New Year Fun Games
On January 17th, a festival named “Xiao Nian （Minor New Year）” when the Spring Festival (the Chinese New Year) was only several days away, the Institute held the annual New Year Fun Games. Early in the morning, the staff had gathered in threes and fours on the playground of the southern yard, talking about how to win the events.
This competition included three events, namely riddles, ringtoss and tug of war.
The walls of the bamboo grove were hung with colorful paper strips, on each of which was a riddle. Curious people crowded before the puzzles, some racking their brains alone while others consulting with their friends. In a moment, a long line formed at the rewarding desk.
The game of ringtoss challenges players’ hand-eye coordination ability. Whenever a player “hits a shot”, there came a resounding cheer from spectators. On the spot, everyone was very cheerful.
The sport of tug-of-war most challenges team cohesion. This event was attended by 19 teams from various departments and divisions, each consisting of 10 "strong soldiers". At the referee's whistle, team members coordinated their efforts to pull the rope backwards, while boosters shouted “Jia You, Jia You (Go! Go!)”, pushing the match to one climax to another. After several rounds of fierce competition, Roads & Bridges Department, Special Planning Department, and Reinforcement Department Ⅴ won the first, second and third places respectively.
Regardless of winning or losing, every player embraced the challenges with enthusiasm and showed the Institute’s enterprising spirit. This activity not only enriched the festive atmosphere of the New Year, but also enriched the staff’s cultural life.