Young and old enjoy the Chinese New Year at UWTSD Lampeter


The University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s Confucius Institute recently opened its doors to the community in Lampeter to celebrate Chinese New Year’s Day.

On Saturday, January 28th, around 60 people of all ages, all with an interest in Chinese culture, were welcomed to the festively decorated Confucius Institute Reading Room on the University’s Lampeter campus to take part in a range of workshops. 

Paper Cutting

During the day, visitors were given the opportunity to try their hand at a variety of traditional Chinese activities and workshops. 

Sam Qin, from Beijing Union University, introduced the ancient art of calligraphy. Much more than just the practice of Chinese handwriting with a brush and ink, calligraphy is a form of artistic expression that requires stillness of mind and body.

As well as being a talented calligraphist, Sam is also a Chinese teacher, teaching students at Crickhowell High School and teaching Chinese to Tourism Management students at UWTSD Swansea.

Alex Liao, a volunteer teacher from China Sichuan Province also showed how Chinese painting developed from calligraphy and helped workshop participants to draw pandas - the iconic animal most often associated with China.

Visitors could also try their hand at paper cutting.  This traditional art form is closely linked to Chinese New Year celebrations and at this time of year, families across China decorate their windows with beautiful images of flowers, animals and the lucky ‘Fu’ character to guarantee a prosperous year ahead.  At the end of the workshop everyone had made an extra-lucky 3-D papercut to take home.


Fan Tai Chi workshops and the opportunity to take part in Chinese tea ceremonies were also offered during the day under the guidance of Ellen Zeng.

The tea ceremony was beautifully accompanied by the tones of the zither (guzheng) played by Elan Mu. Elan is currently taking an MA in Heritage at Beijing Union University and has been studying for two semesters at the Faculty of Humanities at the Lampeter Campus.

The Chinese New Year continues for three weeks, and the Confucius Institute at UWTSD is working in schools all over Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire to bring a Chinese Spring Festival experience to pupils.  During the next few weeks, children in Welsh schools will be making Chinese dumplings, learning about the Chinese Zodiac – especially the Rooster - and learning all about how families in China celebrate their long winter holiday.

Further Information

  1. For further information, please contact Sian-Elin Davies by emailing / 01267 676908 / 07449 998476