19 Sep Learning Archery in Shanghai Archery is the skill of using a bow to propel an arrow forward to hit an intended target. In the olden days, archery was mostly used in combat and hunting; we know that many different cultures across the world at least had this in common. You had Tibetan archers, indigenous Brazilian populations used archery to hunt; probably even now it is believed that some remote Amazonian tribes still use some sort of archery even today. In tribal regions of Africa, Pacific Island countries, Native Indian populations, Mongols and Englishmen at some point in ancient times made used of archery. Today archery has evolved into a sport that has even made it into the Olympics! Over the weekend, we gathered our clients who are learning Mandarin in Shanghai for a nice day out to go learn archery. Well amongst us, nobody had ever heard any experience doing archery before so it was good fun learning together. Archery is tricky, personally aiming at a target, then pulling and releasing is a skill I lack terribly. It looked so easy when everyone else was practicing! The learn Chinese Shanghai program students looked the part! We couldn’t miss a little opportunity for some innocent competition; our language participants formed a group, and those doing the China Internship Program formed their own group too and it was a battle of the best beginner archers. It was all good fun to compete with each other since everyone was new to archery. A truly great afternoon involving a completely new activity on the GAC activities calendar, there will be many more to come as promised by GAC as part of our packaged deal. Learn Mandarin in Shanghai, such events rotate on our calender, you will get your chance! Until the next time we meet archers, keep those arrows sharp and the bows tight!