Chinese culture is definitely one of the most interesting cultures in the world. It dates back few thousands years, it includes Chinese tea ceremony, Chinese calligraphy, Chinese painting, Kong fu, playing on typical Chinese instruments, Beijing opera, paper-cutting, Mahjong and many others.
Au Pairs come to China not only because of learning a language, spending time with Chinese kids but also for experiencing Chinese culture at first hand. Au Pair Shanghai enables them to get the chance to become masters in Chinese calligraphy or Chinese painting at least for a while.
CHINESE TEA CEREMONY
China is well-known for its variety of teas, green tea, Oolong tea, black tea, Pu-erh tea, etc. Not tasting a Chinese tea while being in China is like being in Paris and not seeing Eiffel Tower.
PLAYING 古筝(gu zheng)
I have no words for describing that nice, soft sound that “gu zheng” makes. We listened to a song about a fisherman with a slow beginning representing a calm, peaceful landscape and a fast end that represented a successful day with many fish caught. Some of the au pairs tried to play it as well.
We also attended a Chinese painting class with a wonderful teacher who explained us mysteries of Chinese painting. We tried to paint a bamboo with his instructions and help.
Chinese characters are like an eight wonder of the world. They look so beautiful but writing them is not easy. If you want it to look professional, that’s almost impossible for foreigners. However, Au Pairs did a great job and even calligraphy teacher was surprised by their knowledge of characters and ability to write it nicely.
This cultural activity day organized by Outuo (Shanghai) Cultural Exchange Co., Ltd. was a great success. We all enjoyed it and learned something new. China is a wonderful country with an amazing culture. Come here and you will never regret it!
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