Chinese students visit town

BRIDGE: The Huantai Experiemental Middle School students from China learn how to cook local fresh seafood. Photograph courtesy of Shaun Thomas.
BRIDGE: The Huantai Experiemental Middle School students from China learn how to cook local fresh seafood. Photograph courtesy of Shaun Thomas.

Port Lincoln welcomed students from the Chinese province of Shandong for the fifth year of the China-Australia BRIDGE program in the region.

The students are from Huantai Experimental Middle School in Zibo, a city in between Beijing and Shanghai.

The city of Zibo has about 4.5 million people and is about two hours from the Eastern coastline of China.

As such, one of the program coordinators, Anne Gameau said the visiting students enjoyed the local experiences.

“We took them to Winter Hill lookout and they were all amazed at the openness of the area, as well as the agriculture.

“We took them to see local wildlife such as koalas, emus and kangeroos, and we also took them out to the wharf to see the kingfish being unloaded.” 

Port Lincoln students also have to opportunity to travel to Zibo, China with the program, sending about five to 10 students each visit.

The seven Chinese students and their three teachers are hosted by local families in the Eyre Peninsula area. 

They visited Port Lincoln High School on Wednesday, and were showed the schools Aboriginal art, aquaculture and cooking programs.

PLHS teacher Shaun Thomas said the group joined in with a year 11 cooking lesson and were amazed at the fresh seafood and the school’s Aboriginal art.

“They made a prawn and mussel bisque, and one of the teachers said they never get fresh seafood like this back home.

“They were very intrigued by the Aboriginal art, and our art department in general,” he said.

“They had never seen anything like it, and were shocked to learn how much creative freedom our students get in art.”

Mr Thomas also said as neither side spoke one another’s language, they often communicated using google translate.