[Bulletin from the Office of International & Cross Strait Academic Exchange]
This semester’s “Biking with President Pan” activity was held on May 6, with 120 students from countries such as Germany, Korea, Australia, and China participating. Also in attendance and contributing to the lively course of events were Professor Xiang Niandong from Anhui Normal University (China), Professor Zhu Fengxiang from Northwest University of Politics and Law (China), as well as Wu Meitian from Fuzhou University (China).
At just before 7 AM at the Waishuanghsi Campus track, over 100 bikes were arranged under clear skies which just before had been blanketed with rain clouds. After a word of encouragement from President Pan and instructions from the Director of office of Military Instruction, the participants set out on their bikes in a grand procession from SU and past the riverside sites such as the riverbed plains, Guandu Temple, Hongshulin, and Fort San Domingo. The bike riders arrived at the Tamsui Fisherman’s Warf at noon.
Upon arriving, the group settled in to a restaurant for a meal, and in a short pre-meal speech, President Pan highlighted the special ecology of the Hongshulin marshland and encouraged the students to enjoy every day of their exchange experience in Taiwan. This was also the first time Vice-President Paul Dung joined in the bike-riding event.
The students then enjoyed a savory seafood meal while participating in games set up by the Office of International & Cross Strait Academic Exchange (ICAE). The finale was a rock-paper-scissors challenge with President Pan, in which Central China Normal University student Qin Tian surmounted all difficulties to claim the top prize.
Since the route was more familiar on the way back to SU, the group arrived in short order. The students remarked that although the bike seats rendered their backsides slightly sore, the experience enjoying the local Taiwan sights and activities was well worth it and brought happiness throughout the day.
This event was a collaboration between the ICAE; the office of Military Instruction; the Environmental Safety, Sanitation and General Management Division; the Health and Counseling Center; the Student Housing Center; and the student volunteers and was yet another successful 50 km round trip event. The ICAE presented each participant with a certificate of completion and hopes that the international students were left with a wonderful impression and good memories with this local encounter in Taiwan.
[Content: Yu Mei Chen (ICAE); figures: Hsien Ting Chu (ICAE)]