Basking in the warm sunshine in autumn, the students in Grade 7 in SUIS started their first cultural field trip to Shaoxing.
During the 3-day cultural field trip with a tight schedule, the students were exposed to nature and studied in a real environment. They were immersed in the books, talking with the late masters; they sought to find out the beauty of intangible cultural heritage along the path; they searched for real marks learnt from the textbooks in Lu Town…
On the first day, they roamed about Orchid Pavilion, trying to know about interesting stories of geese and Wang Youjun, looking for 30 different types of the Chinese character Zhi, and experiencing the combination of softness and hardness and varieties in the works of the great calligrapher.
In the afternoon, walking and pondering from the Garden of herbs to Sanwei Bookshop, the children constantly restored the various descriptions in the textbooks written by Mr. Lu Xun. In Lu Xun’s former residence, from nearby tables engraved with the word “early” and the acacia tree in the courtyard, the students got deep insight into Mr. Lu Xun .
The next day, the children came to the East Lake, one of the three famous lakes in Zhejiang Province, to experience the ingeniously designed garden featuring cliffs, caves, stone bridges and lake surface and enjoyed the art of Chinese classical architectural aesthetics. Along the path enclosed by the ancient canal, the children were deeply attracted. Walking into winding paths, they couldn’t help singing the poem of “Bamboo paths lead to seclusion, where flowers and woods bloom behind the house of Zen “; Sometimes they stopped to see the fish at the bottom of the lake, reciting a poeming “there are hundreds of fish in the pond, all of them seem to swim in the air”; Looking at arch bridges and wandering in the bamboo forests while boating on the lake, all of which brings us the greatest growth and harvest.
On the third day, we arrived at the last stop – the Ke Yan scenic area representing the ancient Yue culture. The children enjoyed Shaoxing’s water village, and had a full view of ancient quarries. Among them, the “Maitreya Buddha” is vivid and the “Yungu” Valley is the most amazing and magnificent.
The most impressive is Lu Town, which restores the fictional homeland in Lu Xun’s novels into an architectural entity where the students can really touch and feel it .
Along with this wonderful trip which helps us grow and harvest. We also enjoy the unique charms of Shaoxing such as the culture of stones, bridges, spirits and drama.
Each street and every powder wall of Shaoxing have been turned into ripened fruits and been the memory of our growth.