Spring Festival themed vlog released by iSuzhou on its video column
“I’m in Suzhou” attracted wide attention during the holiday. In the
short video Tamara Kaup vividly shows how the city''s foreign residents
enjoyed the Chinese New Year in Suzhou.
from Tamara Kaup, many foreign residents in Suzhou also responded to
the government’s call and stayed in the city during the Spring Festival
holiday for the purpose of epidemic prevention and control. Some of them
are teaching or studying at local schools, some are enjoying married
life in Suzhou and some else are new to the city, starting businesses or
taking up new posts. They all spent a special Chinese New Year in
Suzhou in their own way.
Maginot Bernard from Jamaica
computer teacher, Kang Chiao International School (Kunshan)
been teaching computer science since I came to China from Jamaica in
2015. The Spring Festival in 2021 marks the fourth Chinese New Year I’ve
spent in Kunshan, Suzhou. Normally my wife will travel to Kunshan from
Malaysia to celebrate the festival together with me. But this year we
decided to stay put and meet through video calling platforms. During the
holiday, my colleagues and I took a good tour around the city, too.”
Renaud Bodot from France
General Manger, Prugent Diam Asia (Kunshan)
came to Kunshan in 2017 and have settled in since then, so Kunshan is
my second home. I could feel the festive atmosphere of Spring Festival
during the holiday despite doing overtime. I think China has done a
great job in epidemic prevention and control, and that is why I decided
to stay in Kunshan to spend a safe and healthy Spring Festival. During
the holiday, I cycled to the scenic Yangcheng Lake and Taihu Lake to
experience the unique charm of Suzhou as a Jiangnan water town.” said
Miksha from South Africa
was the first time I had ever celebrated the Chinese New Year in Suzhou
and learned to make dumplings. It’s definitely not easy to cook
tangyuan (rice balls) without breaking them. We also gave cooked
tangyuan to those front-line workers together with Shishan Hengtang
Subdistrict staff, which made this year’s Spring Festival more special.
It felt great when I saw the smiles on their faces.” said Miksha.
Manabu Nakamura from Japan
General Manager, Suzhou Izumiya Co., Ltd.
reason why I stayed in SND to celebrate the Spring Festival is kind of
romantic-- my wife is Chinese. The customs to celebrate the Spring
Festival in China and Japan are quite similar: having reunion dinner
with family members and friends, praying for good luck at temples, etc.
My family go climbing during every Spring Festival holiday, but this
year we decided to stay put and went climbing Dayang Mountain. After
that, we went to Huaihai Street and ate some Japanese food, which was
very satisfying.” said Manabu.
Instrumental performers, Suzhou Symphony Orchestra
Symphony Orchestra (SZS) now owns more than 70 instrumental performers
from over 20 different countries and regions. In light of the fact that
most of the foreign performers haven’t spent Chinese New Year in the
country before, SZS hosted a Spring Festival themed event where they
learned to make silk cocoon flowers, toured along old street, enjoyed
Kunqu opera performance and tasted local delicacies.
Zhen Zhen from France
international student, SKEMA Business School (Suzhou)
parents were worried about me at the beginning of the outbreak. Later
on, they considered it safe for me to stay in the country as China had
brought the epidemic under effective control. During the Spring Festival
holiday, my school prepared special goodie bags for international
students who decided to stay put like me. It really interested me when I
saw red couplets and the Chinese character Fu everywhere in the city.
The whole city was in a festive mood and I like this kind of feeling
very much.” said Zhen Zhen.
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