2013 study tours come to a close

The Confucius Institute‚Äôs 2013 study tours to Shanghai and the Silk Road have come to a successful close.

2013 study tours come to a close 

The Confucius Institute’s 2013 study tours to Shanghai and the Silk Road have come to a successful close. With 40 students taking in the bustling metropolis of Shanghai, the Ming Dynasty capital Nanjing, Gansu provincial capital Gansu and sites along the famed imperial trade route, these study tours are a highlight of the Confucius Institute’s calendar each year.

Both cohorts undertook intensive Chinese language courses and had the valuable opportunity to practice their Chinese in real life in-country settings.

Shanghai students paid a special visit to the Shanghai Volkswagen Dazhong Automotive Factory and observed the production line at one of the world’s most important automotive manufacturing hubs.

Students attended a lecture on China’s state-owned enterprises and Australia’s political relationship with China, as well as a seminar on China’s economy, given by Confucius Institute Director Laurie Pearcey and Associate Director Dr Emma Junfang Xi respectively.

Tai-chi lessons, calligraphy classes and cultural visits to sites including the Nanjing Sun Yatsen Mausoleum, Ming Tombs and the famed Dunhuang Caves at the heart of the ancient Silk Road, complemented the core study program for both cohorts.