Chinese culture has a history of over five thousand years. It has made numerous miracles sparkling in the history of civilization. As the economy of China is now rising, Chinese culture has attracted more and more overseas scholars, professors and students. The traditional Chinese culture has been one of the hottest issues nowadays.
The ONPS Cultural Exploration Program aims to carry forward the traditional Chinese culture and enhance the communication between China and the world. The Program consisting of cultural trips, cultural lectures, etc.. It gives a chance for professors and students at home and abroad to have a better understanding of China.
ONPS Cultural Exploration Program 2012-2014 description
In 2011, the destinations of Qingdao University International Summer School Cultural Exploration Trip were Qufu, Confucius and Mencius’ hometown and Mount Taishan, the head one of China’s Five Great Mountains.
During the Spring and Autumn Period (770-476B.C.), the State of Lu (mainly covered the central and southwest regions of what is now Shandong Province) stood out among the vassals for its developed culture and many a talent. Lu established its capital in Qufu. At that time, Qufu was in its prime time and was the most prosperous city in China except the national capital Haojing (present Xi’an) of the Zhou Dynasty. Qufu was known as the home of rites and music in the eastern China and the cradle of Confucianism. Nowadays, several historic sites in Qufu are mirroring the image of State Lu in its Golden Age.
Mount Taishan, one of the greatest mountains in China, is the symbol of Chinese nation and embodies Chinese culture. It represents the relationship between humans and nature. In 1987, Mount Tai was inscribed on the World Heritage Site List.
In 2012 and 2013, the destination of Qingdao University International Summer School Cultural Exploration Trip was Laoshan, the highest coastal mountain in China. Facing the Yellow Sea, Mt. Laoshan is located to the east of Qingdao. The tall and majestic Mt. Laoshan is famous for its marvelous mountain scenery and coastal landscape. It also holds significant importance in Taoism, an old religion originated in China. It is a must see when you visit Qingdao.
Besides, the famous calligraphers also gave a lecture on the origination and development of Chinese characters and taught the professors how to use bamboo brushes for Chines writings in 2012 and 2013 summer school session. Moreover, our professors also learned how to make traditional Chinese food like Jiaozi and Tangyuan.
In 2014, Qingdao University International Summer school’s professors and students visited Qingdao International Horticultural Exposition. It is a good chance for the professors to deepen their understaning of Chinese culture.
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