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
On October 9th, from 3:00pm to 5:00pm, the "UCAS Flag Football Competition for Fun" was held at the football field in the Yanqi Lake East Campus. The event, with over 20 students from various colleges participating in, was jointly organized by the UCAS Cross-cultural Group (UCCG) and the UCAS International College (IC-UCAS). Before the game, to prepare participants with better performance in the game, the host introduced the rules patiently, including scoring rules and the way of throwing and catching the ball.Afterwards, students practiced in groups and familiarized themselves with the rules of ball passing, ball catching, flag pulling and flag guarding, etc. Experience was accumulated for the following competition.During the competitions, participants were divided into three teams with five players in each. During the round robin games, players were in high spirits, focused, and full of enthusiasm. Although newly-formed, three teams performed quite well and members cooperated with each other smoothly in passing and catching the ball. At the same time, the defending team also took active measures to block the attack with tacit cooperation. During timeouts and halftime, students discussed tactics conscientiously to got prepared for the next round of the game.The sun was shining during the game and the players on the field were enthusiastic. Silhouettes ran on the grass and sweat flowed freely in the sunshine. Balls were passed and caught alternately in the hands of players, with flags fluttered around their waist. They moved rapidly and steadily on the playground, putting on a constant spectacle. The final game ended with a roar of cheers and students were still talking about the highlights even after the event.In this competition, every player cooperated perfectly to give exciting moments. In this competition, students from various cultural background enjoy the games together, and the smiles on everyone's faces were the best proof of the event’s success.Your browser does not support HTML5 video.Author: Yan Qinglin Jiang Yiming Photographer & Reviewer: Jiang YimingVideo: Zheng YifeiEditor: Yan Qinglin
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Each year on October 1st, China celebrates its National Day with many widely publicized events, showing national pride and commemorating one's nation on its National Day, symbolized with a five-star red flag. The five-star red flag symbolizes the great People's Republic of China. On National Day, China is decorated with five-star red flags. The five–star flags hanging everywhere made the vast number of cadres and crowds feel a strong celebratory atmosphere. Also, it showed the spirit of the new era, which is uplifting, hard work, responsibility, and unremitting struggle. Today, the People's Republic of China will celebrate its 74th anniversary. Chinese national holidays are celebrated from October 1-7, the week known as "Golden Week".When talking about National Day, it is impossible to ignore the significance of Tiananmen Square. Tiananmen Square is one of the largest squares in the world, located on the south side of Chang'an Avenue, on the traditional central axis of Beijing city. Every year on October 1st, in the early morning, the five-star red flag-raising ceremony in Tiananmen Square was around the flagpole. That's an exciting movement; people of all colors gather in Tiananmen Square to witness this beautiful scenery. During the national holidays, the schools arranged handcrafted paper painting activities for "loving the motherland and welcoming the national day" to strengthen students' patriotic education and enhance students' national awareness.Difference between dependent and independent. Independent is quality, and a dependent is an option. A person's character and his ability to form genuine connections with others are both strengthened by his pursuit of self-actualization. In today's interdependent global community, ensuring a country's or state's security is of utmost importance. National security in the modern day is not confined to just stockpiling firearms, nukes, missiles, etc. However, this protection goes beyond financial and extends to environmental and various other types of safety. A detailed list of factors related to security, including military security, economic security, border security, demographic security, security against natural disasters, energy, food, environmental, ethnic, and geo-strategic security.Throughout history, many conflicts have been fought over control of territory, rights, and freedom. These factors affect the atmosphere of peace. If China is concerned about strengthening national security, it must take a more proactive role than in the past and strengthen its international collaboration. The current changes in global power dynamics from one state to another in the 21st century will exacerbate concerns about foreign policy for developed and developing nations. But as we all know, the 19th century was a British century, the 20th century was considered the American century, and the 21st century is primarily believed to be a Chinese century. It is time for China to realize its full potential.I wish you all good health, a prosperous career, good luck, and peace. Happy National Day! In 2019, UCAS students in historic Tiananmen Square.Author Info:Muhammad Adnan, PhD Student, 2022 ANSOState Key Laboratory of Environmental Geochemistry SKLEGInstitute of Geochemistry Chinese Academy of Sciences IGCASUniversity of Chinese Academy of Sciences UCAS
During the night of 25th September 2022, the Galaxy Party, jointly organized by the International College and the Department of Foreign Languages, was successfully held at the football field in the West Campus.Before the event, the outdoor venue was meticulously decorated by volunteers, with soft lighting and warm cushions adding warmth to the green field.Also, Mike from the International College and Zheng Yifei, Chen Ran and Zhong Chao, etc. from the Department of Foreign Languages sang beautiful and romantic songs to warm up the atmosphere. When everyone arrived, they sat around and briefly introduced themselves to know each other quickly.With sky grew darker, lights coming on, and stars glittering, the Galaxy Party began. The performers presented a wonderful feast for both eyes and ears. The audience was enchanted by the beautiful songs in various languages, either elegant or dynamic. The atmosphere was brought to climax for several times by traditional Pakistani dance, hiphop, b-box and martial arts from performers of Martial Arts Association, UCAS.At the end of the party, everyone sang Tomorrow will be Better together. The warm song accompanied by the bright moonlight added warmth to that cool early autumn night.Author: Yan Qinglin Jiang YimingPhotographs: Lan TianReviewer: Jiang YimingEditor: Yan Qinglin
The 2022 Badminton Freshmen Competition, jointly organized by the UCAS Communist Youth League Committee of China and the UCAS International College (IC), kicked off on 24th and 25th September at the Gymnasium of Yanqi Lake East Campus.the Gymnasium of Yanqi Lake East CampusThe men's singles was held on 24th September, while the women's singles and men's doubles took place on 25th September. Considering the large number of participants, the field was divided into four zones to carry out fierce competitions simultaneously. The competitions were first played on a 21-point system. When it comes to eighth-final, it turned to best two of three games until the champion and runner-up were decided. IC participants included seven male singles players, three female singles players and two pairs of male doubles players.1 2022/9/24 Men's SinglesBall TossAt eight o'clock in the morning, the players arrived early to warm up. After they got ready, the organizers announced the start of the event in five courts. At the end of the first round, Umair, Qazi and L-HABABI were still on the field. After rounds of competitions, students continued to exceed themselves and the battle became more intense. Finally, Umair, the seeded player from IC, fought for every ball and made it all the way to win in the eighth-final. During the quarter final, other students gathered together to cheer for him and enjoyed the game. Despite his finally being defeated, Umair was undoubtedly the ACE of the day.2 2022/9/25 Women's Singles & Men's DoublesOn the second day of the competition, Anam, Misbah and Madeeha competed in the women's singles. Before the events, other players were keen to give advice and discuss tactics. Eventually, Madeeha advanced to the last 32.The men's doubles pair of Qazi/Umair and Fawad/Narendra from IC attracted attention for their clear division of labor and perfect cooperation. They both progressed to the last 16. In the eighth final, with Chinese and international students gathered together to watch the wonderful match. There are cheers and "jiayou" from time to time, as well as impromptu ditties from international students.Although the international students were not able to win the final match given the grueling games, their hard work on the field contributed to a spectacular performance and left us with memorable moments.The referees patiently explained the rules and reached impartial verdicts, while the players exchanged experience and cheered for both sides. They all kept in mind "friendship first, competition second".This activity is not only about running and leaping, but also handshakes and hugs. It is not about winning or losing, but friendship and benevolence, manifesting the spirit of sport.Friendship between StudentsStudents from different countries competed on the same court, showing their dynamic and feeling the joy of sports. The smiles on their faces demonstrated that they were really enjoying the game, which is the best proof of a successful badminton competition.IC Students being InterviewedAuthor & Photographs: Wang YijunReviewer: Jiang YimingEditor: Yan Qinglin
My name is Muhammad Adnan. I am from KPK, Pakistan one of the richest areas in natural resources but also one of the most deprived areas regarding facilities. Pakistan and China have been close friends for many years. Such long-standing relationship has been beneficial for both sides. Pak-China ties have been described as higher than the Himalayas, deeper than the oceans, stronger than steel, dearer than the eyesight, and sweeter than honey. The foundation of this bilateral relationship is a shared commitment to uphold and advance common interests and values. I was pleased and very satisfied after being selected for the Belt and Road Master Fellowship Programme (BRI) award. Now, I live in China. In August 2019, I became a master’s student at the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS), a big stepping stone toward a brighter future. I spent my first year at UCAS learning Chinese language and coursework before I joined my research team at the Institute of Geochemistry CAS. My stay at UCAS was an incredible time of my life. Chinese language and culture were prerequisites for my degree. The Chinese language makes me smarter and my life more entertaining. These courses helped me a lot to improve my language skills and to compete in professional life as well as student life. My seeing Chinese students going to classes early in the morning was an enjoyable moment. I learnt from them that early risers enjoys their life.UCAS is the name of nature (as well as Nature Index), which provides all research facilities with a clean environment and many more. UCAS enabled me to enjoy life through friendship, literature, intelligence, and technology. And for a nation as a whole, education sharpens a nation's hard, soft, and meta-skills to achieve a sustainable economy. That's why China is going through the way of a great nation. Looking and observing keenly, I know that UCAS has played a key role in science and technology for the last few years. I joined my research group in July 2020 at the Institute of Geochemistry CAS. It was really exciting to meet my professor Xiao Baohua for the first time on that Monday morning. My senior was also there during the meeting. Then we had a regular meeting weekly, and this meeting was a turning point and milestone for my research. The meeting was not just about asking questions but also motivating us for innovation. When I discussed my research article with my professor, he just said that Research means “thinking about thinking”. Be a professional writer! Once you have successfully published your novel work, other researchers will happily read your work, and that will be your uniqueness. Without a doubt, these were crucial factors for making me a professional in my research. All these motivations allow me to express my ideas productively. In the end, he mentioned that one could become successful if one remains consistent with one’s work. In terms of science and technology in UCAS, there are multiple platforms available where you can learn about a particular thing. This process will definitely make you a good researcher because practice makes perfect. I could feel that motivation in the process of learning and acquiring skills, values, morals, beliefs, and personal development.Morality, upbringing, ,quality, etc. make up a culture. Culture is the identity of an individual or nation, and China provides her culture and language to us. Language plays an important role in cross-culture communication. The central point is not culture but the imbalance in man’s personality. I have been with my Professor for the last three years. He often teaches me the principle of Chinese culture. In my eyes, he is a kind and traditional Chinese man full of wisdom. I am so fortunate to have such a kind Professor. I deeply enjoyed close and friendly relations with my Professor and Chinese friends.Aside from that, I went out to get knowledge from different places, including Beijing for the Great Wall and the Forbidden City, Xi’an for the Terracotta Warriors and Horsesi, Guizhou, Xinjiang for its unique natural beauty, etc. In China, It's very important to do some homework before visiting a great cultural spot. During my visit to Terracotta Army (Terracotta Warriors and Horses), I was impressed by the work of Qin dynasty, one of the most significant archaeological discoveries in history and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also known to many as one of the eight wonders in the world. As the old and well-known saying goes, "If you want to know more about China well, you should go to Terracotta Warriors and Horses to feel something splendid". My experience at the Great Wall will also stick with me forever. As a proverb goes, "He who does not reach the Great Wall is not a true man." To be a "Hero", I faced the scorching sun and arrived at the Great Wall's lofty. It struck me that Chinese culture has a long history and has been splendid for over 5000 years.Success takes many forms. But a person is truly successful when he begins to contribute to the society. To be more specific, I propose a new definition of success: Success is the satisfaction and excitement that people get when they do something they really want to do. Life is not a race. Rather, it’s a playground to radiate your uniqueness.Education is not negligible for every human being. China plays an important role in providing practical assistance to international students worldwide. Gratitude comes from the heart and urges to give back. Thanks to my teachers for their rich teaching experience and persuasive teaching methods have allowed me to make a huge leap in my grade and finally got a PhD admission under ANSO (Alliance of International Science Organizations). Now, I can continue to work hard and win glory for UCAS. Finally, I would like to thank China for the care, unwavering love, assistance, resources, and so many others provided to international students like me. A special thanks goes to Professor Xiao Baohua, UCAS, CAS, BRI, ANSO, Institute of Geochemistry, and International College for helping me, and I hope that China will be prosperous and move forward step by step.
On September 10th, 2022， Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival as well as Teachers’ Day was celebrated as a double festivals day. Associate Professor Cao Zhihong（曹志红）, teacher of ‘China Panorama’ course at the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS), China led a joint activity done by Chinese and international students of UCAS to appreciate and understand the Chinese traditions. Students on this day recited poems related to the Moon, shared some knowledge about the Mid-autumn (moon cake) festival, valued the culture via dancing and singing, and sent paired blessings for a Mid-Autumn Festival and for Teachers’ Day. Teachers and students had a great and memorable time on this day.
Those people do not have knowledge about Mid-Autumn Festival, so they do not feel the real taste of Chinese culture, which has a long history. Culture is created by language. Ancient Chinese culture was similar to the present one, but they just changed the traditional Chinese characters（繁体字） into simplified Chinese characters（简体字）. This term has given us another view of culture and activity. When we have activity-based learning, it becomes outcome-based one. Here, I provide an example: writing and speaking are activities when learning Chinese language; reading is also an activity, but it is only a part of learning. Similarly, when we want to learn about a new culture, we need an environment, and then we participate in cultural activities to learn and adjust ourselves. It’s good that China has its inclusive culture, and everyone will feel very comfortable with it once following it. A society can’t thrive if it attaches itself strongly to only its own culture and shuts doors to other cultures. But the good thing is that China, especially UCAS, provides a friendly environment to participate in Chinese cultural activities and share various culture with national and international students. Such activities give us many opportunities, regarding social gatherings and so. In advance, telling this to Newcomers, I strongly suggest to all of you to actively participate in different activities in UCAS, especially pay attention to compulsory courses very helpful for learning Chinese language and culture. Everyone will easily understand the importance of language, culture, and the environment. And it will become essential and helpful for everyone during their stay in China. In the current world, UCAS also taught how Newcomers would fit into their culture. And we all have a common desire to learn about Chinese traditional culture. At UCAS, International Students spend much of their time and energy in activities concerning Mid-Autumn Festival, Chinese New Year, and many others. Those activities give us more spirit and provide a friendly environment to improve our understanding of Chinese language and culture very well.The mid-autumn festival is here; we should learn more about it. Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋节 zhōng qiū jié) is also called the Moon Cake Festival or the Moon Festival. We all have an impression of the this traditional festival, but we may know less about it. The Origin of the Mid-Autumn Festival Only a few people can tell the source of it. The Mid-Autumn Festival originated over 3000 years ago. It was popularized during the Han dynasty（汉朝）. Mid-Autumn Festival has a long historywith various autumn seasonal customs, most of which have ancient origins. The Mid-Autumn Festival falls on the 15th day of the 8th month in Chinese lunar calendar. But in the Gregorian calendar, the date of the Mid-Autumn Festival changes every year, usually distributed between the early September and earlyOctober. Mid-Autumn Festival is celebrated in many Asian countries, but in China, it is the second most important Chinese festival after the Chinese New Year. Chinese people have a three-day holiday for this.Mid-Autumn Festival Activates and Significance Mid-Autumn Festival probably began as a harvest festival. Worshiping the moon has gradually evolved into activities like watching and singing about the moon as one of folk festivals' significant rituals and customs. The full moon symbolizes the reunion of people, comforting those who miss their hometowns and their loved ones. There are many customs and forms of the Mid-Autumn Festival, but the most influential one is probably, "Chang'e flying to the moon(嫦娥奔月 Cháng É bēnyuè) ", a myth and legend in ancient China. The story of "Chang'e flying to the Moon" tells us that no matter what we do, we must care about others, and only such a family will be full of justice. It symbolizes the yearning for a lovely reunion and a happy life shared by everyone. It is a living representation of realities inside the individual's mind. In Chinese, there is also another activity called hanging up lanterns (竖中秋 shù zhōng qiū). According to Chinese culture, the higher the lanterns are hung, the better luck they can bring. Eating moon cakes are also another significant activities. Everyone must try it to enjoy the real taste of the Mid-Autumn Festival. According to legend, rebels led by Zhu Yuan Zhang secreted messages in moon cakes to plot the overthrow of the Mongolian-founded Yuan dynasty during the Mid-Autumn Festival. Therefore, the Han people also celebrate the overthrow of the Mongolians at the Mid-Autumn Festival. As a tribute to this occasion, moon cakes are still eaten today. There are three main ways of celeberating Mid-Autumn Festival. Happy Mid-Autumn Festival |中秋节快乐 | zhōng qiū jié kuài lè. Happy Moon cake Festival | 月饼节快乐 | yuè bǐng jié kuài lè. Happy Moon Festival | 月亮节快乐 | yuè liàng jié kuài lè.Author InfoMuhammad Adnan, PhD student, 2022 ANSOState Key Laboratory of Environmental GeochemistryInstitute of Geochemistry Chinese Academy of Sciences IGCASUniversity of Chinese Academy of Sciences UCAS