中国语言文化节 | 一场精美的文化盛宴
  • 2023-03-26
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From March 14 to 20, 2023, SHBS held its Chinese Language and Culture Festival. This week-long festival included 4 sessions: "Floating Lanterns on the River", "Chinese Calligraphy Appreciation", "Wearing Han Costumes" and "Touring a Garden Party."

Part 01


Floating Lanterns on the River


Floating Lanterns on the River is one of the traditional customs of the Chinese nation. People put candles or wicks on the bottom of the paper lampshade and then put the handmade lanterns on rivers, lakes and seas to convey good wishes and blessings.


On March 14, the Cultural Week began with "Floatin Lanterns on the River". After students finished their night study hall, they, led by their teachers, came to the side of the Dadian Lake, put down their own unique lanterns in which they had reposed strong emotions. River lanterns floated slowly in twos and threes away from the shore, and students and teachers were impressed by the flickering candle light on the surface of the river.

(注:宏润博源一直都非常重视环保,负责老师已经提前联系河灯到达彼岸之后的环保善后。SHBS always promotes environment-friendly practices. Teachers in charge have arranged in advance the recollection of those lanterns when they floated away.)

Part 02


Chinese Calligraphy Appreciation 


March 15 saw the "Chinese Calligraphy Apprecitaion" activity held outside the teaching building. Several desks were surrounded by fairy calligraphy gauze, which created a poetic atmosphere. Students came and sat at the desks in their spare time, and conveyed their innermost feelings and dreams through Chinese calligraphy.

Part 03


"Han Costume & Garden Party"


On March 20, two activities, i.e. "Wearing Han Costume" and "Touring Garden Party", were held at the same time. Teachers and students put on the traditional costumes of various dynasties of the Chinese nation, exchanged ancient currency (copper coins), and toured the vivid simulated ancient fair together.



A stage was set up at the entrance of the fair. People gathered in front of the stage to watch performances with rich ethnic features.


First, Felicity, Diana and Alisa brought their own musical instruments and played a tune named Liuyang River together. As a classic Chinese folk song, this song has been widely spread and performed by various artists in different ways and styles since it was created. 3 players performed Konghou, bamboo flute and hulusi, three Chinese national instruments, respectively, making the song so unique.


Then, Alice brought us the dance "Red Scale", which drew on the form of classical ballet and showed the charm of Chinese fairy tales. The dancer was so charming and graceful.

最后,王老师和他的搭档为大家带来了精彩的黄梅戏表演。黄梅戏,原名黄梅调、采茶戏等,起源于湖北黄梅,发展壮大于安徽安庆,与京剧、越剧、评剧 、豫剧并称“中国五大戏曲剧种”。两位老师专业的唱腔让现场连连爆发出热烈的掌声。

Finally, Mr. Wang Wanyou and his partner performed a scene of Huangmei Opera. Huangmei Opera, formerly known as Huangmei Tune, tea Picking Opera, etc., originated from Huangmei in Hubei Province and developed and grew in Anqing, Anhui Province. Together with Peking Opera, Yue Opera, Pingju Opera and Henan Opera, Huangmei Opera is considered one of "China's five major operas". Two performers’ professional singing skills made the audience burst into warm applause.


After watching the performance, students gathered at the entrance of the fair, ready to enjoy touring the garden party!


Before the tour started, don't forget to get the "original stamp collecting cards" which were designed and made by teachers and students to serve as the tour guide. Four original stickers designed by Luca and Amy corresponded to the four sessions of the activity, and 12 stamps corresponded to the 12 stalls in the fair. Follow the editor, take the cards with you and collect a stamp from each stall. Hurry up!


Dumpling stall


Shaped like a half moon or a gold ingot, Jiaozi, a traditional Chinese food, is a dumpling wrapped with dough and filled with stuffings. The ready-made dumplings can be steamed, fried or boiled with soup. Ms. Wang Ling and Mr. Chen Bin worked together to make and boil delicious dumplings and attracted crowds of students and teachers to queue up in front of their stall.


A stall selling sugar-coated haws


Originated in the Southern Song Dynasty, Sugar-coated haws, or Tanghulu, are a traditional Chinese snack generally made of haw string, coated with sugar, and then frozen hard. It tastes sweet and sour. Handmade sugar-coated haws revived the essence of the traditional snack and thus they were quickly sold out.


A stall selling Tea & Cakes


Here, students could watch the Chinese tea ceremony, taste a cup of tea, and take a bite of traditional Chinese cakes (peach cake, green ball, coconut ball, Mung bean cake).


A Stall selling Spring Rolls


Spring rolls, also known as spring pancakes, spring plates, or pancake, are a traditional Chinese folk food served during festivals, and is popular all over China, especially in regions south of the Yangtze River and other places. Being a mouth-watering snack, fried spring rolls taste crisp and delicious.


A stall selling fermented glutinous rice balls


Fermented glutinous rice is called "rice wine" or "sweet wine" in the northern China. Its brewing process is simple. Tasting sweet and mellow, it is widely popular with people. Students ate rice balls in front of the stall and enjoyed its sweetness very much.


A stall where arrows were thrown into a bamboo tube


It is a kind of throwing game played by ancient Chinese officials' while they were attending banquets. It was also an etiquette popular in the Warring States period, further developed in the Tang Dynasty, and was carried forward. The one who throws the most arrows into the tube wins the game. The rules seem simple, but it’s very difficult to throw the arrows exactly into the tube. Students couldn’t wait to try playing the game and have fun.


A stall where the game of shuttlecock kicking is played


Shuttlecock, also known as shuttlecock ball, is a game device made by fixing chicken feathers onto a round base. As one of the ancient traditional folk sports events, it could date back to more than 2,000 years ago. As a simple and easy kind of workout, it is widely popular with teenagers and kids. Students had a shuttlecock kicking competition, and they enjoyed themselves so much as if they were brought back to their happy childhood.


A stall where the game of spinning top was played


Spinning top is one of the earliest folk entertainment tools in China. The top half of the top is round, and the bottom is sharp. it used to be made of wood, but now it is made mostly of plastic or iron. While playing, one winds the whip around the top and suddenly unwind the whip so that the top rotates upright, and then by striking it repeatedly with a whip, one keeps it spinning. Students competed in pairs, and audience could "bet" on the winners and get coins from the losers. It was an exciting and fun game.


A stall where a quiz show was going on


In front of the stall, students drew questions such as "Fei Hua Ling" and "guessing lantern riddles" from bamboo tubes and then tried to answer the questions. This quiz required not only much knowledge of the structure of Chinese characters, but also a large reserve of ancient poetry.


A stall where Shadow plays were made


Shadow puppets, also known as "shadow play" or "lantern play", is a kind of folk drama in which characters are silhouetted in animal skins or cardboard so as to tell stories. At the stall, students could try painting and carving of characters in shadow play stories and carve out their own characters with their own hands.


A stall where various Han Costumes were made


This stall provided various original models of Han Costumes (2D), as well as fabric and double-sided tape, giving students the opportunity to make their own unique costume models. We hope that students will have real interaction with cultural symbols while making their costumes and have a better understanding of how the costumes look like.


In addition to the 12 fixed stalls, a series of activities called "Hydrangea Wedding"was organized at the garden party, bringing everyone into the ancient wedding scene with life-like performances. The hydrangea thrown from afar was firmly caught in the hands of the students, as if it had gone through thousands of years, and passed on to those who would keep on with the relay of Chinese culture. 


I hope Chinese Language and Culture Week will leave everyone with unforgettable memory. Although all of us will study abroad, we believe the power of Chinese culture will always light up our path ahead.

文 | Kevin Gu

审核 | Xu Wu

翻译 | Dawn Xu

排版 | Jang