Zigong, July 7 (Wang Liwen) "There are dinosaur footprints on the ground! On the 11th, Li Yafang, an Indonesian student at Southwest University for Nationalities, walked into the Zigong Dinosaur Museum, known as the "Oriental Dragon Palace", and marveled at the "ingenuity" of the footprints on the floor of the exhibition hall. In the exhibition hall, many dinosaur bones are staggered and embedded in rock.

Saleh, a Southwest University for Nationalities student from Yemen, makes lanterns. Photo by Wang Liwen

On the 11th, the second phase of "Cultural China Splendid Sichuan - University Foreign Teachers and Students Bashu Cultural Appreciation Tour" activity came to Zigong, Sichuan, 27 foreign teachers and students from 47 countries visited Zigong Dinosaur Museum and China Lantern Museum to understand dinosaur culture, experience tie-dye skills, make lanterns, and taste the charm of Sichuan Zigong culture.

Zigong is located in the southern wing of the Shuangcheng Economic Circle in Chengdu-Chongqing Area and the center of the southern Sichuan urban agglomeration, enjoying the reputation of "the hometown of dinosaurs", "the hometown of sister Jiang", "the thousand-year-old salt capital" and "the lamp city of China". A total of 3 important dinosaur fossil group sites and more than 170 dinosaur fossil sites have been found in Zigong. These dinosaur fossils have a wide range of burial sites, huge numbers, many species, well-preserved and continuous layers.

Foreign teachers and students in colleges and universities are learning about dinosaur culture. Photo by Wang Liwen

It is understood that the Zigong Dinosaur Museum was completed and opened in 1987 and is one of the world's most famous dinosaur museums. The collection of fossil specimens includes almost all dinosaur categories from 2 million to 01 million years ago, and is currently the largest collection and display of Jurassic dinosaur fossils in the world.

"The dinosaurs I once saw in the movie came into reality, and Zigong made me feel the charm of the 'land of dinosaurs'." Andrew Lee, a Gabonese student from Southwest University for Nationalities, is interested in dinosaur culture. He said that this cultural appreciation trip in Bashu is a rare opportunity to increase knowledge, experience traditional Chinese skills and learn Chinese culture.

The China Lantern Museum in Zigong is the world's only professional museum of lantern culture, and a platform for displaying, protecting and inheriting the national intangible cultural heritage "Zigong Lantern Society" and the provincial intangible cultural heritage "Zigong Lantern Traditional Production Craft". In front of the "Porcelain Palace Lantern King", which is carefully bundled with tens of thousands of porcelain tableware and cotton thread, foreign teachers and students from colleges and universities took out their mobile phones to take photos.

Foreign teachers and students from colleges and universities experience making lanterns. Photo by Wang Liwen

Han Qinghuan, a student at Sichuan University from Norway, sighed during this Zigong trip, "The tourism management major I am studying, the field visit and classroom study are indeed very different. ”

In the lantern making session, Han Qinghuan used Chinese characters to write the words "less into the river, not out of Shu" on the lantern one by one. She introduced that her Chinese name comes from "the taste of the world is Qinghuan", because she was attracted by Sichuan opera and food to study in Sichuan, and she used to not eat spicy, and now she is "all spicy and unhappy". In the future, Han Qinghuan wants to engage in work related to Norwegian and Chinese cultural exchanges, "I hope to share Chinese culture with Norway and help more Chinese come to Norway to see the Northern Lights." ”

"It's a lot harder than you think." Saleh, a student at the Southwest University for Nationalities in Yemen, made lanterns for the first time, creatively wrapping the hollow tassels at the bottom of the lanterns in cloth and naming them "dumpling lanterns". On the lantern, he wrote "Zigong" in Chinese, English, and Arabic. "This is my precious Zigong memory." He said.

In the next few days, foreign teachers and students will also go to Leshan, Ya'an, Chengdu and other places to cook Sichuan cuisine, taste tea art, watch giant pandas, learn martial arts, experience traditional Chinese medicine, and experience interesting and unique Sichuan culture through on-site visits and interactive experiences. (End)