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Montpellier celebrated the “Confucius Institute Day”

published: 2014-09-30 14:11:00       hits: 

On September 27th, the Confucius Institute in Montpellier arranged colorful activities for the “Confucius Institute Day” in order to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Confucius Institute all over the world. Montpellier, the intoxicating Mediterranean city, was decorated with Chinese charm, attracting thousands of citizens to the celebration.

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On the opening ceremony, Robert Cotte, the advisor for sister cities of Montpellier government, said that Chengdu and Montpellier have been sister cities for 33 years and the Confucius Institute would enhance the friendship between two cities. Chairman of UESTC University Council Wang Zhiqiang thought highly of the performance of Confucius Institute in Montpellier, expressing that UESTC is going to provide strong support for the further development of the Confucius Institute.

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President of Université Montpellier II and Chairman of Montpellier Confucius Institute Michel Robert, Deputy President of Université de MontpellierChristian Lagarde, China's deputy consul general in Marseille Zhang Wei and consul Wang Hong attended the ceremony, which was jointly held by directors of Confucius Institute Ma Yan and Christianne Prigul.

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Tai chi, lion dance and Chinese folk dance caught the spectators’ eye; calligraphy and painting experience lessons delighted the citizens beyond measure; paper-cut, operatic face painting and crossword aroused kids’ interest in learning Chinese; mahjong and tea art made adults experience the recreation of Chinese people. During the event, French citizens also tasted Chinese traditional food—dumplings and moon cakes, which won endless plaudits.

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This year marks the 1st anniversary of the Confucius Institute in Montpellier. Now the Confucius Institute develops rapidly, holding lots of important activities relating to Chinese culture. It also has been qualified for hosting some Chinese tests, such as HSK, HSKK and YCT. Loaded with the mission— promoting Sino-French friendship, the Confucius Institute in Montpellier is going to make efforts to improve Chinese teaching quality and hold more varied culture activities.

Jessica