CHINESE CULTURE WEEK 2018
Open all year, starting on Mondays, participation fee 175€ per week. Program runs Mon-Fri (free weekends). Mandatory to start the programme
- Code : G/CHI/CCW2018
- Dispo : 5M / 5F (Total Part 10)
- Langue du Projet : ENG / ENG
- Age : 18 - 99
Program Description Given its objective – learning about traditional, rural Chinese culture, it is appropriate that this week takes place in Guilin’s rural Fengyan village. There are many opportunities to immerse yourself in the culture with visits to local villages, a Confucius temple and a Guan Gong temple, local fairs and some amazing natural scenery sites. Whilst it has the longest written history in the world, and despite its staggering economic performance and entry onto the world stage, as heralded by the Beijing Olympics, China remains an enigma to many. Of all Asian countries, it is perhaps the least understood. This program takes you beyond the headlines that appear in the Western press, away from politics, away from the big cities and the normal tourist attractions. It takes you into the traditional lives of the rural communities. It helps you to understand their culture and everyday activities. It takes you beyond hearing about the issues of ‘face’ and ‘guanxi’ to a real understanding of what they mean. You will visit an old traditional house – but also understand its deep significance within the land reforms. You will go to the Confucius temple, not just to look, but to understand what it meant and how it felt to be the number one scholar in the Emperor’s examinations and you will experience the route through the temple that only he could travel. You will learn how to make dumplings, taste oil tea, and learn the rudiments of the language, practice calligraphy, as well as some of the rituals. Through a range of activities: learning sessions, visits, sightseeing and hands-on practical cooking/craft sessions, you will gain a deeper appreciation for what China gave, and continues to give, to the world. But we also focus on developing a practical understanding of everyday China, beyond its cultural roots. It is the ideal start point for anyone visiting China. It is a programme developed and delivered by Chinese people after careful research into what westerners really want to know. You will be with both Chinese and Westerners; discussing cultural differences not in an academic sense but in reality. There is only one rule: if you want to know anything – ask!
This accommodation has western style toilets, a bar with a variety of drinks, snacks, and food all set in a unique Chinese atmosphere.
Guilin is a province in southern China known for its dramatic landscape of limestone karst. In the majestic shadow of its mountains, on the edge of an authentic, rustic village lies our center – a 260 year old building from the Qing dynasty. Its surroundings invite walking and hiking and offer a stunning view of the hills, as well as of locals farmers hard at work!We have our in-house chef busy making food everyday for you! Expect typical Chinese food with rice and noodles in Chinese dishes styles. Vegetarian food is also available upon request.
There are no specific requirements for this program. Good shoes for the mountain walks
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