Introduction to Hangzhou No.14 High School
Hangzhou No. 14 High School (website: http://www.h14z.com/) is located by the beautiful West Lake and is one of the most famous high schools in Zhejiang Province. It is a key high school at the provincial level. For more than one hundred years, the school has educated a large number of the socially outstanding people with both ability and integrity. Some of them include Zhang Qingqiu and Liu Xirong, who later became Party and national senior leaders; Wu Yifang, the famous educator; QiuAici and Zhang Shuyi, famous women scientists; Wang Xiaotang, the famous movie actress and Wang Xuefeng, the famous writer, all studied in the school. In recent years, the school has sent many outstanding graduates to the national key universities such as Beijing University, Qinghua University, Zhejiang University, Nanjing University, Fudan University every year.
In the 1980s and 1990s, our students achieved first place in science in the provincial college entrance examination as well as in liberal arts. The school has first-class teachers. There are seven provincially-recognized teachers in office and more than 70 high-grade teachers. In recent years, the school has employed several teachers with the doctorate and master’s degrees. In addition, over 90 teachers have completed professional development programs. Nearly 30 teachers have received awards for excellence in teaching. Among them, the awards include national outstanding teachers, provincial outstanding head-teachers and newly-emerging outstanding young teachers in the provincial educational field. We also have two high-level teachers who train students in advanced classes for the Provincial Olympics Contest for high schools.
The school follows an advanced educational philosophy, taking harmonious education as its main characteristic and seeking to harmoniously develop the students’ personality and scholarship. As a result the school has successively obtained more than 40 collective honorary titles, including the national advanced school, the provincial civilized school, and provincial cultured and civilized school.
Because of its unique educational philosophy, the school aims to develop students’ individuality, paying special attention to raising students’ motivation and forming good study habits. The school tries its best to create a harmonious atmosphere for learning by encouraging teachers to pursue effective teaching methods in order to lighten students’ burden in their studies. Students with different abilities have made great progress in their studies thanks to our teachers using methods adapted to a variety of student learning styles. The school has organized various extracurricular activities in more than ten student clubs, such as the CEC English Club and “Fengfan” Literature Club, which is one of the nation’s 100-best high school student literature clubs.
The success of our educational model can also been seen in our students’ performance in various regional and national competitions. The students in our school have gained many prizes in different discipline contests. Our participation has also improved the teaching quality year by year. The school discipline competition results are among the best in Hangzhou, and more than 100 students have obtained provincial honor/award items every year. The school obtained the team winners of four provincial competitions in physics, chemistry, biological and the Information Olympic Contests. Our student, Meng Linyan, attended the International Olympic Biology Contest held in Belarus in 2003, and she won the gold medal. In 2004, another student, Lou Tiancheng, won the gold medal for the 16th International Juvenile Olympic Information Contest held in Athens,Greece, in which he was the first prize-winner in our province. The 15th National High School Student’s Biology Contest was held successfully in our school in August of 2006. It was the first time that the nationwide large-scale discipline competition was held in Zhejiang province undertaken by a high school. The Zhejiang No. 2 Team, of three students formed by our school, achieved a remarkable success in the contest and obtained two gold and one silver medals. One of them, Lin Jimin, was chosen for the national competition team which participated in the International Biology Contest held in Canada in August 2007.
The school pays great attention to international exchange in the process of running the school and has successfully established the widespread relations with Britain, USA, France, Australia, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Denmark and others. We also invite foreign teachers from USA, Britain and Australia to teach in our school. The fine campus, the harmonious atmosphere and the spirit of achievement has helped the school become a cradle for the outstanding students to mature.
Hangzhou is one of the most beautiful and most visited cities in China. Though it has been through many recent economic and technological developments, it still remains its historic beauty and cultural heritage. The city’s West Lake, a UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Site, attracts tourists from both home and abroad all year round. Twinned with nearly 20 cities around the world, Hangzhou is one of the most modern and vibrant cities to live in.
With a number of means of transport at your disposal, getting around the city is super easy. Do not feel like taking the metro to visit the scenery spots in the city? Then you can always bike there. Want to tour around a nearby city on weekends? Train rides are probably what you’d be looking for. Cities of Shanghai, Nanjing and Suzhou are all just within hours’ distance by train or car.
Arts & culture
Hangzhou’s cultural richness constantly surprises you. Three of China’s most important museums, China National Silk Museum, China National Tea Museum, Zhejiang Provincial Museum are all located in Hangzhou. If you are interested in opera, then you’ve come to the right place for there are lots of theaters in Hangzhou giving performance of opera shows!
Hangzhou is a culinary paradise with a large number of delicious dishes. Hangzhou’s local cuisine enjoys a nation-wide reputation and dishes prepared in its style are reputed to be “fresh, tender, soft and smooth, with a mellow fragrance”. Some of the better-known examples of Hangzhou’s regional cuisine are: West Lake Fish in Sweet and Sour Sauce, Dongpo Pork, Beggar’s Chicken, Fried Shrimps with Longjing Tea, and Hangzhou Soy-sauce Duck. Sounds interesting? Behind these dishes, there always seems to be a beautiful story linked with a historical figure in Hangzhou. In addition to the traditional Hangzhou food or Chinese cuisine, plenty of restaurants offer south-eastern or western-style food. In Hangzhou, you never have to worry about going hungry.