Category Archive: Trip to Guiyang, China

Apr 20

We the people…

The wake up call came at 4:30am. We loaded our bags in the bus and headed for the airport. We spent two hours cued up in a long line to check in and then came the news. Our flight was delayed by about 14 hours! We would be getting in to Chicago in the late …

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Apr 18

“Good heart. Keep go!” – The Great Wall of China

After a short drive we began our assent of a portion of the great wall. This section took almost 300 years of excruciating manual labor to build. I’ll admit having heard about the wall and thinking, “So?” I mean it’s a wall. How hard is that? Well, it’s quite something else to see. The steps …

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Apr 18

Beijing is not Guiyang

It was time to say goodbye to Guiyang today. Our hosts checked all our bags from the hotel to the plane for us so all we had to do was ride the bus to the airport and board the plane. Waiting at the airport we received several copies of a fully produced hardbound book of …

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Apr 17

Daniel is lost in translation

Tonight we attended the Grand Theatre of Guiyang‘s production of ‘Cool Guiyang’. This Broadway style stage show celebrates the many ethnic minority’s present within Guizou. From the very first number it was evident that no expense was spared in the production. The entire back wall of the stage and four different sets of legs (theatre …

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Apr 17

Yo Yo

On the way back from the Miao village I sat next to one of our volunteer guides from Guiyang named Yo Yo. We talked all the way to the village and all the way back which was probably about 6-7 hours total. She spoke English perhaps better than any of the other guides and we …

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Apr 17

Xijian Miao Ethnic Minority Village

Our guide, Jackie’s mom is from the ethnic minority known as the Miao people.  Today we visited his home town.  Jackie tried to warn us for what was to come, but I don’t think any of us actually believed him.  When we arrived at the Miao village we were greeted by singing women in silvery …

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Apr 16

Once in a lifetime Concert experience

(I’m posting this one out of sequence because I’m too excited about what just happened) As we pulled into Guiyang’s Grand Theatre, “Jackie”, our guide, told us his mother would be watching tonight’s concert on television.  This was of course the first we had heard of this and were pretty excited.  We all entered the …

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Apr 16

Qingyan Ancient Town

After the exhibit hall we traveled out to the Qingyan Ancient Town to eat lunch.  Initially I sat a table with all Wesleyan students, but when then the guides didn’t have anywhere to assist us Americans with the meal so I got up to offer my seat to one of them.  This however, displaced me …

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Apr 16

They rolled out the red carpet at the exhibition hall

Our guide Jackie rejoined our bus to provide us with non-stop facts about Guiyang and Guiziu.  We were glad to have Jackie back, but I must admit I found Yo You and Livia’s entertainment very charming.  Singing songs for guests from abroad isn’t something I would feel natural doing, but as a musician, I find …

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Apr 16

Selena’s March on the People’s Square

On the way to the people’s square our usual guide Jackie wasn’t able to join us, so volunteers Livia and Yo Yo did their best to entertain us by singing songs to us in mandarin.  It was completely charming.  Then we arrived at the people’s square which is a large area surrounding government buildings with …

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