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2010 China Summer Camp The Confucius Institute at The University of Montana

“If summer camps in western Montana aren't far enough away for high school students to escape home (i.e., parents), there's always China. For the second year, the Confucius Institute at the University of Montana is taking high school students to China for two weeks to learn more about the Chinese culture.” --- Missoulian

Itinerary July 27th: Arrive in Beijing July 28th: Site-seeing/               Acrobatics Performance July 30th: Visit the Forbidden City, Tian'anmen Square, and Temple of Heaver Shopping trip Olympic Stadium District July 31st: Visit the Great Wall of China                 Fly to Xi'an Aug 1st-Aug 8th:   Xi’An site-seeing Terri-Cotta Warriors Museum; Wild Goat Pagoda; Peasants’ Painting Exhibition in Hu Village Chinese classes        

From July 26, 2010 to August 10, tasted authentic Chinese food, Aug 9th:   Return to Beijing 2010, five high school students visited historical sites in Beijing from Missoula, one from Hinsdale and Xi’ An, learnt paper-cutting, Aug 10th:   Depart for US together with a chaperon travelled Chinese Calligraphy, Chinese taito China for 2010 China Bridge chi, and had the intensive Summer Camp co-held by Mandarin Chinese language and Confucius Institute at The culture classes. “It was an University of Montana and experience of a lifetime,” said Hanban in Beijing. Students Rachel Dickson, one of the walked along the Great Wall, campers from Missoula. WE TASTED This year, we did noodles, a couple of types something special. Besides of bread that the students devour, grated the delicious food in potatoes, cucumbers, soup, etc. In Xi'An, the Beijing, we visited Huxian food is a bit spicier with the addition of chili Peasant Village near Xi’An peppers to many of the dishes. It has been city and tasted the extremely different from the food we eat in traditional farmers’ lunch at a local the U.S.. While there, we also went to a museum that farmer’s house there. Everything was fresh and displays traditional folk paintings and watched artists delicious. We enjoyed grapes, green beans, squash, creating new works.

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WE LEARNED This summer, at the other side of the globe, we were engaged in different kinds of class work and filled with many unique experiences. Our day usually started with our Chinese language & cultural classes. At the classes, we learned Chinese languages and the local Chinese artists also taught us paper-cutting, Chinese Calligraphy, and Chinese crafts making. After lunch, we had dance lessons. The dance we learned is called “Jasmine Flower (Mo Li Hua)” which is a wellknown Chinese folk dance and originated from Jiang Su Province in China, quite graceful.

During dinners, we had chances to make Chinese dumplings by ourselves. Even though they didn’t look that perfect, they tasted very good. In the evening, we practiced Tai'Chi at the school’s stadium. We have become quite comfortable in China and laughed through almost every activity. Except for the activities at the school. we also tried “Chinese Dumplings Banquet” which served various types of dumplings, and watched a performance of Tang Traditional Dancing.  



The Forbidden City

The Terri-Cotta Warriors Xi’an

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ABOUT CHINA BRIDGE SUMMER CAMP The Chinese Bridge Summer Camp is an elite two-week intensive Mandarin language and Chinese culture training program for high school students. The camp is co-organized by the Hanban (Office of Chinese Language Council International) and the Confucius Institute at The University of Montana every summer. During the 2-week program students will have the opportunity to develop their language skills by attending a variety of classes, interacting with Chinese students, and participating in field trips and sightseeing activities.

and Chinese languages. Students and teachers are responsible for securing round-trip international airfare, a China tourist visa, and international travel insurance. Hanban will cover other program costs including housing, food, instructional costs, and domestic travel within China.

It’s the second year for Confucius Institute at The University of Montana is taking high school students to China. Last year (2009), 11 Montana

students and 2 chaperones flew to China and met up with 1,400 students from the U.S. and United Kingdom. You don’t need to speak Chinese. Please JOIN US as long as you are interested in Chinese culture

WE THINK Being able to go to China has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. I believe experiences like this trip is making people more aware of their surroundings.  I enjoyed the Chinese culture.  It was different, which was expected, but I enjoyed my new experiences.  I loved being able to visit all the great locations and take in all the sights. One way to judge a trip is to ask yourself if you would go back, and I honestly can say I wouldn't mind returning.    ----Lane Hinsdale All of these sights were some of my favorite parts of the visits, along with getting to know about peasant farmers. When we went to the farmer's lunch, and the peasant painting exhibit, I felt like I really learned about some of the Chinese every day lives, which was really cool. ----Rachel Dickson It was one of the best experiences of my life.  The food was very shocking. I don't think I'd ever eaten as many vegetables before. --Sean The cultural classes were fun and the sites were amazing. I especially loved going to see the Terra-cotta army, the Great Wall, and the Forbidden City. The only thing I was disappointed with was that when our group went to the Great Wall, we only stayed for 30 minutes. ----Anna Meine

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SUMMER CAMP 2010 REPORT  

About our trip to China this summer; Beijing--Xi'an...Fun Fun Fun!

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