Some Foreign Master and Doctoral Students from SCU Went to Liangshan for a Yi Culture Tour

From November 12th to 14th, 30 foreign winners of Confucius Institute Scholarship and high-calibre international students of “985 Project” went to the capital city ofLiangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture-Xichangfor a culture tour. These students are from 11 countries and regions includingUSA,UK,GermanyandPoland. 

On November 12, these students personally experienced from their long-distance bus journey the convenience and visual shock brought by the expressway above the clouds—Ya’an-Xichang Expressway, which is recognized by specialist and scholars at home and abroad as one of the expressways in mountain areas with the worst natural environment, the biggest engineering difficulty and the richest technological contents in China or even in the world.The expressway passes through continuous mountains and precipitous terrain with beautiful natural scenery. Along the journey, the students enjoyed the landscape of lakes and hills, experienced the visual stimulus and shock brought by the expressway crossing lofty and steep mountains, and got surprised at the wisdom and hard work of the Chinese people for construction of the expressway. 

On the second day, they had a tour toLushanMountain, one of the wonderful sceneries in southSichuan, walking along the tourism line to view aged-pines, ancient temples and towers, enjoy the beauty ofQionghaiLake, and appreciate the wonderland featuring “dustless and spring-like verdant forest around green hills and limpid lakes”. And then, they visited the Liangshan Yi Slave Society Museum located in the midst of Lushan, which is the first museum of ethnography inChina, and the only topic museum reflecting slave society in the world. In the pristine and elegant Yi style museum, they witnessed the rich Yi folk custom and culture, while listening to the Yi tour guide’s detailed interpretation, and took photos from time to time of the beautiful objects and interesting presentations. All students were amazed at the detailed and rich contents in the museum. Saifei, a French student, said: “the handcrafts in the museum are really beautiful with delicacy pattern and good text introduction, I like the museum very much. Zhang Taifan, a South Korean student, said: “To me, a student majoring in science of religion, this visit to the museum is of great help, and it is worth of it.”

    On the afternoon, they visited Guanniaodao (Bird-watching Island) Wetland Park in the north end of Qionghai Lake west bank, watching the flying birds, enjoying the natural beauty and appreciating the boundless charm of harmonious ecology; they sensed the environmental awareness of Xichang people.

   After three days’ visit, the students are still longing for more. As a German student Wen Tingting said, such activity helps them know more aboutChina, about Chinese ethnics and cultures inaccessible in class; she further expressed their hopes that the university could launch more such activities in the future.