Journey into culture
Pakistani Jalil Fazila, a doctoral student from the University of Science and Technology Beijing, colors a pattern copied from murals in the Mogao Caves with the help of a student from the Dunhuang College of Northwest Normal University in Dunhuang, Gansu province. [Hu Jun/For China Daily]
International students from Chinese universities get to see the splendor of the Mogao Caves and murals in Gansu province, Deng Zhangyu reports.
When Juni Stefanus Santoso from Indonesia rode a camel in a desert in Dunhuang, Gansu province — an important cultural hub on the Silk Road where cultures from the East and the West met and mixed hundreds of years ago — he felt like he was "stepping into another world" that was exotic, and very different from his previous impression of China.
On a four-day trip to Dunhuang in late April, Santoso, together with other foreign students, mostly from nations along the Silk Road, embarked on a cultural journey to explore the desert landscape, visit the local museum, the Mogao Caves and craftsmen who paint murals and produce Buddhist statues, and communicate with students from the Dunhuang College of Northwest Normal University. All of these activities offered the 23-year-old Indonesian an immersive experience, through which he could soak in the culture of ancient China.