Category Archive: Trip to Guiyang, China

Apr 16

The Signing Ceremony

That day last October that we sang the national anthem for the signing ceremony in Fort Worth, we would never have thought that later in the year we would be standing on the other side of the planet singing in front of an official assembly in Guiyang.  This morning’s signing ceremony we sat across from …

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Apr 15

Welcome Banquet

Tonight we entered the ballroom on the 3rd floor of the Sheraton Hotel and were seated around round tables similar to what we experienced at lunch.  This time one large wine goblet was filled with Coke, a smaller goblet had some sweet red wine and then a tiny shot glass contained the national drink of …

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Apr 15

Rehearsal at the Grand Theatre of Gui Yang

Our next stop was at the Grand Theatre of Guiyang to rehearse our pieces.  It was on this trip that I realized we had a police escort in front of our caravan of busses.  This police presence would remain throughout our stay and from the way our bus driver honked his horn, we were apparently …

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Apr 15

Lunch at Golden Lusheng Restaurant

Following our extremely warm reception at Zhucheng square, we took a short bus ride to the Gold Lusheng Restaurant to feast on authentic Chinese cuisine.  The scrolling marque out front read “Welcome Fort Worth Delegation”.  A chorus of girls dressed in traditional Miao regalia greeted us as we entered and were escorted to our table. …

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Apr 15

Tour of Zhucheng Square

As the tour bus pulled up to Zhucheng Square we could see kites flying in the sky and crowds of people gathered.  As we got off the bus we heard the amplified voice of a woman speaking in mandarin.  A male voice followed her translating what she was saying.  As the delegation started out towards …

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Apr 15

Cool Guiyang

When we landed on the Tarmac in Guiyang a swarm of television cameras, reporters and photographers where there to greet us. Also three Guiyang women adorned in traditional dress greeted each of us as we came off the plane. A tv reporter took several statements on camera and we boarded a waiting tour bus. On …

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Apr 14

Planes, trains and automobiles

It has now been 36 hours since Dr. Fisher and I left the Wesleyan campus in search of Guiyang, China.  After a 13 and a half hour flight to Beijing from Chicago, we easily passed through customs and were delighted to arrive at the truly world class, Langham Place Hotel.  Although we only had 3 …

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Apr 14

In flight to Beijing

Today, I am one of 28 students and 2 faculty from Texas Wesleyan embark on a trip to Guiyang, China. We join 37 other Americans as official delegates to Fort Worth’s newest sister city. After a brief voice lesson, I hopped in the car of John Fisher, head of the Wesleyan music department and we …

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Apr 09

Sendoff Concert Preparations

A couple weeks ago we had a meeting with Irene Chase about the final details of our upcoming trip to Guiyang, China.  We learned at this meeting that we needed to prepare to sing the Chinese national anthem at the signing ceremony.  Not wishing to cause an international incident I volunteered to find an arrangement …

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Feb 23

Wesleyan Chamber Singers Accept Invite to China

In October the Texas Wesleyan Chamber Singers sang for signing of the declaration of Fort Worth‘s sister city –Guiyang, China. The mayor from Guiyang then invited our choir to be his guest at the signing in his home city. Thanks to a generous donation and the efforts of our Dr. Bierschenk (our director), Dr. Fisher …

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