From June 22 to 30, 2014, organized by Confucius Institute at the University of South Carolina, a delegation of 8 education officials, including principles of middle and primary schools, school board members and school district staffers, paid a visit to China.
Beijing Language and Culture University warmly received the visitors and prepared miscellaneous culture classes for them, where they learnt basic Chinese dialogues, Taiji gestures, beautiful paper cut and riveting Beijing Opera facial make-up. In addition, breathtaking acrobatic performance turned out to be really an eye opener for the officials.
It was said that the most unforgettable experience for the American guests was their visit to Shuangyushu Primary School, where they attended the calligraphy class of the children and even tried to learn it in the class together with the students. Afterwards, they watched the martial arts performance there.
Additionally, the delegation visited Imperial Palace of Beijing, Mutianyu Great Wall and Chengde Imperial Summer Resort as well as such iconic places as Capital Museum, Wangfujing Commercial Street, South Luogu Lane and 798 art districts. In each place, they eagerly asked detailed information involved with it and were impressed by the profound Chinese culture.
Though the sojourn in China was transient, American officials had been considerably touched. On the farewell ceremony, they compared notes on primary and middle school education and summarized their experience in China. At last but not least, Ms. Qiu Ping from Beijing Language and Culture University and directors of Confucius Institute at the University of South Carolina presented several gifts with Chinese characteristics to the delegation, thanking them for their visit and hoping that they would introduce their joyful experience in China to American students.