Unforgettable Gap Year
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Welcome to China!
Chinese culture is one of the world's oldest cultures. The area in which the culture is dominant covers a large geographical region in eastern Asia with customs and traditions varying greatly between provinces, cities, and even towns as well. Important components of Chinese culture includes ceramics, architecture,music, literature, martial arts, cuisine, visual arts, religion etc.
You can join a local family to enjoy colorful family life, build up a last long friendship, help with children's English, learn Chinese, immerse into Chinese culture, travel and explore Chinese cities, etc.
Love Au Pair Mandarin course
We will arrange professional Chinese course according to your actual Chinese proficiency. For instance, if you are at zero level of Chinese, you normally can reach simple conversational Chinese level in 3-month program, HSK level 2 in 6-month program, and HSK level 3 in 1 year program. If you are at the stage of preparing for HSK level 5 test, we could provide HSK level 5 course for you and help you get ready for it. ( Chinese Proficiency Test ( HSK ), an international standardized test of Chinese language proficiency, assesses non-native Chinese speakers' abilities in using the Chinese language in their daily, acadmic and professional lives. HSK consists of six levels, namely HSK (level I), HSK(level II), HSK (level III), HSK ( level IV), HSK (level V), and HSK ( level VI).)
Lifelong relationship with Chinese host family
You can expect to build up such beautiful bond with the Chinese host family which is a lifelong international friendship and family. Lots of Chinese host families and au pairs are still in touch and send each other presentd during festival (Christmas, Chinese New Year) after program completion.
You can visit local place or nearby cities while you have free time during the week. You can enjoy the privilage of taking 6-day holiday within 6-month program/12-day holiday within 12-month program. Thus you can travel and explore some other cities in China. Besides most Chinese host families would like to invite their au pair for domestic trips on vacation when they get along well with each other.
Love Au Pair cultural activities
We will organize cultural event each month in Shenzhen. If the au pair's placement is in some other cities, we will arrange au pair activity for he/she while he/she is coming to Shenzhen for visa refreshing or extension. There are different theme for cultural event and the activities could organize as follow but not limited to:
Peking Opera 京剧
Known as China's national opera, Peking Opera is a synthesis of music, dance, art and acrobatics coming from Anhui and Hubei Provinces. It was first brought into Beijing in 1790 for the birthday of the Qianlong Emperor.
Beijing Opera is the most popular and influential opera in China with a history of almost 200 years. Beijing Opera, as the national opera, enjoys a high reputation both inside and outside China. Many foreigners have come to China to learn Beijing Opera, while many Beijing Operatroupes and famous opera actors and actresses have frequently been invited to perform abroad and have been highly appreciated by foreign audiences.
Chinese Kung Fu 中国功夫
The origins of Chinese Kung Fu can be found over 6,000 years ago, when men were taught to hunt and fight. In the past, there has been a massive upsurge in interest worldwide, in martial arts. References to the concepts and use of Chinese martial arts can be found in popular culture. The influence of Kung Fu became broader, and references to it can be found in poetry, fiction, and, latterly, film..
Chinese Kung Fu is now an integral element of Chinese culture, and it also has global appeal.
Chinese Tea 茶
Tea is a simple beverage, and one that has long been central to the lives of millions of people, originally in the East, and now virtually worldwide. It is said to aid meditation and self-reflection and to induce tranquillity, even perhaps inspiring imagination. There are six major types of tea in China –green tea, black tea, Oolong tea, dark tea and white tea, distinguished mainly by different methods of production. Folklore relates each type of tea to certain human characteristics.
Chinese classical music 中国古典音乐
According to the archaeological discovery of the bone-flute unearthed in Wuyang County, Henan Province, Chinese music can be traced back to 8000 years ago. Over a long history, Chinese nation created a marvelous culture of music which also has a far-reaching influence to the country's neighboring areas.
Talk about Chinese music, the unique folk music and the "essence" of China culture, the Chinese operas, can not be missed, while talk about folk songs, we have to mention The Jasmine Flowers, which is a world-renowned song and identified as the premier representative of the Chinese folk music.
Amazing Chinese food 中国美食
The development and diversity of the delights of Chinese food are also representative of China's long history. With each dynasty new recipes were created until the art of food preparation reach its peak during the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911). The dinner called Man Han Quan Xi that incorporates all the very best of Man and Han Cuisine is held in high esteem involving as it does countless dishes, each with its own distinctive flavor and appeal. This veritable banquet in its preparation and presentation typifies all of the culture and culinary arts that have been perfected over centuries and is a comprehensive amalgam of taste, instruments, and manners.
The diversity of geography, climate, costumes and products have led to the evolution of what are called the 'Four Flavors' and 'Eight Cuisines' but as catering is a living art sub-classifications continue to increase. For example in each field of cuisine, adept chefs can utilize something as simple as a melon to create dozens of dishes with dozens of flavors. Meanwhile, local specialties and snacks with their origins steeped in the mists of time are also an important progeny and indicate a profound philosophy and taste. As well as the cuisine of the majority Han people, the many minorities have their own fantastic traditions and appeal.
Cuisine in China is a harmonious integration of color, redolence, taste, shape and the fineness of the instruments. For the cooking process, chefs pick choice and various ingredients and seasonings while employing unparalleled complicated skills handed down from their fathers, ever aspiring to their ideal of perfection for all the senses. Among the many cooking methods they use are boiling, stewing, braising, frying, steaming, crisping, baking, and simmering and so on. When they finish their masterpieces they are arranged on a variety of plates and dishes so that they are a real pleasure to view, to smell and ultimately to savor.
Cuisine can rise to many different occasions from luxury court feasts, fetes, holy sacrificial rites, joyous wedding ceremonies to simple daily meals and snacks. The art of a good cook is to provide a wholesome and satisfying dish to suit the occasion.
Chinese calligraphy 中国书法
The history of Chinese calligraphy is as long as that of China itself. Calligraphy is one of the highest forms of Chinese art. In studying Chinese calligraphy one must learn something of the origins of Chinese language and of how they were originally written. However, except for those brought up in the artistic traditions of the country, its aesthetic significance seems to be very difficult to grasp.
Chinese calligraphy serves the purpose of conveying thought but also shows the'abstract' beauty of the line. Rhythm, line, and structure are more perfectly embodied in calligraphy than in painting or sculpture.
Artistic Characters and rules:
Every Chinese character is built up in its own square with variety of structure and composition.
There are drawing of only three basic forms: the circle, the triangle, and the square.
For each character there is a definite number of strokes and appointed positions for them in relation to the whole. No stroke may be added or deleted for decorative effect.
Strict regularity is not required.