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International Students Find Second Home as They Explore Western China on a Culture Exchange Program

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In¬†Sichuan¬†province, which is located¬†1,200 miles away from¬†Beijing, students from 10¬†different¬†countries ventured into¬†China’s¬†west, to Ganzi and Aba, which make up the country’s second largest Tibetan prefecture.

The locals from Danba, in Ganzi, invited the travelers from the different countries to eat some wholesome home-cooked meals. They tasted unique vegetables, sweet meats, and long tablefuls of local dishes. One explorer, called Minigalin, was reminded of their hometown Russia in an instant, while trying a familiar potato dish.

The crew, still mesmerized by Ganzi and Aba’s natural beauty, took an¬†exciting¬†turn into a studio at a major artist hub in Danba, where they¬†viewed¬†scenery behind a Buddha, framed on the wall.¬†Another traveler called¬†Sima,¬†a traveler with a passion of art from¬†Iran, was thrilled to meet with¬†a master¬†specialising¬†in¬†Thangka, or Tibetan Buddhist Painting. After looking around the decorated studio, the students felt¬†a¬†spirit of¬†being able to¬†exchange ideas in¬†similar¬†art communities around the world. They asked questions, shared opinions, and had conversations¬†for a long period of¬†time.¬†For Sima, the enriching experience helped her¬†gain a better perspective –¬†familiar with an abundance of nature in¬†Iran’s¬†art works, she was inspired by the culture of¬†the¬†many faces of Buddha in Thangka.

During the short week, the group of 20 quickly became good friends, not only with each other, but with the locals as well. In the wild hilltops, over 200 miles away from Chengdu in neighboring Sichuan, the travelers found the same warmth and hospitality they were used to in their hometowns. Theycelebrated life through the universal language of song and dance with the locals. Despite the modernization of many areas in Ganzi and Aba, its diverse ethnicities share a common similarity in their celebrations with the rest of the world.

After the short week, the explorers said¬†their¬†reluctant farewells to the locals and their¬†showed theirunwavering affection. They thanked I’m In¬†China¬†Project for helping them find a¬†second¬†home in¬†another country, and¬†gained¬†unforgettable stories¬†and experiences¬†which they were able to take¬†back home.

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