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Gong Xi Fa Cai!

5th February 2016

At an event organised by staff and students on Wednesday, Solent joined hundreds of thousands of people around the world in celebrating Chinese New Year.

Attendees had the chance to learn how to use chopsticks

Everyone that took part in the celebrations had the chance to learn how to write their names in traditional Chinese brush-pen writing, how to use chopsticks, and how to play a number of Chinese games.

Students laughing during the Chinese drum game

The event was organised by students, the international development office team and Dr Minghua Zhao, Director of Solent’s China Centre (Maritime), in order to welcome in the Year of the Monkey.

Professor Graham Baldwin, Vice Chancellor, spoke at the event about the University’s close links with China

We spoke to PhD student Yi Fan Wang, who helped organise the event, to find out more about Chinese New Year and what the celebration means to Chinese people: “In China, New Year is a traditional way to celebrate together – just like Christmas in the west. We wanted to bring people together of all cultures so that they could learn and understand what our culture is all about.”

Photo from the red paper cutting workshop that took place at the event

The University launched the China Centre (Maritime) in September last year. The centre will use its academic excellence, expertise in Chinese maritime affairs and strong links with both the Chinese and British maritime communities to act as a bridge, bringing the two countries closer.

Attendees learnt how to write their names in the Chinese brush-pen writing workshop

Vice-Chancellor Professor Graham Baldwin said: “The university sector is really privileged to have such close relationships with China and significant partnerships with Chinese universities. It is very fitting that in the academic year in which we launch the China Centre (Maritime) we also celebrate Chinese New Year this way.

“My lasting impression of these kinds of activities is always the excitement, the liveliness and the buzz that it brings to the University.”