Confucius Institute

Report on Chinese Bridge Summer Camp 2013

2013 Ohio Chinese Bridge Summer Camp Students Return from China

On July 25th, 2013, thirteen local students who took part in the “Chinese Bridge” Summer Camp for American High School Students landed at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, celebrating and hugging their long-waiting parents, relatives and friends. Everyone could sense their satisfaction about their journey to China; from the beaming smiles and excited conversation between the students and their families, it was clear that this event was a powerful, thrilling, and educational experience.

The two-week “Chinese Bridge” Summer Camp for American High School Students (held this year from July 9th to July 25th) is a large-scale event hosted by Confucius Institute’s Headquarter (Hanban) and co-hosted by 31 American Confucius Institutes. 13 students from Cleveland, 6 students from Akron, and 8 students from Toledo together participated in this summer camp event from the “Ohio Confucius Institute Joint Group,” a collection of Confucius Institutes around the region.

Chaperones and students departed from Cleveland on July 9th and arrived in Beijing at midnight on July 10th (Beijing Time). The next day, 500 high school students from across the United States attended an opening ceremony with their lead teachers, chaperones, and tour guides. At the opening ceremony, the teachers’ delegate shared previous students’ experiences and successes with the Chinese Bridge Summer Camp, provided orientation information, and showed a video of the closing ceremonies of previous Chinese Bridge programs which included students participating in traditional Chinese dance, classic songs, and music. Full of expectation and curiosity, the campers then visited the Headquarters of the Confucius Institute (Hanban), as well as the Summer Palace and Yonghegong Lamasery.

Students Safely Arrived in Beijing Royal School

Campers from the Ohio Confucius Institute Joint Group were assigned to the Henan Team “Discovering Chinese Kung Fu” in order to explore traditional martial arts and Kung Fu in China. On July 12th, the campers took a flight to Dengfeng, Henan province, where the local school prepared elaborate performances with martial arts and national customs in order to welcome teachers and students. This activity not only aroused the interests of students, but also motivated them to begin learning martial arts.

Students learning Chinese Kung Fu under the guidance of professional instructors

On July 13th, campers were introduced to their summer camp program groups for the remainder of the program. Campers were assigned to different groups based on their Chinese language proficiency. Each group of fewer than 15 students was allocated a professional teacher in order to guarantee a high efficiency in their language studies. Campers’ daily routine included learning Mandarin Chinese and studying martial arts. In addition, campers learned from lectures about the culture of Shaolin martial arts, learned Chinese traditional paper cutting and folding, and watched the live-action performance “Grand Show of Shaolin Zen Music” as well as a film titled The Shaolin Temple. Chinese and American teachers and students lived together, and together attended classes and participated in activities. Through this extended contact, teachers and students established a great friendship and gained greatly from their cultural exchange. The positive attitudes of the American students in adjusting to life in the program made a good impression on everyone. After the summer camp, the students also took the YCT (Young Learner's Chinese Test) exam, which is administered by Hanban. On July 19th, campers attended to the closing ceremony of the martial arts camp, which was held in Luming Heights.

Campers learning Chinese in language classes

Campers participating in performances during the “Discovering Chinese Kung Fu” closing ceremonies

On July 20th, campers left Dengfeng to visit Luoyang. During their stay, students visited Luoyang No.1 Middle School, communicated with students, and participated in local school social activities so that the campers could personally experience the Chinese style of education. Campers also visited with Chinese families. In a full-day visit experiencing Chinese family life, campers witnessed a Chinese family environment, discovered cultural differences in the relations between family members, and learned about Chinese living habits.

In order to expose campers to the beautiful scenery of China, the Confucius Institute arranged for campers to visit the Shaolin Temple, birthplace of Chinese Kung fu, and some famous historical culture attractions, such as the Longmen Grottoes. These activities, with unique Chinese cultural characteristics, not only aroused campers' interests in learning Chinese, but also allowed them to experience traditional Chinese culture. Moreover, these activities deepened their understanding of Chinese and promoted the bilateral relationship between China and America. Meanwhile, campers both learned natural and standard Chinese pronunciation and Chinese martial arts, and experienced the charm of the daily life of Chinese people and Chinese culture. For campers these were very valuable first-hand experiences, difficult as they are to experience in the United States. During this period, custodians kept closely in touch with parents and the Confucius Institute by email, and provided students’ daily schedules and progress to them. Leaders of the Cleveland State University Confucius Institute were very involved in the campers' daily life and study in China, and were in constant contact with program chaperones. For instance, after a student injured himself in martial arts training, Professor Wenzheng Liu, Chinese director of the Confucius Institute at CSU, called custodian Ms. Crystal Myhre and the teacher in charge of Hanban programming in Henan province and provided frequent updates to the student’s parents in the US. The young man’s parents were very satisfied with their experience throughout the whole process, and even sent a thank you letter to the Confucius Institute.

On July 22nd, campers returned to Beijing from Luoyang, and then participated in the friendly basketball game with Chinese students. Five hundred campers, who had returned from

different program locations across China, together climbed the Great Wall, visited Tiananmen Square, and went sightseeing at the Palace Museum. In the afternoon, all of the campers joined in preparations for the closing ceremony.

On the night of July 24th, Hanban hosted the closing ceremony. At the ceremony, Alexis Drees, a student of the Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University, gave a two-minute thank-you speech in fluent Chinese on behalf of all her fellow campers. She briefly reported what she had learned, what she had seen, and what she had experienced in her ten-day experience in Henan Province. She also gave many thanks for the assistance of the Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University and the Headquarters of Confucius Institutes. At the closing ceremony, all the campers put what they had learned on their ten-day studies on show. Our Ohio Confucius Institutes Joint Group students and other campers also from Henan Group together performed “Shaolin Kung Fu,” which won consistent favor from officials from Hanban and from the audience. To close the ceremony, all campers, teachers, and volunteers sang a heartfelt and beautiful rendition of “Beijing Welcomes You.”

Through this Summer Camp event, all the students felt that their Chinese trip was quite meaningful, and they benefited from learning the Chinese language and gaining a deep understanding of Chinese culture. In interviews with the Xinhua News Agency, many students wished that the time for the exchange could be extended, some students wanted to study in China after completing their undergraduate degrees, some hoped to travel in other cities in China, and one student expressed his hopes that he could be helpful in the communication between our two countries.

The Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University has organized the Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for local high school students since 2009. The cost, including accommodation in China as well as living and travel expenses, is borne by the Headquarters of Confucius Institutes (Hanban). This year’s summer camp is the fifth summer camp organized by Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University, but it is the first time for the Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University to collaborate with two other Confucius Institutes, and coordinate to organize the Ohio Confucius Institutes Joint Group. During the preparation process, Anthony Yen, the chairman of the Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University’s board of trustees, suggested the partnership in Confucius Institute meetings, and Quansheng Chang, the consul of the Consulate General in New York, provided generous support. Haigang Zhou, the director of the Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University, and other personnel from the other two Confucius Institutes made significant efforts to support the Summer Camp students. The Confucius Institute at CSU helped students apply for visas, booked tickets, and organized pre-orientation events for chaperones and students from the Cleveland area.

After the summer camp, we received many thank-you notes from the parents of students, all of whom were grateful both for the opportunity that Confucius Institute provided their children to be become more familiar with China, and for the care and attendance by chaperones employed by Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University.

Next year, our Confucius Institute will give more support to the local high school students who want to attend Chinese Bridge Summer Camp. Students and parents interested in our program can find updated information on our website or by contacting or visiting the Confucius Institute offices at Cleveland State.

Chinese Bridge Summer Camp 2013 in CHINA (for U.S. High School Students)

2013 Chinese Bridge-Summer Camp for U.S. High School Students Itinerary

7/6/2013

2013汉语桥-美国高中生夏令营活动方案(草案)
2013 Chinese Bridge-Summer Camp for U.S. High School Students Itinerary (Draft)

——北京段   In Beijing

日期
Date

时间
Time

活动内容
Activities

组别
Groups

地点
Venue

Tue
9 July

20:00-20:30

中方接待单位协调会
Coordination Meeting for Chinese co-organizers

中方带队教师、导游等
Chinese chaperons & teachers, tour guides

北京王府学校
Beijing Royal School

Wed
10 July

全天
Full Day

营员抵京,入住学校
Campers arrive in Beijing & check in

全体
All

北京王府学校
Beijing Royal School

下午
Afternoon

已抵达营员参观颐和园
Visit the Summer Palce (for the camperse have arrived in Beijing)

已抵京营员
The Campers have arrived in Beijing

颐和园
The Summer Palace

Thu
11 July

10:00-11:00

夏令营总体情况介绍及文化讲座
An introduction to 2013 Summer Camp & Chinese Culture Lecture

全体
All

北京王府学校
Beijing Royal School

11:00-11:30

外方带队教师协调会
Coordination Meeting for U.S. High School Chaperons

外方带队教师
U.S. High School Chaperons

13:30-17:00

参观孔子学院总部(剪纸、泥人、书法艺人现场展示),参观雍和宫,体验北京居民生活
Visit Confucius Institute Headquarters (Papercut & Clay & Calligraphy Live Show), and Yonghegong Lama Temple; Experience Beijing local life.

A组
Group A

孔子学院总部及雍和宫、北京胡同
Confucius Institute Headquarters, Yonghegong Lama Temple, Beijing Hutong

B组
Group B

Fri
12 July

上午
Morning

出发赴外省市交流学习
Departure for other provinces for exchange activities

全体
All

 

Mon
22 July

下午
Afternoon

返回北京
Back to Beijing

全体
All

 

中美学生友谊篮球赛
Sino-US Students Basketball Game

北京王府学校
Beijing Royal School

Tue
23 July

全天
Full Day

参观长城 Visit the Great Wall

全体
All

长城
The Great Wall

17:30-20:00

部分营员进行闭营晚会彩排
Some Campers rehearse for the closing ceremony.

有节目的人员
The Campers participate in performances

北京王府学校
Beijing Royal School

Wed
24 July

上午
Morning

参观天安门、故宫博物馆
Visit Tian An Men & the Forbidden City (The Palace Museum)

全体
All

天安门、故宫
Tian An Men, The Forbidden City (The Palace Museum)

14:00-16:00

部分营员进行闭营晚会彩排,其余营员布置成果展示平台
Some Campers rehearse for the closing ceremony and others prepare displays of group achievements.

北京王府学校
Beijing Royal School

16:00-16:45

成果展示及评比
Displays of Group Achievements & Vote

17:00-18:00

用餐 Dinner

19:00-20:30

闭营晚会 Closing Ceremony

Thu
25 July

全天
Full Day

离境返美 Departure for the U.S.

全体
All

 

Itinerary of 2013 Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for U.S. High School Students
--Discover Chinese Kongfu

Date

Activities

July 10-11

Pick up at the Beijing Airport, opening ceremony etc

July 12
(Fri)

06:30

Breakfast

7:00

Departure to the airport,taking flight CZ3178 to Zhengzhou.
(1015-1140)

12:00

Pick up at the airport and taking bus to Dengfeng. (lunch in the bus)

14:00

Chek in the Luming Resort Hotel.

15:00-18:00

Pre-camping Orientation

18:00

Dinner

19:30-20:30

Opening Ceremony in Henan

21:30

Curfew

July 13
(Sat)

7:00-8:00

Breakfast

08:10

Departure to Shaolin Scenic Spot, Chinese and martial arts Learning

11:30

Lunch

13:30-14:30

Noon Break

14:40

Departure for Shaolin Scenic Spot, Chinese and martial arts Learning

18:00

Dinner

19:00

Departure to Songshan Shaolin Wushu Vocational Institute to listen to the lecture of Chinese martial arts.

21:30

Back to Luming Resorts Hotel, Curfew

July 14
(Sun)

7:00-8:00

Breakfast

08:10

Departure to Shaolin Scenic Spot, Chinese and martial arts Learning

11:30

Lunch

13:30-14:30

Noon break

14:40

Departure to Shaolin Scenic Spot, Chinese and martial arts Learning

18:00

Dinner

19:30-21:00

Departure to Songshan Shaolin Wushu Vocational Institute to learn paper cutting and folding.

21:30

Back to Luming Resorts Hotel, Curfew

July 15
(Mon)

7:00-8:00

Breakfast

08:10

Departure to Shaolin Scenic Spot, Chinese and martial arts Learning

11:30

Lunch

13:30-14:30

Noon break

14:40

Departure to Shaolin Scenic Spot, Chinese and martial arts Learning

18:00

Dinner

19:30-21:00

Departure to Songshan Shaolin Wushu Vocational Institute to learn Chinese calligraphy, knitting

21:30

Back to Luming Resorts Hotel, Curfew

July 16
(Tue)

7:00-8:00

Breakfast

08:10

Departure to Shaolin Scenic Spot, Chinese and martial arts Learning

11:30

Lunch

13:30-14:30

Noon break

14:40

Departure to Shaolin Scenic Spot, Chinese and martial arts Learning

18:00

Dinner

19:00-21:00

Departure to watch the Grand Show of Shaolin Zen Music

21:30

Back to Luming Resorts Hotel, Curfew

July 17
(Wed)

7:00-8:00

Breakfast

08:10

Departure to Shaolin Scenic Spot, Chinese and martial arts Learning

11:30

Lunch

13:30-14:30

Noon break

14:40

Departure to Shaolin Scenic Spot, Chinese and martial arts Learning

18:00

Dinner

19:00-21:00

Departure to watch movie the shaolin Temple at Songshan Shaolin Wushu Vocational Institute

21:30

Back to Luming Resorts Hotel, Curfew

July 18
(Thu)

7:00-8:00

Breakfast

08:10

Departure to Shaolin Scenic Spot, Chinese and martial arts Learning

11:30

Lunch

13:30-14:30

Noon break

14:40

Departure to Shaolin Scenic Spot for the preparation of YCT test.

18:00

Dinner

19:00-21:00

Departure to Songshan Shaolin Wushu Vocational Institute to take the YCT test.

21:30

Back to Luming Resorts Hotel, Curfew

July 19
(Fri)

7:00-8:00

Breakfast

08:10

Departure to Shaolin Scenic Spot for Chinese and martial arts learning, preparation for the show of study achievements.

11:30

Lunch

13:30-14:30

Noon break

14:40

Departure to Shaolin Scenic Spot for Chinese and martial arts learning, preparation for the show of study achievements.

18:00

Dinner

19:00-21:00

Closing ceremony of the camp

21:30

Curfew

July 20(Sat)—July 21(Sun)

Campers pay a visit to Zhengzhou No.47 Middle School, Zhengzhou No.9 Middle School and Luoyang No.1 Senior High School in 3 groups for camps tour, homestay, and meet students there.

July 22
(Mon)

12:00

Departure to the airport, and fly to Beijing from Zhengzhou and Luoyang. (Zhengzhou, CA1326, 1445-1600) (Luoyang, MU5700, 1540-1720)

2013汉语桥美国高中生夏令营活动日程
主题:发现中国之功夫-河南组

时间

活动内容

7月12日(周五)

06:30

早餐

7:00

出发赴机场,乘飞机赴郑州(CZ3178,1015-1140)

12:00

乘车赴登封

14:00

入住鹿鸣山庄

15:00-18:00

入营指导(分两批)

18:00

晚餐

19:30-20:30

开营仪式

21:30

休息

7月13日(周六)

7:00-8:00

早餐

08:10

“快乐武术学汉语”教学(学汉语加学武术)

11:30

午餐

13:30-14:30

午休

14:40

“快乐武术学汉语”教学(学汉语加学武术)

18:00

晚餐

19:00

“少林武术文化”讲座

21:30

返回山庄,休息

7月14日(周日)

7:00-8:00

早餐

08:10

“快乐武术学汉语”教学(学汉语加学武术)

11:30

午餐

13:30-14:30

午休

14:40

“快乐武术学汉语”教学(学汉语加学武术)

18:00

晚餐

19:30-21:00

文化课学习-剪纸、折纸(手工制品展示)

21:30

返回山庄,休息

7月15日(周一)

7:00-8:00

早餐

08:10

“快乐武术学汉语”教学(学汉语加学武术)

11:30

午餐

13:30-14:30

午休

14:40

“快乐武术学汉语”教学(学汉语加学武术)

18:00

晚餐

19:30-21:00

文化课学习-书法、编织等

21:30

返回山庄,休息

7月16日(周二)

7:00-8:00

早餐

08:10

“快乐武术学汉语”教学(学汉语加学武术)

11:30

午餐

13:30-14:30

午休

14:40

“快乐武术学汉语”教学(学汉语加学武术)

18:00

晚餐

19:00-21:00

观看大型实景演出—禅宗少林音乐大典

21:30

返回山庄,休息

7月17日(周三)

7:00-8:00

早餐

08:10

“快乐武术学汉语”教学(学汉语加学武术)

11:30

午餐

13:30-14:30

午休

14:40

“快乐武术学汉语”教学(学汉语加学武术)

18:00

晚餐

19:00-21:00

观看电影《少林寺》

21:30

返回山庄,休息

7月18日(周四)

7:00-8:00

早餐

08:10

“快乐武术学汉语”教学(学汉语加学武术)

11:30

午餐

13:30-14:30

午休

14:40

“快乐武术学汉语”教学及YCT考前辅导

18:00

晚餐

19:00-21:00

进行YCT测试

21:30

返回山庄,休息

7月19日(周五)

7:00-8:00

早餐

08:10

“快乐武术学汉语”教学(学汉语加学武术)及学习成果排练

11:30

午餐

13:30-14:30

午休

14:40

“快乐武术学汉语”教学(学汉语加学武术)及学习成果排练

18:00

晚餐

19:00-21:00

闭营仪式

21:30

休息

7月20日—7月21日

营员分赴郑州市第47中学、郑州市第9中学和洛阳一高,参观中学,居家和文化体验,与学生进行联谊活动。

7月22日(周一)

中午12:00

赴机场,午餐后分别从郑州和洛阳乘机返京(郑州,CA1326,1445-1600)(洛阳,MU5700,1540-1720)

Preliminary Information Chinese Bridge Summer Camp 2013

2/7/2013

In January 2013 we received preliminary notice from Hanban informing us that Hanban plans to have the 2013 Chinese Bridge Summer Camp.

Hanban will send formal announcement and application forms in the forthcoming weeks.  We will then provide this information to our Chinese language teachers(if you are not on our email distribution list, kindly email j.handlovic@csuohio.edu to ask to be added to the list. Thanks.)  

In the meantime, we can provide you with the following information:

  • Dates in July 2013 are pending Hanban approval.
  • Arrival and departure is being planned for Beijing.
  • Participants are required to take care of their round-trip international air ticket costs, international travel insurance, and visa fees.   
  • Hanban will be taking care of the costs of accommodation, transportation, and activities for students in China. 
  • The student application fee is $200 and refundable only if not accepted to the Summer Camp. 

Passport: Students who are serious about this opportunity should make sure they have a current passport or apply for a passport now.

If you have an idea of the number of students seriously intending to participate from your school, kindly let us know.

Stay tuned for further information!