German student walking around China

Confucius Institute Scholarship student Reuter Lars-Pascal (Germany) writes about his experiences walking around China: “I told my friends who were crazy about America that Shanghai was by no means inferior to New York.”

What’s China really like in the eyes of foreigners? Which parts of Chinese culture are the most attractive? What are their personal experiences while learning Chinese language? Are there any touching stories that happened to them during their stay in China? You will find the answers here. After reading the following stories, don’t you have the desire to pick up your pen and put down something in Chinese about things around you?

Confucius Institute Scholarship student
Reuter Lars-Pascal (Germany)
 
In my country, Germany, if someone has an opportunity to go abroad, he will usually say, ‘I want to go to America, to chase my American Dream’. However, I have had my own views. I have been to many countries since I was small, and from my perspective, America is not much different from Germany. By comparison, the country that really has attracted me is China. Although I had never been there before, I had felt her mysterious and colossal presence through literature and film.

After seeing the Chinese film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, I was really intrigued by its distinctive ancient costumes, the Chinese Kung Fu and the Chinese characters’ mindset; I really wanted to have a better understanding, so I began to study Chinese. My Chinese teachers introduced me to everything Chinese; it was like a door that had been opened before me. I wanted to go to China in person, to find out if the Great Wall was really that imposing, if the Forbidden City was really as magnificent, if the roar of the Yellow River could really induce passion and if the Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang were really that mysterious…. Of course, there was also the delicious Chinese food. If I didn’t taste it myself, how could I know whether it was really as delicious as the teachers had told us?

Therefore, I made up my mind to go to China. Before I left, my friends couldn’t fully understand my decision. I told them, ‘I love China. I have my Chinese dream, just like you have your American dream.’

I will keep on studying Chinese, introduce China to more people so that they can understand China and have an opportunity to study and live in China. I want to tell my friends in Germany

I first arrived in Shanghai. When I walked on the streets of Shanghai for the first time, I was really shocked by the crowds of people. I went to the Bund in the evening and I was overwhelmed by the tall buildings. The different shaped buildings and the colorful neon lights made Shanghai an extremely beautiful place. I told my friends who were crazy about America that Shanghai was by no means inferior to New York. Standing by the Huangpu River and hearing the steam whistle from ships passing by, I knew that I had made the right choice.

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“The Forbidden City and the Great Wall were even more magnificent than what I had expected.”

When I arrived in Beijing, I found it as prosperous as Shanghai, but there was a feeling of grandeur that was missing in Shanghai. The Forbidden City and the Great Wall were even more magnificent than what I had expected.

I now firmly believe what my teachers  told me and I am more sure of my dream. I want to visit all the famous mountains and rivers in China, to measure their grandeur with my own eyes. I will keep on studying Chinese, introduce China to more people so that they can understand China and have an opportunity to study and live in China. I want to tell my friends in Germany, “Come to China!”


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Published in Confucius Institute Magazine
Number 34. Volume V. September 2014.

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