Youth ‘encampment’ in sister city Shanghai returns, online

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On Monday, students, teachers and officials attend the opening ceremony of the 2022 Shanghai Sister Cities International Youth Camp via the Internet.

The Shanghai International Sister Cities Youth Camp is back – via the Internet again due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Initiated in 2009, the annual event has become an important platform for international exchanges.

But it was shut down in 2020 and released online last year.

This is the second time that campers from sister cities in Shanghai have met virtually. It has received 1,287 teachers and students from 41 cities in 37 countries and regions over the past 12 editions.

About 510 students from 60 schools in Shanghai participated as volunteers.

Officially starting on Monday and running until July 31, this year’s camp hosts 144 students from Shanghai’s 17 sister cities in 16 countries and regions, including Espoo in Finland, Antwerp in Belgium, Barcelona in Spain and Nagasaki Prefecture. in Japan.

A total of 160 Chinese students from 40 schools in Shanghai will serve as volunteers to accompany them in online activities to learn more about China and Shanghai.

On Monday night, they watched performances of traditional Chinese music and modern dance by Shanghai students and sang the famous song “You Raise Me Up” together to officially kick off the event.

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Shanghai students perform pingtana traditional Suzhou form of storytelling and ballads.

During the following two weeks, campers can log on to the camp platform to learn Chinese language, history and culture – such as Chinese tea ceremony and paper cutting – and enjoy the scenery of Shanghai and the hospitality of local families.

Li Yongzhi, deputy director of the Shanghai Education Commission, host of the camp, said Shanghai is an inclusive port for cultural exchange between China and the rest of the world, where West and East meet. and mix.

“I hope you can all experience the openness, innovation and inclusiveness of Shanghai, make new friends in the camp and develop friendships between nations,” he said at the ceremony. camp opening.

Ha Yunsu, an official from Busan in South Korea, said that although the camp will be held online this year, he believes the students will have a happy and unforgettable time and broaden their outlook, improve their overall knowledge and make new friends.

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Chen Qun (center), Vice Mayor of Shanghai, announces the opening of the summer camp.

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