A new Mandarin teaching centre opened at Wellington College in Berkshire on Saturday. The £500,000 centre is apparently the largest of it’s kind in the UK, and has a pagoda and Chinese water garden. The centre will not only teach students, but also host Chinese cultural events.
Liu Xiaoming, China’s ambassador to the UK, opened the centre as part of the schools’ Speech Day programme on Saturday. Speech Day honours outstanding students, with exhibitions of their work, sports displays and games, and prize ceremonies. Wellington College is a 150 year old independent school and is known for it’s Chinese links, as it has a sister school in Tianjin, near Beijing.
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