This is our last meeting , we all have great interest in China and Netherlands after the nine meetings, so we decided to introduce some tourist attraction to help them know more information about it.
China is a so large area that it has plenty of famous tourist attraction, we choose some most famous places. Like forbidden city , palace museum , the Great Wall, some beautiful ]nature scenery like Mount Huang ,Jiuzhaigou Valley .
Then Ryan and Merlinde told us about the Renovatile, Rijksmuseum, De keukenhof,and voledam. What impressed me most is the flower field, the Netherlands is famous for their flower. Meanwhile the Amsterdam is also well-known for the Drug and sex, i will visit there in May.
During the Easter holiday, we held a BBQ party near Finninmäki under a pavilion. We cooperated with each other to prepare the food and catch the fire, and talk about some interesting thing in our hometown.
Frankly speaking, in China we are not used to cook the bbq by ourselves, we have the bbq restaurants everywhere so we seldom cook bbq. While the Dutch like to cook by themselves and enjoy the summer
We met in the cafe located in the city center and enjoyed the sunshine and tea. In China our festivals origin from some folk tale and our families will gather together and eat some traditional food. Well, the Dutch festivals seem to be more modern and Christian.
Chinese festivals, we told them a lot, but the most interesting thing is the secret about Chinese new year. We young Chinese actually did not play lion dance and only some elder guys knew how to do it. But our government want to protect it,the government have a fund to encourage people to learn it.
Dutch festivals are cooler than ours. Like music festival, Dutch has lots of Music festival during the year around the all country.Lots of famous Dutch DJ will come back their motherland and join in the festivals.Especially in the summer, people are always join the music festival and drink a lot. The other interesting festival is the king’s day to celebrate the King ‘s birthday, people will all wear in orange and go to the bar , drink a lot.
It was fun to have a meeting with the our dutch friends to enjoy the Finnish sauna, although this not our first time to go to the sauna , we still loved to enjoy the sauna. In China we also had the sauna, but we never jumped into lake and swam. So it is an amazing experience for us.During the sauna, we also talked about our different shower style in our countries. In northern China, people would like to go to bathhouse in winter.
By the way , we also enjoy the exposure to sunshine and the cool wind.
4 .4. 2019
Today we discussed about the some daily greetings of both Chinese and dutch like good morning and hello. I found that these dutch words are very similar with English words like goedemorgen(good morning) . However, some pronunciation characters are different from English and did not exist in Chinese, like”g” pronounce “h”, use your throat to pronounce, i guessed.
When we taught our friends Ryan and Merlinde Chinese characters we just used the way our teacher helped us learn to write Chinese. i will show it in picture.
After having the Chinese dinner, we decided to taste some dutch food. Actually i was a little disappointed at first, because when we went to eat, i found that most of dishes are something with mashed potatoes , but when i taste them, they are quite delicious. Especially the apple mash potatoes, the texture is very crispy. We also tasted the Heineken beer(dutch beer) . In Chinese, we called it”xili” , it is totally different pronuniciation . Some other impressive food like pancake is also delicious.
On 7th of March ,we had a third meeting about party culture. Frankly speaking , as a Chinese we do not have so-called party culture, so we talked about our other relaxed way in our high school. In our high school , we spent most of time studying, even in the weekend, but we still have some entertainment, like have a BBQ and hotpot. go to the net bar to play the computer games……
Merlinde and Ryan told us lots of party culture, they love to go to the bar and party. After their high school graduation, the have a party week in the summer. The Netherlands also have a lots of music festivals and great DJ, they are proud of it and enjoy it.
We had the second meeting at the café next to the y-kampus on the 19th of February. The topic of the meeting is our own country ‘s history.
Ryan showed the history of Netherlands by slides, he gave us a presentation about the Dutch history from middle ages to nowdays. It was ruled by Holy Roman Empire and Spain, finally it became independent. After the industrial revolution, Dutch started to have many colony .
We introduced history of China by a youtube video Changes in Chinese territory. With the video we talked about a general history of China like different dynasties , famous kings.
We met in 15th February in the y-kampus, we first discussed the 10 topics we will talk about.After that ,we started with talking about our stereotype to each others’ country. Merlinde and Ryan thought Chinese people are small people and love eating dogs.Actually the Chinese people are getting taller and taller, because Unlike their parents’ generation, the young generation gets plenty of nutrition and adequate exercise. We may not become as tall some people in Nordic countries, but the average height of Chinese is still increasing. For the eating dogs, actually only very few Chinese eat dogs as their tradition, more and more people consider dogs as their families and friends.But I respect people’s right to eating dogs.
For we Chinese people, we always link the Netherlands to sex and drugs. They actually exist and promote the development of tourism, but the Dutch people still hope we can pay attention to their flower, windmill, dams which have the local people’s abundant effort and sweat.
In the end, we teach each other about number 1 to 10. That is quite interesting. Chinese character is more like a image for Merlinde and Ryan. For us , the dutch words’ pronunciation is also challenging for us.