We know that your Chinese immersion program is not just about studying Mandarin. So, CLE arranges many electives and student activities that are both fun and help students learn more about Chinese language and culture. Some of the activities currently offered
include: Chinese Massage, Mahjong, Calligraphy, Chinese Traditional Music, Chinese Chess, Martial Arts (Tai Chi and Kung Fu), Chinese Art (painting and drawing), Chinese Traditional Medicine, Chinese Cooking, Feng Shui and much more. All elective courses are
offered at no charged to Gold Package students. Other students are able to attend elective events for a small fee per event.
Our more popular elective events include:
Chinese massage, also called tuina, is an oriental bodywork therapy that has been used in China for 2,000 years. Tuina uses the traditional Chinese medical theory of the flow of Qi, or air, through the body as its basic therapeutic principle. Through the application
of massage and manipulation techniques, Tuina seeks to establish a more harmonious flow of Qi allowing the body to naturally heal itself.
The history of mahjong can be traced back to the latter part of 1890 to Ning Po, China. As the game spread through China, different regions adopted the game, each with its own unique set of rules. In general, Mahjong is a fast-paced game of strategy and luck,
and some of the objectives can be compared to the western game rummy.
Regarded as the most abstract and sublime form of art in Chinese culture, "Shu Fa" (calligraphy) is often thought to be most revealing of a person's personality. During the imperial era, calligraphy was used as an important criterion for selection to the imperial
court. Unlike other visual art techniques, all calligraphy strokes are permanent and demand careful planning and confidence. These were also considered to be the skills required for a successful administrator.
Chinese ink and water painting is one of the most sacred forms of traditional Chinese art. It is one of the four basic skills and disciplines studied and developed by the Chinese literati. The four basic disciplines include: Shufa (calligraphy), Hua (painting),
Qin (a string musical instrument), and Qi (a strategic, chess-like board game).
Martial Arts (Tai Chi)
The goal of Tai Chi is to lead natural Qi (air) into the human body by breaking through baihui and yongquan (acupuncture points). The results of natural Qi's circulation inside the human body include: great improvement of health, equilibrium of Ying and Yang,
development of moral character, and coordination of internal energy and external movements. The magical nature and unique functions of Tai Chi have become widely accepted and pursued by people of different counties.