Integrated Learning Programme (ILP)
China Historical and Cultural Exploration Series 2023
Over 20 Lingnan students visit Xi'an and Zhengzhou to learn their history and development
The successful China Historical and Cultural Exploration Series 2023 is over for the summer. Over 20 Lingnan students visited the ancient capital of Shaanxi, Xi'an, and the provincial capital of Henan, Zhengzhou, increasing their understanding of China's glorious history and unique culture, and strengthening their national identity. Both tours were organised by the Office of Student Affairs (OSA), and focused on the Chief Executive's 2022 Policy Address stressing the East-meets-West international cultural exchange.
The first, the Xi'an Cultural Exchange Tour, was organised by the OSA and the Hong Kong Central District Commerce and Industry Association. The students visited the Cultural Heritage Research Institute of Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU), where Director Sun Xuanlu, Professor Shi Jianggang, and Professor Xia Qixing showed them China's latest developments in cultural relic preservation technology. They then met Mr. Zhao Feng, Deputy Director of the Xi'an Municipal Bureau of Culture and Tourism, who told them about the city's vibrant tourism and finest foods. The students also visited several archaeological and historical museums and sites, including the Shaanxi Archaeological Museum, South Mount Wutai, the Forest of Stone Steles Museum, Qianling, the Terracotta Army, and Huaqing Palace.
The second tour, Meet You in Henan, was a two-week summer camp at Zhengzhou University of Light Industry (ZZULI). The opening ceremony was attended by Mr. Wang Huaxing, Director of the Department of International Cooperation and Exchange of the Henan Provincial Department of Education, and Ms. Bai Yanhong, Vice President of the ZZULI. During the camp, Lingnan, Mainland Chinese and Korean students explored Zhengzhou's spectacular scenery and eye-opening technological advancements. They also visited several cultural heritage sites, including the Longmen Grottoes, Henan Museum, and Sui-Tang Dynasties Grand Canal Cultural Museum.
This exploration tour series has allowed students to witness firsthand China's fascinating past and dynamic present, and learn to appreciate the diversity and distinctiveness of China.