Camp prepares for students and teachers

Officials get together to discuss plans for the 2019 Shanghai International Sister Cities Youth Camp to be held in July. 

High school students and teachers from around 20 of Shanghai's sister cities will be in town from July 17 to 30 for the 2019 Shanghai International Sister Cities Youth Camp, organizers announced on Friday.

Officials from the Shanghai Education Commission, the Shanghai International Education Association, the No. 2 High School Affiliated to East China and other parties met to discuss the activities at this year’s camp.

Students will learn Chinese and experience Chinese culture, such as tai chi, Chinese painting, calligraphy, tea making and seal cutting during their stay. They will also spend a day with local families and visit scenic spots in the city, such as the Shanghai Tower, Madame Tussauds wax museum and the Oriental Pearl TV Tower. With the city aiming to become an international center for e-sports, they will also experience e-sports among other sporting activities with local students.

The camp has been held for 10 years to promote Chinese language and exchanges between Shanghai and international cities. 

The program was initiated in 2009 with 36 students and teachers from six cities. Last year, there were 140 students and teachers from 28 cities. To date, 1,015 students and teachers from 38 cities have attended the camp.

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