Tag Archive: Guiyang

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

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 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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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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