Lily Yang (杨莉莉）
Liliane Moothoo (马莉莲）
Liliane: Well, Lily. 我也觉得时间过得很快。And the things that we've learnt at Fudan, I know that we can use it as a stepping stone towards our future studies in Chinese.
Lily:Yes, you’re definitely right! 在这个短期时间中,从我们在上海和复旦大学的经验,大家都通过了很多非常有趣的事情。比如说:除了上课以外,我们学了书法,练太极拳,参观了一些上海有名的地方,还有看了一场杂技表演和一部电影。
Liliane: Not only did we do all those great cultural immersion activities but we also got an opportunity to have adventures of our own.
We've eaten a lot of delicious food, seen the lively scenery in and outside of Shanghai, went out and made memories with friends, had time to study and do homework, blogging for the USYD China Exchange blog and shopping.
And thanks to our intensive study and the usage of the Chinese that we've learnt during our stay, our Chinese must have improved a lot.
And I'm sure that everyone had a wonderful time here, right Lily?
可是所有的好事情得要结束了,对吧?那,我们悉尼大学生又要感谢复旦大学的中文老师这几个星期对我们这么温暖和热心的。最重要的就是, 我们也一定要感谢我们分别的中文老师们: 没有您们的教导, 我们目前的中文水平就不会提高这么快!
最后呢,我要特别感谢我们悉尼大学中文系的张老师。因为她付出了很多时间为了给我们这样很棒的机会来到上海学习。而且, 说实话,有的时候, 我们可能不故意的带給她麻烦,不过她总是还是特别的耐心继续为我们好;从来没跟我们发脾气。张老师,您真的辛苦了!
Liliane: We also thank the staff of the Department of Chinese Language and Literature for having us at Fudan and for their support, cooperation and organisation for this in country study.
And like Lily has said, a big thank you to Zhang laoshi for creating an opportunity for us to do in-country study in Shanghai. You've worked really hard, been really patient with us and did everything to make this Fudan in-country program a great one.
And finally I hope that the future in-country study programs in Fudan University continues to be successful like this.
作者：中级二班口语老师 - 程培英
Do you want to know what China was like 100 years ago?
Please read Morrison’s book.：
George Ernest Morrison (1862 – 1920), also known as Morrison of Peking or Chinese Morrison, was an Australian adventurer and The Times Peking correspondent.
He went to the Far East, and in February 1894 began a journey from Shanghai to Rangoon. He went partly by boat up the Yangtze River and rode and walked the remainder of the 3000 miles. He completed the journey in 100 days at a total cost of £18, which included the wages of two or three Chinese servants whom he picked up and changed on the way as he entered new districts. He was quite unarmed and then knew hardly more than a dozen words of Chinese. But he was willing to conform to and respect the customs of the people he met, and everywhere was received with courtesy. In his interesting account of his journey, An Australian in China, published in 1895.
In February 1897 The Times appointed Morrison as the first permanent correspondent at Peking. Unfortunately, his lack of knowledge in the Chinese language meant that he could not verify his stories and one author has suggested some of his reports contained bias and deliberate lies against China. There was much Russian activity in Manchuria at this time and in June Morrison went to Vladivostok. He travelled over a thousand miles to Stretensk and then across Manchuria to Vladivostok again.
When the Russo-Japanese War broke out on 10 February 1904 Morrison became a correspondent with the Japanese army. He was present at the entry of the Japanese into Port Arthur (now Lüshunkou) early in 1905, and represented The Times at the Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA, peace conference.
In 1907 he crossed China from Peking to the French border of Tonkin, and in 1910 rode from Honan across Asia to Andijan in Russian Turkestan, a journey of 3750 miles which was completed in 175 days.
He represented China during the peace discussions at Versailles in 1919.
(An excerpt from WIKI)
By Celia Zhuwei (朱玮)
On one Saturday morning, four of us went to 朱家角, a famous landmark in Shanghai well known for its long history, situated near a lake and a mountain, surrounded by the glory of nature.
We hopped on a bus at 人民广场 and took a 40 minute bus ride at a cheap price of twelve yuan to Zhu Jia Jiao. Upon arrival, we were greeted with a dusty city and it did not take us long before we found the old town area down the road. The area was a maze of bridges and old lane ways, crowded with restaurants, shops and heaps of 蹄髈 (ti bang). Ti bang is a really fatty piece of drumstick-looking leg meat from a pig, which has been soaked in soy sauce and cooked until really tender.
So for the next few hours we walked around this place through many lanes which all sold similar items like traditional snacks, meats, glutinous rice cakes, zhong zi and other oddities. Even though it was supposed to be pretty ancient looking, we also happened to see modern shops like Starbucks and Coco drinks, which were pretty out of place. The scenery however was lovely and serene and we spent quite a while taking pictures.
We had lunch at one of the tea houses within the old town including the ti bang and had a great view of the scenery, but it was overshadowed by the gloomy and cold weather. There were also temples and art galleries which you could visit but that required entrance fees so we skipped on that. In total we spent around 3-4hours at Zhu Jia jiao, we didn't do any serious shopping and neither did we take a boat ride around the area, it was just walking around the location and perhaps getting a bit lost and walking down the same lane way a few times.
The only tedious thing was the one and a half hour bus ride back to 人民广场 in peak hour traffic, but we slept the whole way anyway so you could say the experience was refreshing.
By Michael Allison (艾力生)
Time flies and before we know it, we’re at the end of our third week! Exams are looming and though we have been studying hard, a host of cultural interests, local attractions and on-campus activities have kept us enormously busy. With too many goings-on to list in one post, here’s a snippet of what we’ve been up to:
Last week we learnt some basic strokes of Chinese calligraphy with instruction from a very talented and extremely patient expert at Fudan. Some of us were better than others (not me). The best that I saw were Jessica’s, Yuna’s and Yurie’s, whose delicately brushed strokes came out artfully on the page (unlike mine). I still think there was something wrong with my brush.
Something about filling up on local cuisine seems to just give us the urge to…. Sing. Our local Karaoke has been a reliable after-dinner haunt on Friday nights. Yuanshen’s mastery of Chinese love songs has impressed us all, while Andy has rocked out to Bon Jovi and the Korean girls have showed us how K-Pop is really done.
A reconverted stretch of old stone houses boasting the birthplace of the Chinese Communist Party, Xintiandi is now a lively (and expensive) high-end shopping district. We rubbed shoulders with Shanghai’s elite in the cliquey cafes, were snapped by street-photographers and made a detour to visit one of several obscure historic museums down an easy-to-miss alley.
Beijing Opera (京剧):
Bright colours, dynamic makeup, delicate and precise full-body acting, high-pitched singing, all set to a delightful chorus of traditional Chinese instruments. This is Beijing opera – at times quite difficult for a foreign student of Chinese to grasp – and how we spent our first Saturday afternoon in Shanghai. Each performance was unique and told a different story, enjoyed by all, although the dizzying cymbal claps and the mesmerising rhythms left some of us snoozing in our seats!
The Bund and Shanghai Museum:
The beating heart of Shanghai, The Bund is set either side of the Huangpu River where one can catch views of the soaring Pudong Skyline, including the newly built Shanghai Tower (632m tall!) and the futuristic space-rocket-looking Oriental Pearl Tower.
Where the Pudong skyline points fiercely into China’s future, Shanghai Museum delves deep into the past, with artefacts and historical items that bring to life China’s lengthy history. Its modern exhibition halls feature masks, bronze ware, statues, coins, imperial seals, documents and inscriptions from every corner and crevice of China’s long-winded 5,000+ years of continuous history. Quite a contrast!
Ping Pong (乒乓):
An on-campus gym provided the opportunity to enjoy a short evening of ping pong (China’s unofficial national sport) with language partners Candice, Giovanni and Lucy. While we casually batted back and forth without much skill or competition (alright – perhaps a bit of competition), other players around us bounced back and forth shooting the tiny ball at lightning speeds across the table, some working up a serious sweat!
Another weekend and we’ll be into our final stretch and hitting the exams. There’s a multitude of cultural excursions, historical places and university and program activities to immerse ourselves in here, and a great big bulging city to explore. One more week guys – let’s make the most of it!
中级二班口语 - 程培英老师
By Christopher Best (孙杨)
Yesterday Max and I had a fantastic evening playing football at the Fudan University football field. Five minutes walk from the Tohee village, Fudan has a top quality astro turf field with a surrounding athletics track. Every evening countless students and locals escape to the field to exercise and let off the stress of the day.
Football is particularly popular with male Fudan students seeing students from all over the world come to play. Last night max and I took part in a fiercely contested match including players from Germany, Korea, England, Scotland, India, Italy, The United States , Ecuador and of course China ! It was incredible playing with players from across the world, going head to head and testing our skills in a game that we together all love and enjoy.
It's was an amazing chance to meet and talk to different players about their stories of living in Shanghai and their lives back home. Often because players speak all sorts of different languages, Chinese can be the only way to communicate - this offers a great chance to practice our Chinese and learn a few useful terms for the football pitch !
I've jotted down a few terms just in case you find yourself lost on a football field;
By Nancy Zhang (张南希)
Hello everyone! Watching movies in Shanghai was much harder than I thought! At least when it comes to watching Western movies!!! Most of the cinemas only screen a western movie once a day, which is just SILLY.
My friends and I were super pumped to watch “Penguins in Madagascar” so we decided to watch it at Wanda Plaza. But NO, there was only one session that day and we had already missed it. So then we went to the department store across Wanda Plaza – 巴黎春天（Balichuntian) By then we were getting depressed already.
But GUESS WHAT? They didn’t have it either! We were forced to man up and ask 2 local Chinese girls where to watch the movie. I already knew before that if you wanted to watch a movie in Shanghai, booking it online would be much cheaper (like 50% off!!! 3D movie prices are around 100 yuan and 2D around 70-80 before online discount) so we asked the 2 girls if they could kindly book the tickets for us. They were very nice and even told us the approximate time it would take for us to get to the cinema where there were still screenings for the movie. (Xin Shi Jie – Nanjing West Rd).
The girls sent us a confirmation for the ticket bookings and along with it came a number that we had to input in one of the machines outside of the movie theatres. Then bam bam bam, the tickets would come out of the machine! Yay!
BUT BUT BUT, IT DIDN’T JUST STOP THERE!! As it was a 3D movie we were required to “purchase” the 3D movie glasses. At first we thought they were worth 100 yuan each and we were in for a shock, but then we found out that after the movie, you return the glasses and get your 100 yuan refunded.
So the time came when we could finally enter the cinema but boy was it a disappointment. You would have expected a cinema in Nanjing West Rd to be spectacular but NOOOOOO, there were only 10 rows! *shock shock shock*
* bing bong bing bong – NEW DAY *
Today we went to a really exciting restaurant in Balichuntian. It was located on the 7th floor named “Nanjing Impressions”. What was cool about this place was that it suddenly felt like you entered into the past!!
All the furniture was wooden and rounded, with paper windows and paper lanterns hanging from the ceiling! Even workers dressed in ancient clothing and greeted us in classical Chinese. He said something I absolutely did not understand. (but don’t worry – when it came to ordering food you just had to write the numbers that corresponded to the dishes on a piece of paper)
The menu was also in English, which was good!! BUT!! We wanted to order some veggies so that we could balance out our diet. We ordered some dish that had the word “four vegetables” in it so we assumed that there would be 4 types of vegetables. But what arrived at our table was truly unexpected!!! There was sweet potato, yam, dates and peanuts. (NONE OF THOSE ARE VEGGIES!!!! )
MORAL OF THE DAY = CHINESE TRANSLATIONS ARE COMPLETELY UNRELIABLE!!
By Michael Allison (艾力生)
Bicycles in China are ubiquitous. They are everywhere. At university, rows and rows of bicycles are parked alongside one another – probably more than I have seen anywhere else, ever. If the weather gets windy and a strong gust blows through the campus, bikes will blow over and knock over the next one like dominos.
On the main roads and footpaths, there is a constant flow of bikes in every direction. It seems chaotic. Sometimes two bikes will gently bump into one another as they try to manoeuvre through the traffic. Cars rarely indicate when switching lanes, so eyes must be peeled and riders keenly aware of the changing traffic situation. That said, nobody wears helmets and accidents seem to be rare.
Everyone rides bicycles to get around – it’s cheaper than a car and less cumbersome on city roads so often choked with traffic. The fact that there are so many riders also creates a sense of safety in numbers, as drivers know to be aware of riders. There are bicycle lanes, but they are often encroached upon by the cars, haphazardly stopping here and there, pulling in and out of the curb and swinging open their doors unannounced.
The three golden rules for riding a bike on the roads in China? Watch what is coming your way (both in front and behind), use your brakes often, and, most importantly: don’t get hit. Never mind other riders; they’ll mind themselves.
A pretty sweet set of wheels indeed, I picked this up last week:
It cost me less than $50, with the promise of a half-price refund when I return it to the seller at Christmas time before I head home.
The bicycle seller, at four-and-a-half feet tall is quite a character: thin, tanned and despite his short stature, he marches tall and proud alongside an impressive array of new and second hand bikes outside the east gate of Fudan.
I see him nearly every day and am entranced by the way he toils his trade: with a pronounced jerkiness, he quickly switches from one customer to another, returning to a makeshift stall to retrieve a screw or tool or lock or whatever is needed for whatever job is at hand. He spoke rapidly and his words were difficult for me to understand, but I managed to work through the sale, explaining that I’d only need the bike for a month and that I’d return to sell it back to him when I was done. 好了, sale completed.
A couple of days later, my bike blew over in the wind; the fall caused the pedals to jam so that they would not cycle around completely. After trying with some of my classmates in vain to fix it, I wandered over to the east gate and approached the seller. He took a quick glance, said something that I heard as “再不了” and paced over to his stall to find the right instrument. He wrapped a spanner around the broken pedal and yanked it hard, pulling it back neatly to its original position. He looked up, smiling a big toothless grin, and swung the pedals around all the way triumphantly. 好了. Fixed. Perfect, I said. He turned away and strode on over to the next prospective customer. No charge.
Despite the smiles, he still wouldn’t pose with me for a picture for this blog, though.
By Lily Yang (杨莉莉)
Waking up in the early hours of the morning is never an easy task, especially on a Sunday morning, right? Despite being a night owl, that’s exactly what I did last Sunday (1st December). Irene and Nancy and I went to Suzhou together with two of Irene’s Chinese friends, who were extremely hospitable and acted as our tour guides for the day!
Upon arriving in Suzhou, we started off by joining a tour, but since we realised that the aspects of the tour weren’t to our liking, we hailed a cab and went to explore the city for ourselves. We visited plenty of places, but as the old saying goes, “a picture paints a thousand words”, so I’ll let my photos do the talking.
All in all, despite the rain and freezing temperatures in the evening, I enjoyed the day we had in Suzhou. I’d recommend it if you enjoy nature and want to have a more cultural Chinese experience than what Shanghai offers!
By Liliane Moothoo (马莉莲)
Thanks to a Shanghai travel guide and information from people we know, Yurie, Somang & I were able to visit to a few places today.
First, we went to He Feng Lou inside Old City God Temple at Yuyuan Garden - it's a 5 minute walk from the station but it took us a while to find it.
This place serves delicious food at a reasonable price and it's like a cafeteria, you take the food you want and pay at the cashier.
Next, off to East Nanjing Road and took a look a few stores. This place has everything from fashion to food, it's got it all.
And we came across M&M World, we never have one in Australia so Shanghai is the place to see it. So if you crave for chocolate, try it out.
Afterwards, we continued walking towards Waitan (The Bund), and the weather was clear enough to see the glamorous Pearl Tower.
Finally, we took the train to Jing'an Temple. A friend told us that today was free admission to the temple so we took advantage of that.
After all that sightseeing and walking today, we travelled to Hong Kong Shopping Centre at People's Square to shop, eat, rest and play.
By Louisa Bochner (薄茉莉)
China is known for its contradictions- the juxtapositions: between the old and new; east and west; tradition and an imposed modernity.
After nearly two weeks in Shanghai, these parallels are startlingly clear: Shanghai retains much of the "old" traditions that dominated in China's prime, such as during the Qing Dynasty. Life on the streets is bustling and lively- delicious food stalls boasting full plates for as little at 10 yuan (just $2) are commonplace. Driving around the outer city we see crowded, small housing and apartments, indicative of the reality that this is the largest city in the world. Chinese people are proud of their traditions and history: statues of Mao exemplify the political ideology, whilst Chinese musicians play traditional instruments at crowded street markets. This is the China I expected.
And yet, Shanghai proves to be full of surprises. Despite communist ideology still remaining strong, Shanghai is startlingly western. Just yesterday we were lucky enough to visit the famous "Xin Tian Di" (新天地) and "Tian Zi Fan" (田子坊) districts. We were transported to an alternate reality: the streets screamed Paris, New York and London, the shopping became exponentially expensive and the people richer. How could such a western city exist in the heart of a communist Chinese one? These places are an example of how China is changing: whilst embracing Western influence, the Chinese history is so vast and complicated, that is will not be erased, overridden or forgotten. Shanghai is successfully upholding the balances and contradictions between East and west, whilst ensuring that development isn't made at the expense of culture.
By Evenlyn Lau (刘慧婷)
You might think this title odd at first but please keep reading and you’ll understand why I’ve chosen to use it.
In the past few days I’ve noticed two different types of foreign exchange students: the tigers and the mice. This isn’t to say that there aren’t other types but I wanted to focus on these two.
Tigers are characterized as big, strong and brave creatures whilst mice are small, quiet and they shy away from people. If you were to choose an animal I think people would generally prefer to be a lion and when you’re in China it’s better to be a tiger than a mouse even if you have to fake your confidence. Many may consider certain aspects of Chinese culture rude but not necessarily; sometimes that just means projecting confidence into what you do. For example, when you go to order food you speak up loudly or when you find the courage to go up to someone to ask for directions because you’re lost.
If you’re a mouse you may not get anywhere in China because you’re too small to be noticed (like when you’re indecisive when crossing the road) so even if you have to pretend for a while, be brave like a tiger :)
By Jenny Ngo (吴燕妮)
Today: Wednesday 03 December 2014
We went on an sightseeing field trip to Xintiandi (新天地) and Tianzifang (新天地). Xintiandi (新天地) which means “new heaven and earth” was filled shopping malls, restaurants and cafes. In small groups of people, we took a detour into a Communist party of China Exhibition and stroll onto a nearby park with a beautiful lake. Along the way we saw a bunch of Chinese photographers and a model doing a photo shoot, and decided to our own photo shoot in the park. We also managed to take one shot near where the model was posing.
Back on the bus to the next pit spot, we were split into smaller groups of people and explore the alleyways of Tianzifang (新天地) City which contains little craft stores, coffee shops, trendy art studios and narrow alleys. After our expedition of the area, we ventured into a toilet restaurant for dinner. Eating food out of miniature toilets and drinking out of urinals.
All in all, I had an extraordinary afternoon exploring the cities of Shanghai. It was marvellously beautiful and strangely weird in it’s ordinary way. I hope to discover more of Shanghai hidden uniqueness while I am here.
By Nate Purinut Phumitharanon (张内森）
It was an ordinary day for everyone. In 汉语 and 口语 classes we went through our normal routines of 生词 and 课文。Wang Laoshi and Zhang Laoshi are both great teachers. And our class of 12 really enjoy studying from them.
After class we hurried to the canteen (旦苑餐厅) because it was super cold today! We had no activites planned for the afternoon so me and some friends decided to go to a dog cafe near HaiLun Rd Station (海倫路站). The group consisted of me, Andy, Fan, Nancy, Irene, Angela, Wiley, Cat, Jenny, Yuna and Mike. This cafe is called "Canil Café" or "狗窝". It was situated in the" 1933 building" (上海老场坊), in Hongkou District. This building is one of the coolest local architectures I have ever seen. The old slaughter house was converted into a local favourite, full of relaxing cafes, stores and shops. Only a 10mins walk from HaiLun Rd station.
At the dog cafe there were more than 10 small to mid sized dogs. They were all really cute and playful. The drinks and the egg tarts were also delicious. We were also given snacks to feed the dogs as well.
Afterall it was a really good experience, getting to explore Shanghai and going to lower profile/tourist attraction spots in the city. I really enjoyed the part where there was not a lot of people, which was much less hectic than places like the City God Temple (上海城隍庙) or East Nanjing Rd. (南京东路）
By Michael Allison (艾力生)
After a few schedule changes during the first week we were finally able to meet our language partners on Friday afternoon. Late as usual, I came to the classroom to find it lively and 很热闹 (full of noise and chatter) as the students from Sydney University and Fudan were getting to know each other. Zhang Laoshi sat me down next to a Fudan student and I introduced myself:
My language partner is Giovanni. Chinese students of English pick their own English names – the guys in my experience may name themselves after a favourite football player or musician, often with some interesting results! His Chinese name is Wang Jinyuzhi (王金玉之), meaning of ‘one of gold and jade’. Like several of the other students’ language partners that I met, Giovanni majors in Chinese language and literature, and he has a keen interest in his country’s culture and history, especially Chinese opera (戏曲).
Giovanni is born and raised in Shanghai. His mother is from Shanghai, and so he speaks the local dialect, Shanghainese (上海话), which is quite unintelligible to some speakers of Mandarin. His father is from Henan province, to the west of Shanghai. The languages of southern China vary greatly from region to region, and so whilst his father’s mother tongue is Henanhua (河南话), Giovanni’s command of the Henan language is anything but perfect.
I was particularly interested in his father’s story because it seemed emblematic of the giant leaps of development that have taken place and the new opportunities – especially in the rural areas – that this development has brought. From a very small rural town, his father studied hard and achieved the highest university entrance score in the region. He moved to the city for university, graduated and began working in Shanghai, where he met Giovanni’s mother and now teaches at university.
Growing up in the city, Giovanni tells me that he finds his father’s hometown to be too quiet and with not enough to do to keep him interested there. Telephone lines were only introduced in 2008. With family on both sides of the divide, Giovanni is a great example of the slow, gradual meeting of two worlds – the city and the country – that is still taking place in China, where the cultural gap between the two can be enormous.
It was a great privilege to meet and be partnered with some of China’s top students, and to be able to engage with them on a personal level. With the rapidly expanding cultural and economic exchanges between Australia and China, I think we all look forward to a long-term relationship with our language partners that will outlast our very brief stay here and continue into the future.
One of the important component of this program is the Language Partner Plan, under which each student will be paired up with a Fudan undergraduate student as their language partner. This plan provides valuable opportunities for students not only to improve their language skills in an accelerated manner through daily interaction with people from a variety of social and professional backgrounds in real-life situations but also to exchange views with young Chinese top minds about the global issues that concern young people in the world, thus creating an alumni network of participants in this program. Students are advised to keep a good relationship with their ‘buddy’ and get involved in the Fudan campus life as much as possible.
On Wednesday afternoon 28th November, Sydney students met their language partners in Room 1501 Guanghua Towers West at Fudan. I had been told beforehand that the responses from the undergraduate students at the Fudan Chinese Department were overwhelmingly active. More than 80 Fudan students had registered for the Sydney-Fudan Language Partner Plan. In the end, only 42 students were successful in their applications and recommended by the Office to be Sydney students' language partners.
By Evelyn Lau (刘慧婷)
From my recent experience, there’s no faster way to adapt to a new place and culture like Shanghai than to be thrown in the deep end. Your progress in listening and speaking grows in leaps and bounds as you have no one else to rely on but your own ability in a foreign land. The fact that your grammar is incorrect and your pronunciation is hard to listen to becomes irrelevant as you fight your way through to survive another day. Okay, that was a bit dramatic but I honestly felt like that when I arrived with a phone which no longer had battery life and discovered there was barely any cash on my mum’s bank card. It was a stressful period for me as I sorted all these things out but now that I’ve experienced the worst (hopefully nothing else unfortunate happens), I can gladly accept whatever comes at me henceforth.
I’ve already endured conversations with strangers on the phone, asking random people for directions and asking security guards and receptionists for help and I have to say it’s become easier and easier for me to just go up to someone and just casually start a conversation with them without any shame. Although it sounds strange to others it’s just something I do every day now so my advice to fellow students – especially those who feel like their listening and speaking skills are below par which is how I felt when I first I arrived in Shanghai – is to just go out and explore by yourself.
From what I’ve seen so far, Shanghai is quite foreigner-friendly: many signs are translated into English, there are western toilets and the people I’ve bumped into generally speak Mandarin at a slow enough pace that I can understand at least 70-80% of what they’re saying. If you’ve never travelled in a Chinese city then it’s probably best to stay together with others but you’ll learn more if you take the chance to go out on your own. This way there’s no pressure from others depending on you because you’re the most skilled in Mandarin, neither are you constantly relying on others to carry you through.
So get out there, challenge yourself to your limits and 提高你的汉语水平!
Nothing is better than getting a bonus. On 26th November, Day 3 of the Program, we were told all of a sudden that as many as twelve Tai Chi and Kung Fu masters happened to be on campus and were willing to offer our students a bonus lesson. Everybody got so excited though not at all prepared for anything sporty.
The photos taken on the site show a perfect outcome this unexpected event has produced: a beautiful blue sky, a lush green lawn, a spring-like weather, 42 fully engaged Sydney students and 12 Chinese Tai Chi masters.
Liliane Moothoo (马莉莲)
26 November 2014 - Clear and sunny
After everyone had their lunch, we had our student ID photos taken and I really like the design of the card.
Right after that, we had Kung fu and Tai Chi demonstrations. I was amazed when I saw the kung fu demonstration.
From the swift and quick actions of Kung fu to the slow and gentle moving of Tai Chi.
The instructors were very skilled and very helpful, they really helped us in how to move in Tai Chi.
And I think doing Tai Chi in front of Guanghua Towers is an amazing sight. I can't wait to try it again.
Prof. Dai Congrong, Vice Dean, the Department of Chinese Language and Literature, FDU
Liliane Moothoo (马莉莲)
24 November 2014 - Rainy
Today was orientation day but even though the weather was dreadful, that didn't stop us from having a good day.
First, the USYD students had a warm welcome by the head of Fudan and academic staff. And were given our textbooks & timetables.
Afterwards, our group photo was taken and the orientation continued with a campus tour and was immersed by the rich history of Fudan.
Next, we were treated to a welcome banquet. The food was absolutely delicious, it's hard to say which dish was my favourite.
Finally, we were on the bus ready for a city tour which took us to The Bund, East Nanjing Road, the Shanghai museum, Cheng Wang Miao and the Shanghai financial center.
I had really enjoyed the city tour, it motivated me to explore more of Shanghai. Also learned a lot about the campus and about Shanghai from that day.
I know that there's still a lot to discover in Shanghai.
Usyd Coordinator Xiaowei Zhang at the Opening Ceremony
Usyd Student Rep Lily Yang at the Opening Ceremony
Visiting Fudan Museum
Seeing Shanghai landmarks in rain
Walking on a busy street in Shanghai
Liliane Moothoo (马莉莲)
On November 23rd, I had arrived in Shanghai. The airport pickup went smoothly, the 2nd group was welcomed by a Fudan student and escorted to the bus.
It was about an hour ride from the airport to the Tongzhou Hotel.
The room at the hotel was quite nice and comfortable.
It's really convenient as there's a convenience store and a restaurant attached to the hotel.
Also it's opposite the east gate of Fudan and Guanghua Towers, so it's less than 10 minutes to get to class.
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