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"Chinese Bridge" Summer Camp for High School Students - Summer 2011

Chinese Bridge 2011

In July 2011, 18 students and two Chinese teacher chaperones from Convent of the Visitation High School, Fergus Falls High School, and Wayzata High School participated in the annual Chinese Bridge Summer Camp program coordinated by the Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters. Our Minnesota students joined a group of 529 students from 20 states for this program. Students studied Chinese language and culture at China Eastern Normal University in Shanghai, visited with Chinese students, and explored many famous attractions in Shanghai and Beijing.

 “What my students enjoyed the most was visiting the Chinese family… They communicated with the family using the language they learned in the classroom, they recognized and tasted the food they only saw in pictures before, and they really made the comparison and connection with their own culture and community. They developed their interests in learning more about the language and culture in the future," said Wayzata High School teacher and chaperone Sheen Heng Zhang.


7/16–7/31 to Beijing and Shanghai

7/16 Arrive Beijing (flights should arrive between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.)
7/17-26 Travel to province for language study
7/27 Return to Beijing
7/28-30 Closing ceremonies in Beijing and sightseeing opportunities
7/31 Depart Beijing



Students were housed in double-occupancy rooms. All rooms were be equipped with telephone, air conditioning, bathroom with hot and cold water (available at least 8 hours per day). Public laundry facilities and public lounge were also provided. A dormitory curfew is enforced.

Lodging locations provided a public-use computer with free internet access, indoor and outdoor sports facilities, and health clinic. Food service were provided, with meals suitable to Western tastes, and to meet the needs of vegetarians and those with other dietary restrictions.


Students were responsible for the cost of international airfare to Beijing, their Chinese visa, as well as health and travel insurance. CIUMN helped groups to apply for Chinese visas and find international airfare.

Chaperones were also responsible for the cost of international airfare to Beijing, their Chinese visa, as well as health and travel insurance.

All lodging, meals and transportation within China were be covered by the Chinese Bridge Summer Camp program.