Do Dieu Linh from Hanoi in Vietnam and Hue Lee from Bokeo province in
Laos, are postgraduates at Xi’an Jiaotong University, who have both been
relishing their new lives in China.
Suppose a foreign friend of yours is coming to visit your hometown,
what is the most interesting place you would like to take him/her to see
Like increasing numbers of overseas students coming to study in China,
Linh and Lee had to adapt to a few new things when they first arrived to
study in 2016. Both say that experiencing Chinese culture was the main
attraction for them to come to China.
As an undergraduate student back in Vietnam, Linh taught Chinese
students Vietnamese. “My Chinese friends told me a lot about Chinese
culture which really made me interested in coming to study in China,”
I like to take him to visit to Beijing ,the capital city of China.
Beijing is steeped in culture ,with a history of 3000 years .There are
loads of monuments, in Beijing , like the fobidden city,the great wall
and the summer palace . I am totally fascinated by its culture 。
As for Lee, he has long been a fan of Chinese kung fu. “I watched the
movies of Jackie Chan and Jet Li. Actually, Chinese kung fu is the
reason why I chose to study here,” Lee says.
I went to Beijing when I was in my primary school ,but it did not
leave me a deep impression . Because I was too young to understand the
Chinese historical culture and it was difficult for a littlechild to be
interested in it. I just felt the weather in Beijing was hot ,also very
dry and the roast duck was really delicious.But now I regret for not
learning the knowledge of cultural heritages in Bejing at that time.I am
planning to study abroad and I want to introduce a lot of interesting
Chinese culture to foreigners . But in fact I do not know it clearly
,even many foreigners know more things about Beijing than I know . It
makes me feel kind of embarrassed。
While studying in China, they have had the chance to travel and see some
of the country’s wonders, such as the Terracotta Warriors and Huashan
So I am looking forward to paying a visit to Beijing and looking
around all the monuments in Beijing . I hope I can learn some valuable
things about chinese history. Then I can recommend this city to my
foreign friends . It is not a city only full of skyscrapers, but also an
ancient capital filled with time-honored traditions 。
“China is such a vast country. There are so many cities I have never
even set foot in. Both Beijing and Xi’an are cities with a long history.
I have plans to visit Beijing,” says Lee.
However, it’s not all been holidays and plain sailing. At first, they
found it difficult to get used to Xi’an’s climate, which is considerably
colder than their home countries. Food was another issue.
As with anyone who moves to a new country, the first few weeks can be
the toughest, prompting many to consider returning home. Those who stick
it out, however, are often rewarded.
Linh was lucky, finding comfort and help from her teachers and
classmates at Xi’an Jiaotong University.
“The Chinese teachers have shown a lot of concern for us foreign
students. They often contacted me and asked me if I had any
difficulties,” says Linh.
“We have become good friends. They even invited me and my classmates to
their homes. My Chinese was poor, but my classmates were tolerant and
helped me out a lot.”
Things are becoming easier and easier for Lee, especially the change of
food. “People in Laos prefer soups, and when young people get together,
they would share beers,” Lee says. “But it’s OK; now roujiamo (meat
burger) is my favorite.”
Asked about their impression of China after a year of study, both
answered immediately. “The Chinese are warm and friendly,” Linh says.
“Since my first day in China, their friendliness and concern for
foreigners impressed me a great deal.”
When it comes to the future, they have different ideas. Lee plans to
return to his homeland to find work as a computer engineer, but Linh
plans to stay on in China.
“The Vietnamese and Chinese don’t really know each other very well, so I
want to become a messenger. My dream is to build a bridge between China
and Vietnam. I believe we will know each other much better in the
From Nov 12 to 14, President Xi Jinping made a state visit to Vietnam
and Laos, after attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting
in Vietnam’s Da Nang on Nov 10 and 11. The news made Linh and Lee happy.
“Laos and China are old friends,” says Lee. “Our friendship has a firm
foundation. There are many Chinese working in Laos, and this has brought
about great development in my country’s economy.”
Last year, China started construction of a high-speed railway from
Yunnan province to Vientiane, the Laos capital.
必赢娱乐棋牌手机版，Linh says that the relationship between Vietnam and China is important.
She also hopes that more Vietnamese will learn more about the country
from her “Chinese story”.