On October 22, invited by Beihang Community Committee, foreign students who won Confucius Institute Scholarship (CIS) and part of Chinese students came into Beihang Community for “Savoring Chinese Food”, one of the "Love Beijing, Love Beihang – A Series of Exchange Activities with Foreign Students" held by the committee.
It is the first time for the 10 international students to enter Beihang community where they felt the warmth and enthusiasm of the committee. Wang Yiyi, Deputy Director of Construction Office of Huayuanlu Community and Liu Tonghua, Party Secretary of Beihang Community and Director of the Committee, had a cordial conversation with these students, inquiring about their living conditions in Beijing and Beihang. Bai Tongdi, a CIS student from UK, thanked the committee for providing the opportunity for international students to experience the life of Chinese people. Li Hua from Zimbabwe and Yamamoto Yoko from Japan also showed their voice and talent. The residents talked with the students, and gave handmade pearl weaving works to them as gifts.
Following that, volunteers from Beihang community taught the students how to make dumplings, a traditional Chinese food. They also explained the customs and origins of traditional Chinese festivals to the students. When the hot dumplings were cooked, the students tasted the fruits of their work and sighed, “These dumplings embodies the friendship of our ten countries.” Many students expressed their willingness to participate in more services of Beihang community in the future.
Beihang Community Committee will continue to carry out a series of activities to enhance the understanding between residents and foreign students, so that students can not only experience Chinese culture, but also feel the enthusiasm of Chinese people and the good spirit of Beihang community.
Reported by Zhu Mingmei
Reviewed by Weng Jingnong
Edited by Jia Aiping
Translated by Zhao Yue