Twenty-four Polish students who concluded a month-long Mandarin study camp at I-Shou University in Kaohsiung County last Wednesday said they hoped to return to Taiwan.
The study camp, organized by the university’s Chinese Language Center and Polish teachers tasked with promoting Chinese culture in their country, offered a wide variety of courses, including Mandarin, Chinese festivals, calligraphy, divination, seal-carving, appreciation of classical Chinese string music, qigong, Chinese opera and meditation.
The students expressed particular interest in the art of carving personal seals and curiosity about local folk practices such as burning incense.
Magdalena Senderowska, who studies at the Warsaw University of Economics, said that when she watched Taiwanese praying, it seemed to her that it was a very good method of relieving stress.
“The dazzling sunlight and clean shining sand beaches at Kenting in the southernmost county of Pingtung were also unforgettable,” she said.
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