Some of the world’s brightest college students are in Hangzhou this week to take part in a dragon boat race jointly held by Zhejiang University and Zhejiang Satellite Television.
On the afternoon of March 24, over 50 student-athletes from Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University and the University of Oxford had an impressive tour around ZJU’s Zijingang Campus.
In the company of student volunteers, the student-athletes had lunch in one of the campus cafeterias and visited an innovation exhibition featuring creative designs. Afterwards they were shown around the Qiushi Great Hall, a beautiful piece of traditional Chinese architecture, where they learned about the history of and fun facts about ZJU.
After the tour, the group was warmly welcomed by Ms. XU Yaping, world champion in women’s canoe and full-time coach at ZJU. In a training session, XU and her colleagues shared their understanding of the essentials of dragon boat racing, followed by an enthusiastic warm-up in Qizhen Lake on campus.
Held in east Hangzhou’s Jinsha Lake on March 27-28, the 2018 International Elite Universities Dragon Boat Championships will also involve student-athletes from the University of Macau and the C9 League, an alliance of nine prestigious universities on Chinese mainland.
(Photo credit: DENG Zixin)