International students from countries including India, Madagascar, Russia and Tajikistan at the University of International Business and Economics on Thursday attend the 8th International Culture Festival in Beijing, dancing, playing music instruments and selling their countries' souvenirs. ZHU XINGXIN/CHINA DAILY
A recent festival at a Beijing university highlights the countries along the Belt and Road.
Dances. Martial arts. Peking Opera. Applause erupted as Chinese and foreign students sang Together at the end of the three-hour-long opening ceremony of the 8th International Culture Festival on the campus of Beijing's University of International Business and Economics on Thursday.
Otherwise, it looked like a hawkers market. Students called to passers-by, hoping to lure them to the 67 food stalls and exhibition booths, 37 of which were dedicated to the ancient Silk Road.
This year's theme, "Youth Messengers on the Silk Road", nods to the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation that will take place in Beijing on May 14 and 15.<
International students from countries including India, Madagascar, Russia and Tajikistan at the University of International Business and Economics on Thursday attend the 8th International Culture Festival in Beijing, dancing, playing music instruments and selling their countries' souvenirs.
The student festival was divided into three areas－"Retrace the Silk Road", "World Customs" and "Charm of the Chinese Style".
International students presented performances and staple dishes from their homelands.
Croissants and baguettes were washed down with champagne that overflowed after corks were popped in the French booth.
The Russian stand hosted nesting dolls, caviar and black bread.
"The Chinese are passionate people, and cultural-exchange activities like this will surely let us better know each other," says Moscow native Irina Gogolodze, who plans to work in international trade in Beijing after completing her postgraduate program.
The 23-year-old is also the president of Beijing's Russian Students Association, which hosts such weekly events as readings, lectures and karaoke.
She has witnessed a surge in young people coming to study and work in China over the past half decade, and believes this improves bilateral relationships.
UIBE's president, Wang Jiaqiong, says: "Our university has remained committed to advocating that young people act as pioneers of the Belt and Road Initiative. We encourage them to play more active roles in it by hearing their voices."