Foreign athletes experience traditional Chinese culture
CHONGQING (CQNEWS) -- On September 25, Anima Enkhbaata, a swimmer from Mongolia, pointed to the brush on the table and said to the volunteers in Mandarin Chinese at the Asian Games Village Volunteer Service Center, “I want to write ‘I like swimming’ in Chinese.”
Anima Enkhbaata is fond of Chinese culture and wants to know how to write “I like swimming” in Chinese. She wanted to have a try when she happened to see the brush calligraphy experience activity.
With the help of volunteers, Anima Enkhbaata exchanged badges and made a rubbing.
These interactive cultural activities, offered by the Asian Games Village Volunteer Service Center, allow athletes to learn, understand, and experience traditional Chinese culture in their spare time.
“We made some postcards full of Chinese characteristics, you can take them or write down what you want to say on them.” The volunteers showed us a wall of postcards and told us that they were made by the athletes.
We could see many “thank you” written in different languages on the postcards on the wall. “Thank you very much to the organizers, volunteers, athletes, and all other people involved in the 19th Asian Games. It is an enjoyable and unique experience for me,” a Singaporean athlete wrote on the postcard.
Mahra from the UAE Swimming Team drew a dragon and wrote down "Thank you" in Chinese.
At the front desk of the Asian Games Village Volunteer Service Center, two guest books, about 20 meters in length, were almost full of thanks and expectations of the athletes.
Anima Enkhbaatar took a Mid-Autumn Festival postcard when she left, which showed a rabbit playing under a lantern decorated with the Chinese character "福 (Luck)". “As the Mid-Autumn Festival is drawing near, we will organize some fun activities, such as lantern riddles, so that athletes from other countries can experience the charm of traditional Chinese culture and the hospitality of Chinese people,” said the volunteer. (Translated by Yuki, Fathom Language Limited)