Shanxi Province. The students explored the long history of Chinese civilization and witnessed the development of contemporary China by visiting local historical sites and cultural spots.

Mount Heng, one of China’s famous “Five Mountains”, is located in Hunyuan County, Shanxi Province. The students visited the Hanging Temple, the top among the 18 best sights of Mount Heng. The magnificent natural scenery was a delight, and the exquisite architecture of the Hanging Temple and those who built it were also a source of admiration to the students.

Yoon Na Juan, a Korean undergraduate student in the School of Liberal Arts said, “My favorite place in the practice is Mount Heng. China’s history and culture blend with the natural environment, leaving one unable to tell which is more beautiful. Tired as I was, it was being with everyone that allowed me to climb to the top. Again, it made me appreciate the strength of unity.”

At the Nine Dragon Screen, the students appreciated the distinctive beauty of the ancient Chinese “dragon” image. Walking on the ancient city wall of Datong, the students had the chance to have a glimpse at the prosperous capital city of the Northern Wei Dynasty.

At the Yungang Grottos, a World Heritage Site, students visited the stunning cave carvings and marveled at the wisdom, perseverance and artistic attainment of the ancients. At the Yungang Research Institute, Zhang Zhuo, head of the Institute, and Du Peng, Vice President of Renmin University of China, exchanged ideas with the students who expressed their strong interest in cave carving and heritage conservation.

“I was impressed by the fusion of Chinese and Western cultures that the Yungang Grottoes exhibit,” said Minde Gu, a German graduate student at the School of Philosophy. “I also have great respect for people who are committed to preserving cultural heritage. Through this event, I had the opportunity to meet and communicate with students from different countries and majors.”

In Datong Museum, the students listened carefully to the explanation. Pieces of cultural relics became vivid in the narration of the guide, and the splendid civilization of China for 5,000 years spread out in front of the students.

At the end of the trip, the team visited the Wangyou Farm, the planting base of Datong yellow flower, where the manager of the base introduced the basic situation and the business model of the farm to the students.

Wu Jiapeng, an American doctoral student from the School of Finance, felt quite inspired and said, “In my previous impression, a farm was just a place to grow crops, but the business model and management concept of Wangyou Farm have greatly enriched the use scenarios of the farm; the partners’ Farm+X model also provides unlimited possibilities for farm development. It is because of such multi-talented young people who are willing to devote themselves to the construction of new rural areas that poor areas can be lifted out of poverty so quickly and come into full prosperity.”

This summer practice in Datong, Shanxi Province, enhanced the friendship among students from different countries, and enabled international students to further understand Chinese culture, experience civilization heritage, and aspire to apply what they have learned.

Lee Mi-ryun, a Korean undergraduate student in the School of Liberal Arts said, ” I have learned about ancient Chinese history, the diverse artistic styles of ancient times, and the hard work of modern entrepreneurs. These are precious memories, the most valuable treasures in the heart.”

Tomomi Kobayashi, a Japanese master’s student in the School of Arts, said, “I was deeply impressed by the inclusiveness and uniqueness of the cultural fusion in Datong. Before, my impression of Datong was stuck in ‘coal capital’ and ‘northern lock and key’, but this social practice made me understand that Datong City in Shanxi Province has a thousand years of cultural heritage, integrating the essence of many cultures and carrying the glory of Chinese civilization. I am grateful to have this valuable opportunity, and I am also greatly looking forward to studying together with everyone in the future!”

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