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Local students learn from Chinese geography experts

21 November 2014

Lyndsey Boardman

Local school and college students have received special geography lessons from a panel of experts, including one who came from China specifically to deliver it.

UCLan invites schools to special event 

Local school and college students have received special geography lessons from a panel of experts, including one who came from China specifically to deliver it.

Over 120 geography students from Christ the King Catholic Maths and Computing College and Cardinal Newman College came to the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) to learn about tourism, travel, geography and geology in China at an event organised by UCLan’s Confucius Institute.

Professor Yun Long from Beijing International Studies University was invited to share her specialist knowledge of China’s human geography. She said: “This visit is an important cultural exchange and allows the young people to really appreciate social and environmental differences in an international context.  

“Hopefully they will also realise that as countries we also have more in common than we think; we share many of the same worries about nature and the environment and need to come up with joint solutions to such global issues.”     

The students learned how travel and tourism in China has changed over the last 25 years and discovered more about China’s karst landscape, which is formed from the dissolution of soluble rocks.  They also enjoyed a traditional dance, song and musical performance from the Beijing International Studies University Art Troupe, which was attended by the Mayor and Mayoress of Preston.

“I didn’t realise how diverse China’s geography is and how the subject can be applied to so many different careers. It’s been interesting to listen to the expertise of the guest speakers.”

Jess Parry, a 16-year-old A-Level Geography student at Cardinal Newman College, commented: “I didn’t realise how diverse China’s geography is and how the subject can be applied to so many different careers. It’s been interesting to listen to the expertise of the guest speakers.”

Feixia Yu, the Director of UCLan Confucius Institute which promotes Chinese language and culture within the local community, commented: “We are delighted to welcome the young people and our expert guest speakers to Preston to promote and share an understanding of Chinese geography.”

Other key note speakers at the event were Frank Pearson, PhD researcher at University of Lancaster, Professor Richard Sharpley, Professor of Tourism and Development at UCLan, Dr Yingkui Zhao, Senior Lecturer at The Grenfell-Baines School of Architecture, Construction and Environment at UCLan, Ms Jingya Xiong, PhD researcher as Kings College London, and poet Julie Callan who has a specialist interest in classical Chinese poetry.