IES Abroad Shanghai Students Celebrate Chinese New Year

You are here

In celebration of the Chinese New Year, IES Abroad students studying abroad in Shanghai on our Shanghai - Engineering Program attended several local events at Spring Festival. Spring Festival is held every year in China and throughout the world to commemorate the Chinese New Year.

As one of the most famous and celebrated festivals in the world, Spring Festival is about three weeks long and is filled with traditions, food, art, and activities. Check out four ways that our study abroad students in Shanghai enjoyed the celebration:

MADE TRADITIONAL DUMPLINGS

Students spent a day handcrafting delicious Chinese dumplings - a food traditionally eaten during the Festival. IES Abroad Shanghai staff and students worked together to make the delicious treats.

CREATED CHINESE SCROLLS

Our study abroad students especially enjoyed creating their own Chinese Spring Festival scrolls. This Spring Festival tradition includes writing positive phrases in calligraphy on red scrolls and then posting the messages outside of one’s house or in the car as a means of wishing family and friends good luck for the upcoming year. IES Abroad Shanghai faculty taught the students how to write in calligraphy so that they could make their scrolls to wish their families and friends a lucky new year.

TOURED LOCAL ART EXHIBITS

On another day of the festival, students visited art exhibits at Shanghai’s Great World, a local arcade and entertainment complex. While there, students saw various traditional Chinese art related to Spring Festival. They especially enjoyed the beautiful calligraphy work and learning about local customs of Shanghai. Afterwards, students headed over to the Yuyuan Bazaar, where they toured the local shops and saw historical Chinese architecture.

PARTICIPATED IN A CHARITY EVENT

Our students also spent time during Spring Festival volunteering at a charity event organized by a local community center. At the event, students helped sell goods, spent time with elderly residents, and donated to the community center. Local residents were excited to have IES Abroad students there celebrating the new year with them..

Interested in experiencing Spring Festival during your study abroad experiences in Shanghai? Learn more studying abroad in Shanghai, and apply today!

Recent news & press

Jun 6 1:36pm
London

Introducing Our Summer 2018 IES Abroad Correspondents

by IES Abroad

We’re excited to have 34 Correspondents contribute their writing, photos, videos, and other creative projects with you this summer on IES Abroad Blogs.

Read more
Jun 4 9:00am
Rome

10 Lessons to Remember When You Study Abroad in Rome

by IES Abroad

Our Rome Program Advisor Chelsea Kuchik shares her advice on navigating your first days in your new host city of Rome.

Read more
Jun 1 9:47am

IES Abroad’s Film Festival Wins Two GoAbroad 2018 Innovation Awards

by IES Abroad

The IES Abroad Study Abroad Film Festival finalist, “I Spy” has been voted the Innovative Student Video winner of GoAbroad’s 2018 Innovation Awards, and we’re also the winner of the Innovation in Marketing & Digital Media for our IES Abroad Film Festival Event.

Read more
Jun 1 8:26am

We’ve Made the Shortlist for the 2018 PIEoneer Awards

by IES Abroad

We’re excited to announce that IES Abroad is represented twice on the shortlist of finalists for the PIEoneer Awards, recognizing Dr. Mary M. Dwyer, our President & CEO and our 2017 Study Abroad Film Festival event.

Read more
May 30 8:53am
Siena

Study Abroad in Siena: Italian Class Redefined

by Chelsea Kuchik

Chelsea Kuchik, IES Abroad Program Advisor, recently visited Siena and accompanied our study abroad students on a course-related trip. Read her account of the tasty language-learning experience.

Read more
May 25 3:16pm

Our YouTube Channel Just Hit 1 Million Views!

by IES Abroad

Thank you for helping us reach 1 million views on YouTube! With more than a thousand videos from all over the world, our YouTube channel helps you visualize your study abroad experience well before your flight takes off.

Read more