In order to further promote Confucianism, especially the culture of southern Confucian, deepen international students’ perception and understanding of excellent Chinese traditional culture, and strengthen the international dissemination of southern Confucian culture, the Quzhou Southern Confucian Development Center organized a southern Confucian cultural experience activity for outstanding scholarship students from Confucius Institutes on April 1 to 2. CIE Master Teacher Workshop on China’s National Situation Education brought more than 30 international students from Thailand, Italy, Russia and Turkmenistan to Quzhou for this activity.
On the afternoon of April 1, the launching ceremony of the Southern Confucian Cultural Experience Tour was held at the Chinese Confucianism Museum. He Jian, Vice Director of the Center, attended the event and delivered a welcome speech. He said that as an important subbranch, Southern Confucian culture is undoubtedly an important part of Confucian culture. He hoped that this activity could give international students a deeper understanding of Southern Confucian culture, enable more international students to know it in the future, and convey Chinese friendship. At the end of the day, the Center gave international students everyone a copy of “The Analects of Confucius”.
The international students, dressing in Chinese Han Dynasty costumes, learned Chinese traditional etiquette such as the bowing rite under the guidance of a Chinese studies teacher. They also visited the Shuitingmen Historical District and the Miaoyuan Village in Jiuhua Township, Ke Cheng District, to fully experience the rich humanistic heritage of the sacred place of Southern Confucian while receiving the cultural inculcation.
The following morning, international students went to Chapu Village to participate in the Tea Picking Festival and experience the fun of picking spring tea in the tea garden. Afterwards, they visited the Wutong Ancestral Hall and the Lichun Exhibition Hall in Miaoyuan Village, Jiuhua Township, to worship the god of spring, Jumang, and pray for a year of good weather and abundant crops, and to learn about the wisdom of the twenty-four Chinese solar terms.
By participating in this activity, international students further understood and appreciated the charm of the culture of Southern Confucian.