Memorable Roots-seeking Tour in Chengdu

Authors: Go Chengdu

2014-08-04

The 10-day summer camp, also called the “Root-seeking Tour”, provides a varied program combining education with entertainment for 103 young overseas Chinese born in foreign countries.
Liu Yuming, a student from the Atlanta Contemporary Chinese Academy, the US, is enjoying the unique experience in Chengdu as a member of the 2014 Overseas Chinese Teenagers Summer Camp, which is designed to help young overseas Chinese better know China and understand the Chinese culture.

Sponsored by the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council and organized by Sichuan Normal University, the 10-day summer camp, also called the “Root-seeking Tour”, provides a varied program combining education with entertainment for 103 young overseas Chinese born in foreign countries, including the UK, the US, New Zealand, Singapore and Russia.

Liu said this is her fourth visit to Chengdu and her grandparents are living here:“I want to learn more about Chengdu because I am a Chengdu girl. I think Chengdu is becoming more beautiful and fashionable and I like the city.”

During the summer camp session, the youngsters visited famous scenic spots like the Du Fu Thatched Museum, Jinli Street and watched performances featuring traditional Chinese art and culture, such as Sichuan Opera.

Members of the summer camp also paid visits to Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, Mount Emei, Leshan Giant Buddha, Anren Ancient Town and Ping’le Ancient Town and they enjoyd classes on Chinese art, kungfu, paper-cut, Chinese calligraphy, traditional typography and so on, which not only help them understand the Chinese history but also make the youngsters experience the life in Chengdu.

The Root-seeking Summer Camp debuted in 1999 and has become an attracting annual event for overseas Chinese youths.

Zhang Xiaojun, one of the instructors of the summer camp, from Moscow, said she recommended students to choose to come to Chengdu for the reason that Chengdu is a city with a long history and the traditional culture is well preserved in the city.

“I hope my children can learn to appreciate Chinese traditions and values by joining in this summer camp,” said Zhang, who has been living in Russia for more than 10 years and is now principal of Moscow East Chinese School.
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