Chinese calligraphy is an art that takes a lifetime, and a bit of inner peace, to master. Through calligraphy, Chinese characters, called 汉字 hanzi, are expressed at the full limits of their beauty.
ZJNU students practice 婺剧 wuju, a unique style of Chinese opera that is only performed in Jinhua. It’s a rare treat to learn the craft, and even more special to wear the distinct costumes.
ZJNU international students are coached in the traditional art of paper-cutting. Chinese language students learn more than characters, grammar and vocabulary. Classes are a chance to explore and participate in China’s rich arts and craft culture.
The big field in the center of campus is a great place to fly kites when the weather is nice. Kites are usually flown on two holidays, Youth Day on May 5 and Children’s Day on June 1. Students without a traditional Chinese paper kite can pick up a cheap one in the local Beimen shopping area and join in the fun.
Quzhou, a city about an hour from Jinhua, is home to the only Confucian temple in southern China, called 孔子南家庙 kongzi nanjiamiao. These students went to this temple to celebrate Confucius’ 2,565th birthday.
International students are encouraged to participate in competitions and performances which showcase their talents. These two songbirds got their names in lights during Zhejiang Dream, hosted at ZJNU in 2014.
An annual Chinese language competition, called 汉语桥 hanyu qiao or Chinese Bridge, offers international students a chance to compete for prizes and glory.