The history of Urdu teaching in China started with establishment of first Urdu Department at Peking University in 1951. Later, universities in the Chinese cities of Xian, Guangzhou and Kunming also set up Urdu departments.
To meet the significant demand, several universities in Shanghai, Tianjin, Urumqi and Inner Mongolia are considering to setting up Urdu departments.
The reasons for learning Urdu vary. Some students have been romanced by Pakistan’s culture, food and landscape; other by the beauty of the language itself. Yet, a large number see learning Urdu as a practical means of eventually working with companies undertaking projects under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) framework in Pakistan.