Most people shaking hands in one place-world
record set by Shanghai students
SHANGHAI, China -- 5,102 students from the British
International School Shanghai, the Shangde Experimental
School and the Shanghai Fudan Kangqiao School shook
hands and exchanged name cards-setting the world record for
people shaking hands in one place.
Photo: BISS students met students from
the Shangde Experimental School and the Shanghai Fudan Kangqiao
School in a unique record attempt to show how the young people
of today will lead the world forward in peace and cooperation.
Photograph byZhang Suoqing (enlarge
The event was also intended as a way of showing
how the young people of today will lead the world forward
in peace and cooperation. Students from BISS represent over
40 nationalities making this a true international event.
The event took place at the BISS Pudong campus
and was organized by BISS Nanxiang Principal Michael Embley.
"The idea of bringing together all these young
people in one place to join hands is a demonstration of how
our two great nations can work together and it's all the more
important today than ever before."
Principal Embley says: "All the students were
really excited to meet new friends, and given the recent visit
of Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao to the UK we feel this event
just goes to show that people everywhere want to speak with
one voice and express their friendship.
"China and Great Britain both have long and proud
traditions and this is a great way to celebrate the heritage
and the future of both our great nations," says Embley. "The
principals of all our partner schools have been absolutely
great to work with and have added some really good ideas to
the initial concept.
"The BISS schools have a mission to provide
the best of British education to our students while making
a point of being a real part of the community around us in
Shanghai rather than just being an island detached from the
life of the country and this city," says Embley.
Specially invited VIP guests included David Matthew,
vice consul of The British Consulate in Shanghai. He spoke
to the students and the assembled VIPs about the important
ties that Britain and China share both in terms of trade and
He says that it was important that we take time
to celebrate these important links and that the British School
event was a great way to show the strength that can be gained
from working together in this way.
Jenny Chen, Mandarin coordinator for all three
BISS schools was instrumental in the success of the event
and commented that forging links between local schools will
also be a great benefit to all students who took part. A number
of follow-up events and projects are being planned.
May 5, 2009
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