The 2nd ASEAN-China Youth Summer Camp took place in Beijing on 10-12 July and Chengdu on 13-16 July. Read a report written by a Korean participant Sugyeong Kang that vividly illustrates the camp story!
BEIJING, CHINA (10-12 JULY)
#Day 1: Bird’s Nest and Water Cube
We arrived in Beijing in the morning and spent the afternoon waiting for others and getting to know each other. In the evening, we headed for the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube, which were used as a main stadium at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
#Day 2: ASEAN-China Centre > BaiGongFang Handcraft and Art Museum
We had the opening ceremony at the ASEAN-China Centre (ACC) in the morning. The Secretary General of ACC and ambassadors from each country attended and encouraged us to build mutual trust and friendship and contribute to the stronger cooperation and relationship among our communities through the camp. It was such a great honor that I gave a remark on behalf of the participants of the Youth Summer. During the occasion, a representative of ACC explained the brief history of ACC and main areas they’re focusing on.
Next, we went to the Beijing BaiGongFang Handcraft and Art Museum, where we saw many exquisite handcrafts and had a chance to paint a mask ourselves. It was interesting to learn about the meaning of each color used for a mask.
#Day 3: Great Wall > Summer Palace
Even though we arrived at the Great Wall early in the morning, there were already so many people hiking, and it reminded us that this is China where 1.3 billion people is living. The Great Wall along the ridge was such a stunning view and all of us had fun, capturing the moment with hundreds of photos.
Next, we went to the Summer Palace, the largest imperial garden in the world. It was hard to believe the lake is manmade because its size so enormous we couldn’t see it at a glance even from the highest building.
CHENGDU, CHINA (13-16 JULY)
#Day 4: Chinese Traditional Painting Class (Giant Panda Painting) > Chengdu Tiangfu New City Convention
We departed Beijing very early in the morning, took a bullet train for about 8 hours and arrived in Chengdu in the afternoon. People from Chengdu University welcomed us with joy at the station. We directly went to take the Chinese traditional painting class and learned how to draw a giant panda with brush. Then, we moved to the Chengdu Tiangfu New City convention and had a banquet with Mr. Luo Qiang, Mayor of Chengdu.
#Day 5: Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding > Photography Class > Kuanzhai Ancient Street of Qing Dynasty > Sichuan Hotpot > Sichuan Opera
At the photography class, we learned some basic principles of photography and had a chance to try it ourselves, taking a photo of each other. The teacher commented on our photos regarding how to improve the result.
Sichuan food is most well-known for its hot and spicy flavor, and one of the most popular dishes is Sichuan Hotpot. A variety of ingredients made an amazing taste together, and it gave a lesson that we need to mingle together and keep doing our best to make the better future of our communities across physical borders and language barriers.
Sichuan opera consisted of diverse performances such as a comedy, instrument playing, etc. Even though we couldn’t understand the lines, the atmosphere itself was amusing and we were so immersed in the opera.
#Day 6: Chengdu Museum > Cartoon Class > Closing Ceremony
We could take a look at the life of old Chengdu and development of unique culture of Chengdu at the Chengdu Museum.
At the cartoon class, we portrayed ourselves and got comments such as unconsciousness behind the way we used the line, colors, etc.
We prepared a performance which can show the feature of each country on the closing ceremony. Philippines, Singapore and Korea sang a Korean song called “I Believe” by Seunghoon Shin, in our own languages, Tagalog, Chinese, and Korean, which brought harmony and unity to us.
The past 7 days were full of truly eye-opening experiences and such a great opportunity to improve the understanding on each other. Moreover, experiencing in person is the best way to deepen the understanding on something. Since the camp was held in two cities, Beijing and Chengdu, which have a great importance from the political, historical, and cultural point of view, various activities we’ve done were a good starting point to take a look at China in many ways. I believe, we had a positive effect on each other and obtained fresh insight on our interests and on ways to strengthen our communication through the camp.
I would say one week is somewhat short or somewhat long time depending on what we do and what we achieve. This one week Youth Summer Camp in China was definitely short for us because we had so many interesting experiences and were with great companions.
I really appreciate ASEAN-Korea Centre for providing us of such a precious opportunity!
By Sugyeong Kang, Participant of the 2nd ASEAN-China Youth Summer Camp