Tag Archive: China

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

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

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

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 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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