5 Mar Dumplings Making A dumpling making class; this is a special activity back by popular demand from our interns in China. When we arrange internships in China for international students, we have a selection of exciting cultural activities to help them get immersed in the Chinese culture – electives include Chinese cuisine, art, games, martial arts, taiji etc. Making dumplings is one of our popular choices, all year round there is always a group of participants asking for such an activity. When you talk about the cuisine of northern China, you cannot leave out dumplings. Northern Chinese people prefer wheat based staple food, while their southern counterparts largely eat rice based meals. As a China intern, student or tourist, make sure you don’t leave without trying some, dip them in vinegar to get that kick in the taste! Go Abroad China led this dumpling making class, inviting a group of international clients to take part too. Laughter, jokes and fun filled the room as our participants learned how to prepare the dough, combined together the stuffing which can either be meat or vegetable based depending on your preference, and then finally added to a pot of boiling water to cook for 10- 15 minutes. Such an activity is free of cost; it is already included in GAC’s program fee. Our participants made and ate their own dumplings, a successful cultural learning session indeed. During this time, our candidates also got the opportunity to learn Mandarin Chinese amongst themselves – I will admit that there were a few standouts that really impressed me with how well they continue to speak Mandarin. Make sure to keep up with Go Abroad China’s social and activities calendar; we have much more in store!