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Foreigners enjoy Chinese square dancing

2018/4/8 15:50:04   source:sdchina.com

Recently, six foreigners invited by “Touch Shandong” column of sdchina.com had a close look at the community cultural construction of Shandong province in Lyuyuan Community of Shizhong Distric in Jinan. They not only visited the gymnasium, chess and card room and other infrastructures, but also learned square dancing, a kind of aerobic exercise created by Chinese dama (middle aged women).

Raza, from Pakistan is a regular attendee of “Touch Shandong” experience activity. Previously, he knew nothing about Chinese language, but by virtue of his passion for Chinese culture, he learns Chinese very quickly and now can speak everyday Chinese frequently.

With limited time to learn, they cannot complete the entire dance, but Raza still learned to dance very happily in sync with Chinese dama from Lyuyuan Community. Raza said he loves Chinese culture and hopes to learn more skills through participating in the activity. “I think Shandong is rich in culture and Shandong people are very zealous and friendly with cooperative spirit,” added Raza, “I enjoy the life here.”

Dahal from Nepal and Saranapala from Sri Lanka were drawn into the dance as soon as they walked into the dancing room and couldn’t wait to dance following the dancers. Both of them are skilled in dancing, so they learned the square dancing very fast. “This activity is very interesting. Old people can gather at a place to sing and dance,” said Dahal, “You know it’s very healthy for them, both in body and mind.”

Saranapala said he loves the rich and brilliant Chinese culture and wants more opportunities to explore China.

Six foreigners spent much of the afternoon in visiting China's community cultural construction and learn Chinese square dancing. They said the activity provides them a good opportunity to explore China and Shandong from multiple manners and perspectives.

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