The construction of the Great Wall began over two millennia ago during the 7th century BCE and continued for many centuries. It was built and rebuilt by different Chinese dynasties, with the most famous sections constructed during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 CE). The Great Wall is not a continuous wall but a collection of walls, fortifications, and watchtowers. Its total length is estimated to be around 13,000 miles (21,196 kilometers). The primary purpose of the Great Wall was defense. It served to protect China from incursions by various northern tribes and invaders, as well as to regulate trade and immigration along the Silk Road. The construction of the Great Wall involved a variety of materials, including stone, brick, wood, and earth. It features watchtowers, signal beacons, and fortresses along its length. There are different sections of the Great Wall, with some of the most popular ones being the Badaling and Mutianyu sections near Beijing. Each section offers a unique experience and level of restoration. The Great Wall of China is not only a symbol of China's rich history but also a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most recognizable and visited landmarks globally.The IC students took photos with Chinese national flag and the Great Wall as the background after got the ticketsThe IC students and the lead teacher at the Great Wall On a sunny autumn day (October 29, 2023) and a cool autumn Sunday (November 5, 2023), two groups of international students from the University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS) embarked on an exciting journey to explore the iconic Great Wall of China. Their enthusiasm to witness this magnificent ancient marvel was palpable in the sparkle of their eyes. Accompanying them on this memorable excursion were esteemed faculty members from the Department of Archeology at the University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, namely Prof. Luo Wugan, Dr. Han Bin, Prof. Yang Yimin and Prof. Jiang Hongen. These knowledgeable educators provided insightful explanations about the rich history and significance of the Great Wall of China, enhancing the students' understanding of this incredible structure.The IC students interacts with Chinese locals with traditional attireAs Noman Habib (IC student) embarked on his journey from Yuquanlu, he couldn't contain his excitement as he shared his profound fascination with the Great Wall of China. His anticipation had been building for nearly two months since he first set foot in China. Numerous international students found themselves astonished at the sheer magnitude of a wall that spanned such great lengths and heights, constructed in an era long gone by. Their admiration for the dedication and ingenuity of the Chinese ancestors who undertook the monumental task of creating this invaluable historical masterpiece was evident.While on the Great Wall of China, the Chinese people warmly showcased their rich customs and culture, captivating the international students. Traditional attire, in particular, held a magnetic charm for these students, who readily embraced the opportunity to interact with Chinese locals. They engaged in activities such as dancing alongside Chinese individuals and capturing cherished moments in photographs, often with the locals donning traditional clothing, fostering a delightful exchange of customs and traditions.Mahdis, another international student, pointed out that they had chosen a remarkably favorable season to visit the Great Wall of China. In Mahdis's view, the Great Wall of China stands as a magnificent fusion of nature and history, a sight that enthralls all who behold it. Mahdis observed that on the Chinese wall, they could witness a tangible embodiment and culmination of the teachings imparted by Dr. Han in their Chinese culture class.Group photos of the IC students participated in the visitsYour browser does not support HTML5 video.A vlog created by IC student Ali Farooq
On October 26,a visitation to Xiangshan Park was organized by three Chinese Language Classes (Groups 3, 4, and 6) from the Yuquanlu Campus . The excursion was filled with excitement as they embarked on the journey, enjoying a medley of activities aboard the bus, including spirited singing and even some rap performances.Start the journeyAs soon as the students arrived there，they are totally attracted by the beautiful view and the enthusiastic people.Xiangshan Park(Fragrant Hills Park) is located in the northwest of Beijing city, about 16 kilometers away from downtown. With an area of 1,600,000 square meters, it is famous for its imperial garden style and abundance of precious cultural and historical relics. IC students in Xiangshan parkTalking with the local peopleBeautiful viewHappy timeUSHIE Benjamin Bendiwhobel (Wen Xing)(International student) said：“The park visit was truly extraordinary.......What struck me was the mutual effort we put in to communicate—while we grappled with speaking Chinese to enhance our language skills, they grappled with English to improve their own proficiency. ” Muhammad Adeel Ejaz (International student )said，“We saw the passion and zest that Chinese people have when it comes to cherishing their lives and enjoying the best of themselves....... I see people of all ages’ children, adults, and the elderly. School students, couples, Families, and singles all gathered at a place to appreciate nature.I have mad respect for the people of China; I still have a long way to learn more and hopefully cross my culture and way of living with them as well.”By this event, International students can deeply understand the travelling culture of China, enrich living experience and improve communication skills.
The Department of Archaeology and Anthropology in the School of Humanities of University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS) organized an experiential activity on the Yuquan Road Campus of UCAS with the theme of "International Archaeology Day Presentation and Exhibition Activity". The activity was held at the entrance of the 1st apartment and the Archaeometry Laboratory of the School of Humanities on Yuquan Road Campus. Dr. Bin Han introduced and lead the international students participating in this activities. They were inquiring curiously about the uses of various instruments in archaeological studies and listening attentively to the introduction by the staff in combination with the display of scientific archaeometry research achievements.中国科学院大学人文学院考古学与人类学系以“国际考古日宣讲展示活动”为主题，在国科大玉泉路校区举办了体验活动。活动地点设在玉泉路校区一公寓门口与人文学院科技考古实验室，前来参观的国际留学生好奇地询问各种仪器的用途，结合科研成果展示，认真听取工作人员的介绍。 International students browse the introduction of the lab.国际留学生在实验室外参观科研成果 International students visit the archaeometry lab国际留学生在科技考古实验室参观 Discussing archaeological research issues探讨考古学问题The students are very interested in the pottery splicing, they discuss and glue the pottery pieces to the right position to truly feel the process of cultural relics restoration; the experience program of drilling wood to make fire is also very popular. The students are interested in observing and trying to experience the ancient people's fire-making scene. Animal and plant remains are important materials for restoring the life of ancient people, and also important objects for archaeological excavation. The animal remains and charred plants on display attracted students from different disciplines to view and discuss.留学生对陶器拼接十分感兴趣，他们边讨论边把陶片粘到合适的位置，真切地感受文物修复的过程；钻木取火体验项目也非常受欢迎，留学生饶有兴趣地观摩并跃跃欲试，体验古人生火的情景。动植物遗存是复原古人生活的重要材料，也是考古发掘的重要对象，展示的动物残骸和炭化植物吸引了多位来自不同学科的留学生驻足观看。陶器拼接Pottery splicing 钻木取火Drilling wood for fireInternational Students View Flora and Fauna Remains国际留学生观看动植物遗存 The success of this event has enabled international students of UCAS to increase their knowledge and understanding of Chinese archaeology and history through interactive exchanges. Active participation in the event can also help international students integrate into the local culture and campus life, and we expect international students to pay more attention to and actively participate in the International Archaeology Day and other public archaeology activities.本次活动的成功举办，使国科大的国际留学生们在互动交流中增加了对中国考古学的认识和理解，这对国际文化交流具有重要意义。积极参与活动也可以帮助留学生尽快融入本地文化和校园生活，我们期待留学生更多的关注并积极参与到“国际考古日”和公共考古的活动中来。
On Teacher's Day, a day dedicated to celebrating the invaluable contributions of educators, I would like to share a personal story that touched my heart. It is a story of resilience, camaraderie, and the profound impact a teacher can have on a student's life.During this particular Teacher's Day, fate took an unexpected turn for me. While working out at the gym, I suffered a dislocated shoulder and a torn cuff, which left me in excruciating pain and uncertainty. It was a moment of distress, far away from my homeland, Iran, in the heart of China, where I am pursuing my studies in atmospheric physics.As soon as I felt the need for guidance and assistance, my friends immediately contacted my professor, the esteemed Professor Zhang (Institute of Atmospheric Physics, CAS). What happened next was a display of true compassion and mentorship. Professor Zhang rushed to my side without hesitation, accompanied by his caring wife, resembling a father figure offering solace and support.Reflecting on this experience now, I am humbled by the immense kindness shown to me by Professor Zhang. On a day dedicated to celebrating teachers, I only had to offer a burden, a trouble that weighed heavily on my conscience. However, this ordeal taught me a profound lesson about the bonds of friendship and the importance of harmony, especially during life's most trying moments.Through Professor Zhang's kindness and goodwill, I did not feel like a stranger in a foreign land miles away from my homeland. He embodied the kindness and friendliness of the Chinese people, serving as a beacon of ethics and goodwill.In the tapestry of life, teachers like Professor Zhang weave threads of wisdom, compassion, and guidance. on Teacher's Day, I, Atefeh Gholami, express my deepest appreciation to Professor Zhang and all educators who mold minds and inspire hearts. Your selflessness and dedication light the way for students like me, and we are forever grateful for that.
In order to improve the physical quality of students in our school, enhance the friendship and cultural exchanges with other colleges and students within the college, stimulate students' enthusiasm for football, show the youth vitality and positive spirit of students in our school, enrich students' after-school life, improve students' teamwork ability and cohesion, from May to June 2023, the "Keyuan Cup" 9-A-side Football match was officially launched at the East/West Football Field of Yanqi Lake Campus of University of Chinese Academy of Sciences. The competition consists of a group stage and a knockout stage with 16 teams participating. From 15:00 to 17:00 on May 14, 2023, the International College football team ushered in the first match in the East Football Stadium, against the integrated circuit - Ocean College United.At 14:15 in the afternoon, in order to adjust to better physical condition, the international College football team members came to the football field in advance to warm up and formulate relevant tactics.At 15:08 p.m., the game officially began. It was a very evenly matched game, with a number of missed attempts, till the seventh minute, Rasaq Onikola, the International Academy's No. 4 player, broke through the defense and scored the first goal, followed by Rasaq Onikola's goal. No.10 Imrana Salisu scored another point for the International Academy after receiving a pass. The first half ended 2-2 for the integrated circuit - Ocean College United, which scored two points from the penalty spot in the 23rd and the own goal in the 28th.The players gather to relax their muscles and review their gains and lossesAfter the opening of the second half, both sides showed strong fighting spirit, the international college organized attacks for many times. Due to the fierce confrontation, Liang Junce of the the integrated circuit - Ocean College United was injured in the eyebrow bone, and the match was suspended. When play resumed, the International Academy's No. 3 Usama Ayaz scored another shot with outstanding individual ability. The game ended in 3:2, with the International College team winning the final victory. In the whole game, the international college not only game out of the level, but also game out of style, when the confused penalty, they patiently communicate with the referee; In the appearance of friction knocked down the opponent, the first time concerned about the opponent; When the other team was injured, the players of the international College also surrounded the side to care about the injured student.This is the first competition of the International College. Congratulations to the International College for getting off to a successful start. Thanks to the team members for bringing such a wonderful performance.The players cheering together after the gameAttached is the introduction of the participants and the schedule of the next competition. Welcome to watch and cheer.Imrana Salisu (10)MBUSI PRIME MAFU (40)Behroz Khan (11)Usama Ayaz (3)Ammar Shoukat (7)MD SOHRAB ALI (8)Claudien HABIMANA SIMBI (6)Rasaq Onikola (4)Muhammad Mubeen (1)Hannington Nevin Otieno (20)M Alim Hanif (2)Talha Chauhdari (14)Yazed Abdelaziz Yousif (9)Ali Alsakkaf (5)Hasan Ubaid Ullah (96)Camillus Uchenna Okonkwo (12)Next competitionInternational College vs. Middle Dan CollegeMay 21, 16:30-17:40, East Playground
Badminton Competition In order to enrich students' extracurricular life, enhance the exchanges between teachers and students of the two colleges, and provide a platform for badminton lovers to exchange and exchange skills, the Cunji-International College Badminton Friendship League was successfully held in the East Gymnasium of our school on May 13th, 2023.The competition adopts the latest badminton competition rules approved by the General Administration of Sport of the State. It is divided into men's singles, women's singles, women's doubles, men's doubles and mixed doubles. The elimination system is adopted in men's singles, the round-robin system is adopted in women's singles, men's doubles and women's doubles, and the group points system and elimination system are adopted in mixed doubles. The match began with the referee's whistle. Students of International College actively participated in the competition, including MBUSI PRIME MAFU, Usama Ayaz, Muhammed Mubeen, MAlimHanif, Rakib UI Haque and MD SOHRAB ALI, Sunny Sohail and Spring.Badminton court, every player is full of confidence, they enjoy the sweat, a powerful swing, badminton in the air beating, the court is beating the players figure, a wonderful hold, again and again to save the tide, all highlight the athletes struggle, never give up the spirit. They were matched and matched, and they did everything they could to display their skills and win shouts from the sidelines.The successful holding of the competition aims to promote the atmosphere of sports activities, showcase the sports talents of the students of both houses, and inspire the enthusiasm of the students to love the campus, love sports and strive for success. The students who participated in the competition on behalf of the International College fought hard on the badminton court, demonstrating the positive spirit of our students with their vigorous posture and skillful skills.
Aiming to enrich students' extracurricular lives, alleviate academic stress, and promote physical and mental well-being, the International College and the School of Integrated Circuits co-organized a badminton tournament. The event also aimed to enhance understanding and communication between teachers and students from both colleges. The competition took place on April 22, 2023, at the Badminton Hall in the East Zone of Yanqi Lake Campus.Enthusiastically, the students and teachers of the International College actively participated in the tournament. Eleven players, including Imrana Salisu, Hasan Ubaid Ullah, AL-HABABI MOHAMMED, Muhammed Mubeen, Rakib UI Haque, MBUSI PRIME MAFU, BEHROZ KHAN, Usama Ayaz Sunny Sohail, MD SOHRAB ALI, and TALHA CHAUHDARI, competed in the men's singles event. In the mixed doubles competition, AL-HABABI MOHAMMED and IC College's Chen Yan, as well as Rakib UI Haque and IC College's Luo Xiaoying, formed teams.The tournament followed the latest badminton rules approved by the State General Administration of Sports and comprised five categories: men's singles, women's singles, women's doubles, men's doubles, and mixed doubles. The men's singles followed the knockout system, while the women's singles, men's doubles, and women's doubles used a round-robin system. The mixed doubles competition employed a combination of group points and knockout systems.During the event, the International College players exhibited exceptional skill and sportsmanship. An interesting moment occurred when Rakib injured his foot. Despite the concern of onlooking students, he continued to play barefoot and ultimately claimed victory, embodying the spirit of an old Chinese saying – the barefooted one is not afraid of the one wearing shoes.Chinese students shared information about World Earth Day environmental activities, while Muslim students celebrated Eid al-Fitr, one of the two major Islamic holidays. They explained that this holiday holds the same significance as the Chinese New Year.In a post-match interview, MD SOHRAB ALI shared, "I love playing badminton – in fact, I also enjoy soccer, but badminton is my favorite. Sports make people happy. Another reason for participating in this event is to enhance communication not only among international students but also with Chinese students, promoting cultural exchange."Rakib Ul Haque, who won first place in both men's singles and mixed doubles, said in an interview, "Badminton is one of my favorite hobbies. I often play at our school's indoor gym. I joined the tournament for fun and to challenge myself. Badminton is a versatile sport that requires speed, agility, and coordination. It can be played indoors and outdoors, in singles or doubles, and is a great way to stay active and improve cardiovascular health. Moreover, it has a social aspect, as it can be played in small groups and is a fun way to meet new people. I thought the tournament was fantastic, featuring intense matches in various categories. I look forward to participating again in the future.
On 15 April 2023, 23 international students participated in an orienteering competition organised by the International College of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in the Summer Palace. The Summer Palace, as a historical and cultural site in China, has a long history and a deep cultural heritage. With the theme of "Exploring the beauty of the Summer Palace and experiencing Chinese culture", the event aimed to guide international students to gain a deeper understanding of Chinese culture and history, and to enhance their sense of identity with Chinese culture.The event took place amidst the beautiful scenery of the Summer Palace with its glistening water and ancient trees. The participants were excited to receive their maps and orienteering cards and were enthusiastic about starting the competition. Participants of this event are from all over the world, representing different countries and cultural backgrounds. This event was also a cultural exchange experience for them to explore China. Participants were required to determine the attraction corresponding to the card based on the five cards provided and to check in all the challenge points completed within the time limit. The front of the card is a picture of the attraction and the back is a description of the attraction in English and Chinese. The tour leader is explaining the rulesThe orienteering covered a number of famous sites in the Summer Palace, such as the 17-hole bridge, the stone boat and the promenade. During the event, participants were not only required to tell the location of the punching points with the help of card tips, but also to work with their group members to plan an efficient route. The event is also equipped with professional services such as volunteer guidance and security to ensure the safety of the participants.Group assembly and departureA total of seven teams participated in the event, with each team consisting of two to four people, and two winning teams were selected at the end. In the course of the competition, the runners gave full play to the spirit of teamwork and collaborated with each other to solve the problems. The orienteering was a difficult one, with the runners having to overcome challenges of language, terrain and culture. When asked about their winning strategy, members of the champion team (Players) said they first guessed the five location right, and then used the map to plan a fastest route. "I would pick up the pace when there were fewer tourists and try to get ahead (of the other teams). Everyone was so competitive and the competition was really fierce."Group discussionWhen asked which check-in point was the hardest, Leshou Hall became their unanimous answer. "You can't recognize the name of the hall on this picture so you can't tell exactly what place it is by the picture alone." "The buildings in the Summer Palace all look so much alike that it was hard to find the right place." The captain of the runners-up (Fluffydemons) shared their winning tip with us, "When we saw that everyone in the group was confused, we went online and searched the Chinese and English descriptions so that we could pinpoint the attraction." In addition, they also asked the park staff to ensure that they went to the correct spot.Registering presence in front of Leshou HallAfter the race, the participants said that exploring Chinese culture and history via orienteering was interesting, special and was a brand new experience. Through this event, the students gained a deeper understanding of Chinese culture and were enchanted. They would share this wonderful experience with their families and friends. International students also said they hoped to participate in more activities like this in the future.Winner and runner-up group photoOn 15 April 2023, 23 international students participated in an orienteering competition organised by the International College of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in the Summer Palace. The Summer Palace, as a historical and cultural site in China, has a long history and a deep cultural heritage. With the theme of "Exploring the beauty of the Summer Palace and experiencing Chinese culture", the event aimed to guide international students to gain a deeper understanding of Chinese culture and history, and to enhance their sense of identity with Chinese culture.Group picture of contestants
Every museum is a treasure trove of national cultural genes, and the life trajectories of every cultural relic are awe-inspiring.—— National Treasure To promote cultural exchanges and enable international students to better understand Chinese historical and cultural background, while also enhance their integration into Chinese culture, International College UCCG organized a visit to the National Museum. On March 19th 2023, both international and Chinese students set out from the Yanqi Lake Campus of the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences to visit one of China’s cultural landmarks, the National Museum of China. To avoid cursory observation, the International College invited Mr. Liao, a bilingual Chinese-English guide from Renmin University to provide on-site explanations from a cultural fusion and Sino-Western comparison perspective, making it easier for students to understand the significance behind each exhibit. They began the visit from the “Ancient China” exhibition hall. As a permanent exhibition hall of the museum, it comprehensively displays the history of Chinese culture over the last five thousand years from various aspects, including ancient religion, chronology, landscape. Through physical exhibits and multimedia displays, students felt as if they’ve been transported into a grand historical scroll, and were completely immersed in the experience. In the exhibition areas for pottery, bronze, jade, calligraphy and painting, students gained a more intuitive and in-depth understanding of the ancient civilizations.One international student excitedly said, “Although I had some understanding of Chinese culture before, I found more historical secrets that I haven’t known before. This is an experience I will never forget.”In addition, the "Road to Rejuvenation", "Ancient Chinese Cuisine Culture Exhibition" ,"The Power of Science and Technology", and other exhibition areas at the museum have also attracted the attention of international students. The exquisite artifacts and exhibits showcased in these exhibitions have amazed international students with the ultimate elegance and precision of China's cultural heritage and the rapid development of the country.This activity not only enhanced international students’ knowledge of Chinese culture, but also provided a platform for cultural exchange between international and Chinese students, strengthening friendship among everyone. For international students, Chinese culture is bound to leave a deep impression. WWhat we gain--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------As an international student, it was my first time visiting the National Museum of China. It was exciting and anticipated, and it sparked endless amazement and admiration in me. The museum provided a unique opportunity for me to learn about the country's rich cultural heritage and gain in-depth insights into Chinese society and history. Through the visit, I gained a better understanding of the figures, places, and events of Chinese civilization. The experience of visiting the National Museum of China enabled me to appreciate the beauty of Chinese history and tradition.—— Maryam TariqThe tour of the National Museum of China was an immersive experience that provided a glimpse into the rich history and culture of this ancient civilization. The museum houses a vast collection of artifacts, artworks, and historical objects dating back thousands of years, including the world-famous Terracotta Army. During the tour, we learned about the various dynasties that ruled China, their achievements, and their way of life. The museum also provides insights into Chinese philosophy, religion, and literature. In conclusion, a visit to the National Museum of China is a must for anyone interested in exploring the roots of Chinese civilization and its enduring legacy.——Muhammad MubeenThrough this visit, international students had a glimpse of the vastness and depth of Chinese culture. This visit can also benefit their future study and life. As China rises in the process of globalization, Chinese culture is also receiving increasing attention and love internationally. The International College will continue to guide international students to gain a deeper understanding of Chinese culture, broaden their horizon, and promote communication and integration with different cultures. We believe that through continuous communication, international students will deepen their understanding and affection of China, and contribute to future cultural exchanges.
International CollegeVSCollege of Resources and EnvironmentIn the afternoon of October 15, the first round of the "2022 International College Football Friendly Match" kicked off in the football field of the Yanqi Lake East Campus. Nearly 30 players from the International College (IC) and the College of Resources and Environment participated in the game, which consisted of three sessions of 30 minutes each.At 1:30 pm, players from both sides, led by the referees, entered into the field at a brisk pace and in full spirit. They high-fived each other and greeted the referees and the crowd. Then, all of them entered the pitch and stood waiting for the game to start.At the whistle, the IC team kicked off first, and players from both teams quickly got into the swing of things. IC players kept attacking actively and had a number of threatening shots on goal within the first ten minutes. As both sides got to know each other better, the game became increasingly intense. Halfway through the first session, IC players cooperated perfectly and attacked decisively, scoring the first goal of the game. Our players then worked harder and continued to carry out a number of powerful attacks. Finally, at the end of the first session, IC took a temporary lead with a score of 1:0. After a short break, the second session kicked off, whose tempo was significantly faster than the first one, with both teams attacking more often and defending more strongly. IC players kept their high spirits and continued to attack, bringing the ball near the opponent's goal several times and putting great pressure on them. On one occasion when the ball was served, an IC player seized the right opportunity to shoot the ball into the goal just as it entered the field. This wonderful goal won a cheer from the crowd and made our players even more dynamic, taking the initiative on the field throughout the game.In the last session of the match, IC players continued to perform brilliantly and wined applause and cheers with their accurate passing, excellent crossing and outstanding defending. With tacit cooperation, IC scored again, further extending the score and keeping it until the end of the game. Finally, IC won the friendly match with a score of 3:0.At the end of the match, referees and players from the College of Resources and Environment congratulated IC players, who also expressed their gratitude.During the friendly match, IC players showed good spirit, who adhered to the principle of "friendship first, competition second". They were dynamic, tactical and united on the court. Their performances were highly recognized by the opponents and the referees.Author: Yan QinglinPhotographs: Wu TianqiReviewer: Jiang YimingEditor: Yan Qinglin