Overseas Trips
22nd August 2017

Bilingual Studies Programme (BSP) Xi’An Trip 2017

这趟学习之旅令人获益匪浅。西安曾经在秦汉唐代时期为古都,也被命名为长安,寓意长久安定。秦代的兵马俑各个神情百态,汉代的张骞开创了丝绸之路,唐代的繁华盛世,都让我们见识到了中国历史的悠久与古人的智慧。当然,我们也去了延安,参观了革命旧址,去了中国红色旅游的景点,了解到革命时期战士们的牺牲以及当时的凶险争斗。除了品味历史,我们也去了西北大学听了五场不同的讲座,讲师们各有千秋,也各有特点。他们讲得绘声绘色,令我们听得津津有味,也让我们了解到一些重要的知识,比如中巴经济走廊、中国的教学制度、孙中山革命思想的变迁等。让大家印象特别深刻的是其中欣赏到的两个爱情故事:一个是骊山山水剧《长恨歌》,讲述的是唐玄宗与杨贵妃的凄美爱情,另一个是在大明宫遗址公园的IMAX电影的《大明宫传奇》,讲述的是唐代的公主与波斯王子的爱情故事。这两个故事都各有特色,特别是《长恨歌》;只能用四个字总结:叹为观止。

17Y4J刘憬颐同学分享了她在这趟旅游的经验:

“这次的十天西安双文化浸濡课程让我获益不浅,不仅让我更深入地了解中国几千年丰富的历史文化,也让我进一步参考了中国教育制度等的社会课题。这次的行程非常丰富,参访了陕西省许多历史古迹,革命遗址以及一个自然景观:黄河壶口瀑布。其中印象最为深刻的是秦兵马俑。我们虽然只参观了一小部分,却能深深体验到古人的智慧。早在三千年前秦人就已有了防锈技术,出土的青铜剑仍然锋利而没有生锈,是因为剑的表面有一层10微米厚的铬盐化合物。期待着还有下一次机会能够更深入地参观这个景点。另外我们也到访了高新一中交流,可惜的是当时是高考的时期,所以与学生们交流的时间很短,而且只与一间中学交流,无法真正了解当地的教育环境。总体而言,这次的西安浸濡活动很顺利,也很感谢老师们、领队以及导游对我们的悉心照料。期待着下一次的浸濡活动。”

以下则是17Y4G蒋可心同学对于这次浸濡之旅的感想:

“这次的西安之旅让我学习到了不少东西,不仅限于中国的历史文化,还有生活中的自理能力。在这十天里,我们参观了不少景点,有古代的陵墓,革命遗址还有自然景观,都是在新加坡所感受不到的。我看到了壮观的秦兵马俑,不禁赞叹中华民族的聪慧,早在几千年前就掌握了种种技术。我们的导游知识渊博,能很有效地向我们解释景点中值得观看的实物和西安当地的风土人情。各个景点中的导览员也让我们进一步了解西安的文化。西安可谓是一座真正的历史古都,步步古迹,让我们感受到了中国源远流长的历史。从上古时代的轩辕黄帝陵,到秦朝的秦始皇陵和汉代的汉阳陵,再至明代的城墙和中国近代历史的革命区域,我们体会到了中华上下五千年来之不易,经历了不少战乱与波折才发展至今。在西安,我们还与一所当地顶尖的中学进行交流。交流过程中,我们看到了中国学生的刻苦与学习环境,与新加坡也有很大的差别。这也让我意识到了在新加坡学习是一种幸福,不是每个学生都能享受我们的待遇,所以要珍惜。我们还在西北大学听了几堂讲座,学到了关于中国的历史。短短十天的西安之旅很快就结束了,让我们都依依不舍。从了解中国历史的进程与文化、科技的进展,到学习中国现代的境况,我们都是收益非浅。唯一美中不足的就是我们每天的食物虽美味,份量却太大而很浪费。此外,西北大学的讲座有些枯燥。但是总的来说,我们的西安之旅的安排都非常周到、顺畅,为此我要感谢我们的带队老师们。期待下次的浸儒活动!”

The ten days of venturing into the ancient city of Xi’an, China, was nothing less than an intriguing experience. The city’s heady mix of history, culture and modernity emitted an exotic vibe that attracted the students to further uncover its beauty. The unusual sight of Chinese Muslims roaming the streets of Xi’an has added to the unique flavour of the city. The students were later thrilled to learn about the rich heritage of Chinese Muslims in China during a tour around the Great Mosque of Xi’an (清真寺). Some of the highlights of the trip must have been the historical tour around the Mausoleum of the Yellow Emperor (黄帝陵), the Daming Palace (大明宫), and the opportunity to witness the stunning Terracotta figures of the Qin dynasty (秦兵马佣). These, coupled with the museum trips and informative tour commentaries, have taught the group that discovering a country’s heritage and history is the key to understanding its place in the world today.

The group’s detour to Yan’an also gave them significant insights into the political turmoil of China in the olden days that outlined China’s route towards a Communist society we see at this very day. Students and teachers were also privileged to attend several enriching lectures by the professors of Northwest University (西北大学), on topics ranging from China’s international relations, education system, communism and revolution, as well as its take on climate change. This has very much contributed to their understanding of China, and has probed them to ponder upon its capacity for future advancements. Their factory visit to Yili Dairy Group(伊利乳业)has also allowed them to better understand the secret behind the smooth operation of this globally recognised company: essentially, an efficient, passionate and energetic staff. One of the main highlights of the trip was having the chance to witness the magnificent Song of Everlasting Sorrow (长恨歌), a beautiful musical set against the natural backdrop of Mount Li (骊山). The graceful motion of the female lead, coalesced with the robust performance of her male counterpart, bringing its audience on an emotional rollercoaster ride through their bittersweet love story. Not to mention, the special effects captured everyone’s hearts and kept the audience on the edge of their seats. These very much summed up the trip to Xi’an, China as part of the Bicultural Studies Programme. On the whole, this journey has been a real eye-opener and has taught both students and teachers invaluable lessons beyond the classroom. There is a quote which says: “The world is a book, and those who do not travel, only read a page.” This could not be more true, especially with regards to this experience!

17Y4L Huang Rui Yue had this to say about her experience:

“My Xi’an Immersion was a fruitful and enriching one. Many interesting programmes were lined up for us. The journey started with visiting the top university in Shaanxi Province, the Northwest University. We had several lectures there with the professors, which broadened our knowledge of China. Besides, the lectures were conducted in Chinese, which value-added to our learning of the BSP modules in school. The visits to museums and various industries also deepened my understanding of China’s culture, history, and business acumen. What intrigued us most was the history of the city itself. Once known as Chang’an (Eternal Peace), Xi’an marks the Silk Road’s eastern end and was home to eleven dynasties’ ruling houses. At archaeological sites in Xi’an’s surrounding plains were the famed Terra Cotta Army, where thousands of life-size, hand-moulded figures were buried with China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang. The preservation of Xi’an’s ancient culture did not hinder modern city life. Instead, it has added a vibrancy and identity to the city. This overseas immersion trip to Xi’an, the most ancient city of China, has definitely sparked my curiosity to explore and experience the rich culture and long history of China.”

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