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Dragon boating offers foreign students a window into Chinese culture

Updated: 2019-06-04 16:28:19

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More than 1,000 foreign students from 29 local universities participated in this year's Shanghai International Students Dragon Boat Race on June 1. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

Li Tao, vice-principal of the East China University of Science and Technology, said that the annual race, which has been held since 2008, has become a platform for international students to experience Chinese culture and promote international friendship.

"Dragon boat racing is a Chinese tradition. The activity is about people's expectations for good weather and good luck in the coming year and it also carries the cultural spirit of a win-win cooperation," Li said.

According to statistics from the Ministry of Education, more than 61,400 international students came to study in Shanghai in 2018.

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