PROJECT BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Yangzi river, the longest river in China is right running through the mountain city -Chongqing where the origin
of Bashu culture generated from. For thousands of years ,people here immerse themselves in the gorgeous
culture and always proud of their unique culture. The carrier of culture Sichuan Opera, Sichuan embroidery and
tea art permeate Chongqing people’s life.
While, with the development of economy and to keep the pace with the globalization, some of the culture
seemed fading away in Chongqing people’s daily life, and the city seemed lost its way in the rapid development.
The young generation lost their interest for the culture which from their remote ancestor. WE’RE NOT THE
OUTSIDER, we should do something to save our culture. We’ll pick back up the lost culture just when
you here with this project (start on July 3rd)which is also an amazing travel with the core of Bashu Culture
Background of Hot Pot
Hot pot - is the most famous and favorite dish in
Chongqing. Chongqing local people consider the hot pot as a
local specialty, which is noted for its peppery and hot taste,
scalding yet fresh and tender. People gather around a small
pot boiled with charcoal, filled with flavorful and nutritious
You have a choice of spicy, pure and combo for the soup
base. Thin sliced raw variety meat, fish, various bean curd
products and all kinds of vegetables are boiled in the soup
base. You then dip them in a little bowl of special sauce.
First eaten by poor boatmen of the Yangtze River in
Chongqing area and then spread westwards to the rest of
Sichuan. There are a great variety of hotpots, including
Yueyang Hotpot, Four Tastes Hotpot, Yashan Hotpot and Fish
Head Hotpot. If you are adventurous enough, you can
basically cook anything with hot pot, e.g., pig's brain and
duck's kidney. Chongqing people love their hotpot, especially
when the weather is steamy. The fire dances under the pot,
the heavily oiled and spiced soup boils with hazy steam, and
the people are bathed in sweat. Although hotpot can be
found wherever there are street vendors or small
restaurants, chongqing Hot pot has the greatest variety and
is known for its delicious soup base and dipping sauce.
Background of Sichuan Opera
Sichuan Opera is the face of the special skills of the
performing arts one. It is the characters inner thoughts
and feelings of the performance of a romantic way.
Face approach can be divided into three types - hand
face, blowing face, push face. Sichuan Opera is the
treasure house of Chinese opera in a Guangcaizhaoren
the pearl. It has a long history of keeping the fine
traditions of a lot of repertoire, and rich melodies and
superb performing arts.
Overall the art form is well known for its singing,
which is less constrained than that of the more
popular Beijing opera form. Sichuan opera is more like
a play than other forms of Chinese opera, and the
acting is highly polished. The music accompanying
Sichuanese opera utilizes a small gong and an
instrument called a Muqin, which is similar to the Erhu.
The traditional formula is quite systematic with a
combination of stunts like face-changing, tihuiyan,
sword-hiding, fire-spitting and beard-changing with the
plot and different characters.
Background of Shu Embroidery
Shu embroidery is renowned for its superb workmanship, smooth and bright in quality. It has strong expression
and artistic effect. The features of it are said as "fine and smooth needlework, simple and elegant colors, graceful
and easy lines and the traditional Chinese paintings' style ". Its needling characteristics lie in "the even stitches,
bright threads, closeness and softness in texture, and both centrifugal and centripetal needling". The embroidery
takes locally-produced colorful satin and threads as its materials.
Shu embroidery (Shu is the shortened form of Sichuan), also called "Chuan embroidery", is one of the four
famous embroidery styles in China. It has enjoyed high reputation as "a treasure of Sichuan" ever since the Han
Dynasty (206BC-220AD).Shu embroidery is particularly characterized by the closeness of its stitching, which
allows Shu embroiderers to highlight miniscule details in the subjects they produce. A Shu embroidered piece may
include hundreds of thousands of stitches in a single figure or animal, and may take many days or even weeks to
Background of Tea Art
The Chinese people, in their drinking of tea, place much significance on the act of "savoring." "Savoring tea" is
not only a way to discern good tea from mediocre tea, but also how people take delight in their reverie and in tea-
drinking itself. Snatching a bit of leisure from a busy schedule, making a kettle of strong tea, securing a serene
space, and serving and drinking tea by yourself can help banish fatigue and frustration, improve your thinking
ability and inspire you with enthusiasm.
The sado is take leads a pious life obtains enlightenment drinks the tea art as the objective, contains the
betrothal gift, the etiquette, the environment, to lead a pious life four big essential factors. The tea art is the sado
foundation, is the sado essential condition, the tea art may the independence exist in the sado. The sado take the
tea art as a carrier, depends on each other in the tea art. Tea art key in "skill", in the custom tea art, obtains
again enjoys esthetically; The sado key point is saying ", is for the purpose of cultivating the mind through the tea
art grows the soul, perceives through meditation the main road. The tea art connotation is smaller than the sado,
the sado connotation containing tea art. The tea art extension is bigger than the sado, its extension is situated
between the sado and the tea culture.
Project Duration（July 10th—July 27th）
We will have the 6 global volunteers and 6 local volunteers to form three groups.
Each of the global volunteer will have a body
And in each group have one member from the AIESEC CQU.
Working as a group.
WE will take a series of lessons consisting of Sichuan Opera, Sichuan Embroidery,
Sichuan style dishes and Chinese tea art in local culture institutions.
You are expected to record your whole journey in China by words and pictures everyday.
Make a video with all the teammates, making a video based on the topic of “ Nice to
meet you! Chongqing ” by recording your life in Chongqing at the end of the project in
order to promote Chinese culture and culture of Chongqing.
Encourage residents to concern about international culture, give power to build an
international city by photographs show, talent shows, food and cultural sharing.
Give cultural presentations about the intern’s country. Intern can prepare PPT,
bring some small gadgets, national snacks, national clothes or even cook national food to
show their culture. Introduction or traveling brochures are also acceptable.
Make sure you can arrive Chongqing
Culture Discovery Staring Day
Tea Art learning
Tea Art learning
Hot Pot Making
Hot Pot Making
25 26 27
Closing day for Hey! Chongqing
1. Have a completely new understanding of China and Chinese culture;
2. Develop self-improvement and leadership;
3. Record and make a video about your work & life experience in China;
4. Positive feedback from the manager and percentage of participating of activities.
We’re sincerely hope that the traditional Bayu Culture will broaden your horizon and you will also enjoy the
learning of some different culture. When people see your performance of Sichuan Opera, Shu Embroidery and Tea
Art, they will pay more heed to their attitude to their own culture preserve, cherish and inherit it for the young
generation. And the sense of traditional culture is also a faith, when you go back to your country, you can also
value the traditional culture in your country.