In the morning of the 22nd of September, more than 700 students and school leaders, teachers of Tongzhou Campus, under the guidance of professional tour guides, sequentially took the buses to the Imperial College, the Beijing Confucian Temple and the Palace Museum to go for a one-day practice activity.
Teachers from the Chinese, English, politics, history and geography departments assigned “To-Do-Lists” in advance for students of different grades. These tasks included topics of Confucius’ deeds and thoughts, the cultural connotations of the Imperial College, and the history of the Palace Museum, involving in-depth learning of great interest, aiming at promoting students’ knowledge and deepening their experience and feelings during the practice.
Geography and Politics “To-Do-Lists” of Grade Seven
At 9 o’clock, teachers and students arrived at the Imperial College and the Beijing Confucian Temple. The Imperial College, known as “Taixue” in Chinese, was the highest educational institution and administration organ of education set up by the state during the three dynasties of Yuan, Ming and Qing, with a long history and deep cultural connotations. Through the tour guides’ explanations, the students learned the history and function of the Imperial College and the ancient education and administration system of our country, meanwhile their awareness of the importance of learning was also greatly increased.
Students in the Chengxian Street, before their arrival at the Imperial College
the Imperial College
In accordance with the ancient Chinese teaching regulation of “a temple on the left and a school on the right”, the students walked across the Chijing Gate in the east of the Imperial College to get to the Beijing Confucian Temple. The Confucian Temple was the place where memorial ceremonies were held for Confucius during the Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties, and it was also a pligrimage destination for most scholars. In the Confucian Temple, the students visited the statue of the Confucius, which inspired their love for and interest in the Chinese traditional culture; they closely observed the stone tablets of Jinshi (advanced scholars), from which the students experienced the glory and pride of their success in the imperial examinations across time and space; they heard the magic story of “a cypress that can identify the treacherous”, which cultivated their noble, loyal, and upright characters.
Students and teachers taking photos at the Dacheng Gate
Students taking photos with their foreign teacher
At noon, the students went to the Palace Museum with great excitement. They were divided into different groups in advance and each group received a “confidential letter.” There were a map and some photos in the “confidential letter,” and then the students went for a special “treasure hunt” to find all physical objects based on the hints. The contents of these photos include artifacts, plaques, walls, and couplets of poetry, not only testing their ability to observe carefully, but also enhancing their spirit of teamwork and their ability to work together.
Students on a treasure hunt in the Palace Museum
At 2:00 pm, the students finished their practice activity, returned back to school and ended a fruitful day!
Students go back to school with great excitement
Practice goes deeper than theoretic knowledge. Through this practice, the students have gained knowledge, developed learning ability, and increased their interest in and identity of Chinese traditional culture. We hope that they will combine knowledge from books with the practical gains of this experience and make continual progress in their future studies.