Cultural Diving at Green Lake Park
Despite being immersed in Chinese culture and speaking with locals on a daily basis, foreigners in Yunnan can find it difficult to make long-standing personal connections. This phenomenon is not a one-way street, as locals are sometimes reticent to approach laowai out of a fear of perceived language or social barriers.
Enter Cultural Diving, a non-profit group formed with the goal of putting together "fun and playful events designed to foster cultural exchange between the East and West." To this aim, the organization will hold its first major event, entitled City Adventure, on Saturday, August 16, at 3pm.
Equal parts group activity, scavenger hunt, massive interactive board game and mystery, City Adventure will pit groups of players against one another to see who can complete the game in the shortest amount of time. Based on the Chinese literary classic Romance of the Three Kingdoms (三国演义), the competition will be held in Green Lake Park.
Each team will receive maps, clues and codes which will unlock levels in the real world, all while exploring the lakes, bridges and peninsulas that make up the park. They will also travel through the story that unfolds in what many consider to be China's greatest historical novel. Characters from the tale will come to life and aid teams in discovering a secret location, helping them to complete the game.