2021-05-04

Wudang Mountain Scenic Area: International Volunteer Service Team Serves Chinese and Foreign Tourists

By yqqlm yqqlm

China News Service, Shiyan, May 4 (Xu Haifang, Xu Gang, Chai Jian) ​​During the May 1st holiday, foreign tourists increased in Wudang Mountain, Hubei. In the past few days, the Wudang Mountain International Volunteer Service Team has become busy. Wearing volunteer vests, they are active in parking lots, ticket windows, hotels and other places in Wudang Mountain Scenic Area to provide volunteer services for Chinese and foreign tourists.

Zhang Zhiqiang, 31 years old this year, is from Oregon, USA, and graduated from Syracuse University in New York State. He is a PhD student in religion. He used to be an English teacher in Xi’an and he can speak fluent Chinese. In September 2019, Zhang Zhiqiang came to Wudang Mountain admiringly, began to learn Chinese Taoist culture, and studied Chinese martial arts in major martial arts schools.

Wudang Mountain Scenic Area: International Volunteer Service Team Serves Chinese and Foreign Tourists

Tourists and Wudang Mountain International Volunteer Service Team members photo by Xu Haifang

On May 4, in the lobby of the Wudang Mountain Scenic Area Visitor Service Center, Zhang Zhiqiang was wearing a red vest and holding a scenic tour manual and saw tourists passing by , He would take the initiative to greet him and provide him with services such as online ticket purchase and tourist route consultation.

Zhang Zhiqiang introduced that he has been studying and living in Wudang Mountain for more than a year and has a certain understanding of Wudang Mountain culture. Before taking up his post, the staff of the scenic spot also provided special service training for them. He has mastered the online ticketing guide and memorized several tourist routes in the scenic spot.

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A member of the Wudang Mountain International Volunteer Service Team provides ticket purchase services for tourists. Photo by Xu Haifang

The volunteer named Duolin who partnered with Zhang Zhiqiang is from Switzerland and is a student of the Wudang Mountain Taoist Traditional Martial Arts School , I have been studying and living in Wudang Mountain for 3 years. Because I am not very proficient in Chinese, it seems a little shy to communicate with Chinese tourists. But when she met foreign tourists, she immediately became active and took the initiative to interact with each other in English.

The International Volunteer Service Team has 4 foreign friends on the same day. In addition to Zhang Zhiqiang and Doreen, there are also Dalong and Jack from the United States.

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p >A member of the Wudang Mountain International Volunteer Service Team provides ticketing services for tourists. Photo by Xu Haifang

Jack’s full English name is Jake Lee Pinnick, 31 years old this year, and he is from the small town of Kiwani, Illinois, USA. On June 1, 2010, Jack came to Wudang Mountain. After more than ten years of painstaking study, he has now become the 16th generation of Wudang Sanfeng School. In addition to his love for Wudang martial arts, Jack also likes Chinese traditional culture and Taoist culture very much, and has married a Chinese wife.

It is understood that the Wudang Mountain International Volunteer Service Team was established on October 1, 2019. It was initiated by the Exit-Entry Administration Brigade of the Public Security Bureau of the Special Administrative Region. The composition of the trainees. Every year on major holidays, the international volunteer service team will go to the Wudang Mountain Scenic Area to carry out volunteer service activities. In addition, they also use their language advantages and professional expertise to carry out foreign-related laws and regulations publicity, cultural exchanges, social welfare and other voluntary service activities for foreigners studying and traveling in Wudang Mountain. (End)