Invited by the Beijing People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, and after strict organization and preparation, international students of Beijing Forestry University went to the National Stadium to observe the opening and closing ceremony of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.
Now, let’s share the feelings of international students who have seen this unprecedented event in person!
MAJDA AOUITITEN, Morocco, actor of the opening ceremony of the 2022 Winter Olympics:
"All the feelings that exist in this universe can't describe precisely the love I have for China and Beijing Forestry University, thank you for your trust in me, thank you for this huge honor. Every step I took during my performance in the opening ceremony of the successful Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics was dedicated for each one of you all.
Since 2008 during the Summer Olympics in Beijing I was watching it at my home in my country Morocco. I still remember the little talk I had with my mom and dad back then when our athlete has won the golden middle I said I want to be there in the stadium, today I'm humble by this epic opportunity and honor, thank you for your trust and love."
MURTAZA ALI, Pakistan:
"Hello everyone! I am Murtaza Ali, a PhD student at the School of Forestry in BFU. I was fortunate to participate in the opening ceremony of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, and I am grateful to Beijing Forestry University for providing me the chance. I want to express my gratitude to the Beijing Winter Olympics Organizing Committee for the invitation cards and tickets, such a wonderful meal, and many more gifts like self-heating material to keep us warm during all the ceremony along with other gifts. During the pandemic situation China's ability to pull out such a large event so well amazed me. After seeing the opening ceremony, I'd want to declare that my presence in that opening ceremony of 2022 Winter Olympic was one of the most unforgettable nights of my life. China is Great Country. "
"My name is Mubashir khan. I’m a master student in School of Biological Science and Technology. Once we arrived at the National Stadium, the warm-hearted volunteers welcomed us with a big and genuine smile that made me feel like home. Not only were we so impressed by team of director Zhangyimou’s crafts to turn the stage into an art gallery where technology and visuals merged, we were also very excited to be a part of the historic moment where we saw how the athletes lit up the Olympic torch with our own eyes. I was so thankful for the Chinese government, the Beijing Olympic Winter Sport Committee and BFU for giving me the chance to attend this once-in-a-lifetime event. Despite the challenges under the COVID-19, the organization still ensured we had a wonderful experience with the careful planning. This will always be an unforgettable experience for me!"
JACK JOSEPH ANDANGFUNG，Cameroon:
"It is said that opportunity comes but once in a life time”. For me that opportunity came this year 2022 when I was invited by the International College of Beijing Forestry University to attend the grand opening ceremony of the Winter Olympic games taking place in Beijing, China. The event was a once in a life time experience for me. When culture mixes with technology there is bound to be greatness. It was a blend of the Chinese culture and 21st century technology that gave surprise to everyone that attended the event. China showed the world her capabilities towards the pandemic, the event was well organized from start to finish with no delay or whatsoever. I want to thank the organizing committee and the volunteers for such a smooth event. Great memories are created when people come together and for me this is one of the greatest memories since I came to China in 2019. The theme of the Olympic games is “together for a shared future” and truly what I saw in the opening ceremony is that together we can share the future and grow in our own different communities."
HAITHAM ASHAH, Yemen:
"It is a great honor for me to be able to participate in the closing ceremony of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, and I am grateful to International College of Beijing Forestry University for the opportunity.
It was a wonderful event in which the shows were varied and distinguished by the performance, which touched the hearts of everyone and left a great impression on the aesthetics of the Olympics held in Beijing, and it deserves with all its merits to be the city for the 2022 Winter Games.
I was really amazed when I saw this unique ceremony. The art of manipulating the lighting, the harmony of sounds and the interaction of the audience with the presented performances caught my attention. The fun was from the beginning of the ceremony to its end, and I hope it did not stop.
Through this event, China demonstrated the unity of its people and showed the world about the development of science and technology in China, as it conveyed its voice to all countries of the world about the success of these Olympic Games.
May the friendship between China and the Middle East countries last forever!“
GHADA ABDULBAQI MOHAMMED, Yemen
"My name is Ghada, a master's student in School of Landscape Architecture at Beijing Forestry University. When I came to China, I knew that the 2022 Winter Olympics would take place in China and Beijing. I dreamed of attending and watching it for real, not only on TV. When I finally had the opportunity to receive an invitation to attend the ceremony, I felt that one of my dreams had come true.
When we boarded the bus, everyone was excited to attend this event in this great country, China, and in this wonderful stadium. When we arrived, there was a beautiful and elegant welcome, and we were greeted by volunteers with a beautiful smile.
Everything from the lighting and visuals to the organization was beautiful. I was amazed by this work. When the medals were delivered, I could see the amount of joy in the hearts of the participants in the tournament and it was clear from their tears. And the moment the fireworks that decorated the sky and the harmonious music were like a painting, it was an unforgettable day that will be engraved in the memory, I am very grateful to Beijing Forestry University and the Beijing Winter Olympics Organizing Committee for giving me a chance to attend this event that will not be repeated in a lifetime. I am very fortunate to attend this event in a great country like China."
MUHAMMAD TARIQ BADSHAH, Pakistan
"Participating in international competitions as host always been a lifelong dream of mine, as far back as I can remember. I grew up watching sports on television, but I never expected to witness the closing ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics at the National Stadium with thousands of audience from around the world. It was an unforgettable experience that I will never forget. The most memorable part was seeing all of the other university students and seeing how every single one of them is so happy and willing to take pictures with everyone. Finally we reached the National stadium and saw the 3D effects, it shows the technological development of China.
We take pictures together with our teacher and mates, they were really beautiful and historic moments. I will always remember and it's hard to words all the moments. Once again I am thankful to the International College of Beijing Forestry University for this opportunity. Thanks."
SAJID HUSSAIN, Pakistan
"The closing ceremony was great fun. I went there with our teacher and other overseas friends, we’d been all over to the stadium together, so we’d had all these incredible experiences. After meeting lots of other friends worldwide, we had this fantastic evening.
At the closing ceremony, I didn’t think that I was a participant, but I was like an athlete by my imagination. I was too excited to watch the show with my eyes; that was an extraordinary moment ever in my life.
Finally, in a unique way, I would like to express my utmost appreciation and gratitude to the International College of Beijing Forestry University that provided us to become a part of such a phenomenal opportunity to explore more about the new experience."