WCE will post emails and pictures from the 2015 WCE China Trip while the trip
is in progress! Please encourage your friends to view the WCE Web Site and
follow the trip!!
2015 WCE China Summer Trip
7/6/2015 Monday (Seattle)
Today our 32 member WCE Student Delegation led by Coach Ed Lundberg
(Heatherwood Middle School) and Mr. Gregg Elder (Evergreen Middle School)
departed from Seattle on time, will transfer planes in Beijing, and arrive in
Guangzhou for their tour of China. The Student Delegation will visit Guangzhou,
Xian, and Beijing, China. Pictures and emails will be posted on this page
during the trip. Xiguan Foreign Language School will host a school visit and
one afternoon a delegation of their students will tour Guangzhou with our
students! Emails and pictures will be posted here on this web site during the
7/7/2015 Tuesday (1:30 AM next day, 10:30 AM Seattle time)
Jessica Chen (our wonderful China Tour Manager) has emailed to say that our
Delegation has arrived safely in Guangzhou! They have gathered their luggage
and are now traveling by bus to The China Hotel where they will check in and
get a well-deserved night's rest. Tomorrow morning after a buffet breakfast at
The China Hotel the group will visit the Five Ram Statue, the Guangzhou Museum
and Shamian Island. In the afternoon the delegation will travel to Xiguan
Foreign Language School for a campus tour, Volleyball game and a Friendship
Exchange. After dinner they will enjoy a visit to Lichi Bay Park.
Jessica has sent a photo taken at the airport after the group arrived in
Guanghzou! Encourage family and friends to view this web site for daily
updates and pictures!
7/8/2015 Wednesday (12:00 PM Guangzhou Time same day, 9:00 AM Seattle)
We have received an email from Peter (our outstanding Guangzhou guide). "We had
a very full and happy day today! In the morning, we went to the Five Ram Statue
and the Guangzhou Museum. We learned more about Guangzhou during these visits.
Then we went to Shamian Island, a beautiful island in downtown
Guangzhou. Shamian Island is a place that used to be an embassy area. The
scenery is great and we experienced lots of local culture there! For lunch, we
tried our first Chinese meal and it was delicious. In the afternoon, we went to
Xiguan Foreign Language School for a cultural exchange. We toured around the
campus, we had a friendship volleyball game together, and we also did other
sports! We also talked a lot and communicated very well. We had made many new
friends before we had to say goodbye! In the evening, we went to Lichi Bay
Park. It is a nice place to enjoy some Canton views. For dinner, we had
dim-sum. It was so delicious we couldn't stop eating.
Tomorrow, we will go to visit the local kindergarten, see Dr. Sun Yat-sen's
Memorial Hall, and also tour with local Chinese students! We can't wait to do
7/9/2015 Thursday (12:00 PM Guangzhou Time same day, 9:00 AM Seattle)
Peter has sent another update from the day's activities. "Today was a full,
happy, and exciting day! In the morning, we first went to Guangzhou No. 2
kindergarten. We played and had classes there with the little kids. They are so
cute we just wanted to stay there for a whole day! Then we visited Dr. Sun
Yat-sen Memorial Hall. We learned more about the great patriot of China and
modern Chinese history. For lunch, we tried another Chinese lunch, it was
really delicious. Then came the highlight! We toured and shopped with local
students on Nine Pedestrian Road! It's really enjoyable to bargain there. Then
we went to Guangzhou Vocational and Technical College of Sports. We watched
athletes training in different sports and we played Ping-Pong and Basketball
with some of the athletes. During the process, we talked a lot and did lots of
exchanges. We made more friends there. We also had dinner in the dining hall of
the college and shared life with more students. It was really unforgettable!
Tomorrow we will go to City Foshan for more history and sightseeing. We are
really looking forward to it!"
7/10/2015 Friday (12:00 PM Guangzhou Time same day, 9:00 AM Seattle)
Peter (our wonderful Guangzhou guide) has sent the following update from the
days activates: "We have had a great day today! In the morning, we left for
Foshan City, which is famous for pottery and kongfu. It is west of Guangzhou
and looks different from Guangzhou. Guangzhou is more modern and Foshan is more
traditional. When we got to Foshan City, we first went to the Ancestral Temple.
There we learned more about local religion and enjoyed a kongfu history show.
Now we know more about the city and local people after visiting. Then we went
to the Nanfeng Kiln, where local people used to make pottery. It's really
amazing to see all the kilns and ancient villages and all kinds of different
pottery there. We have become pottery experts after our sight-seeing. In the
evening, the highlight came. We went on a Pearl River Boat Cruise for our
banquet. We had a great buffet dinner and enjoyed the beautiful night view
along the Pearl River. It was great!
Tomorrow, we will leave Guangzhou and fly to Xi'an, the ancient capital of
China. Really looking forward to it!"
7/11/2015 Saturday (12:30 PM Xi'an Time same day, 9:30 AM Seattle)
Peter (our outstanding Guangzhou guide) has sent us our daily update of the
day's activities. "Today was a long and exciting day! In the morning, we
learned Tai Chi! We followed the master and learned to do lots of movements and
enjoyed the knowledge and energy of the Tai Chi class. Then we left for Xi'an.
It's pretty different from Guangzhou. It's dry and sunny here. We felt very
comfortable. We visited the Ancient City Wall. It is gorgeous and we learned
more about people's lives and their work, who lived here 600 years ago. It was
really nice to feel the culture and see the relics. We really enjoyed this! For
supper, we tried the dumplings together with other local dishes. There were
more than 15 different kinds of dumplings with vivid shape and they were really
tasty. After the dinner, we watched the Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show. It
was also very impressive and China Style. All the movement and music was great.
It really felt like ancient China.
Tomorrow, we will visit the world famous Terra Cotta Warriors. It will be a
knowledgeable and exciting day!"
7/12/2015 Sunday (1:00 AM Xi'an Time next day, 10:00 AM Seattle)
Peter has kindly sent us this update of the day's activities: "We had another
wonderful day today. In the morning, we went to see the world-famous
Terra-Cotta Warriors. It was just great! We gained more knowledge about
Terra-Cotta Warriors there and learned many cool things. First we watched a
film about the history and learned the reason why they made the warriors. Then
we went to see the real ones. It is so amazing to see hundreds of different
warriors and learn relevant knowledge. There are three pits and we visited each
one by one. To finish, we went to the museum to see more relics found there.
They are so great especially considering the time when they were built. We
again had a Chinese lunch today and it was delicious as always. In the
afternoon, went to the Bell Tower. We also experienced the Chinese underpass.
The Bell Tower is full of history and has good views. Then we went to Muslim
Street to experience the local way of living and to find somethings we liked
and some interesting things as well. This was another good process of learning
and we all had a good time. It is interesting and beneficial to see the life of
people with a different religion. For supper, it was again a tasty Chinese
meal. We have had a good time all day.
Tomorrow, we will visit the Wild Goose Pagoda and the Xi'an Museum. We are also
so excited about that."
7/13/2015 Monday (11:00 PM Guangzhou Time same day, 8:00 AM Seattle)
Peter has sent an update of the days activities for our WCE Delegation. "We had
another full day today. We went to two Wild Goose Pagodas. The Big Wild Goose
Pagoda was the first destination. We had really good quality time there,
learning more history and stories about Xi'an City. We also learned the common
sense of Chinese calligraphy and how to write it. It was a very good lesson and
full of joy. Then we went to the Small Wild Goose Pagoda. We also visited Xi'an
Museum there. All the relics are cool and we gained more information about the
local people and their lives. We had a good time all day.
Tomorrow, we will visit Beijing, the capital of China. We are also so excited
7/14/2015 Tuesday (12:00 PM Beijing Time same day, 9:00 AM Seattle)
Peter (our exceptional guide) has sent us our daily update. "We had a great day
today! In the morning, we said goodbye to Xi'an and flew to Beijing. The flight
was smooth and we tried our first Beijing lunch after our arrival. It was good
and had more flavor, we all liked it a lot. Beijing, as the capital of China,
is just so big and so breath-taking. The weather here is great and the history
here is long and endless. In the afternoon, we visited the Summer Palace. It is
so large and the architecture is so awesome that we just didn't want to leave.
The buildings inside are all real Chinese style and the scenery is very
beautiful. We also took a boat cruise in the Palace's lake, Kunming Lake. It
was a good time and very enjoyable being out on the lake. We also had a special
dinner today. We had the famous Peking Duck for supper! It was so so delicious
and we all eat a lot. The other dishes served with it were also very good. We
had a long and colorful day today!
Tomorrow, we will go to conquer the Great Wall! We are all really excited about
7/15/2015 Wednesday (12:00 PM Beijing Time same day, 9:00 AM Seattle)
Peter has sent us another update from Beijing. "We had a wonderful and nice day
today! We went to the Great Wall in the morning. Chairman Mao said "He who
never climbs the Great Wall can't be called as a true hero", and we are heroes
today! The Great Wall is very steep and hard to climb but we all try our best
to get to where we can get. We've conquered the Great Wall! It was a really
interesting and healthy trip to visit the Great Wall. In the afternoon, we also
visited the Walk of the Spirits of the Ming Tomb. The architecture there is
great and grand. We had a good time there. We learned more history and stories
about past dynasties. In the evening, we went to watch an Acrobatics Show. It
was so amazing. All the movements and activities they performed are challenging
and exciting for people to enjoy. We all loved it!
Tomorrow, we will go to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. That will be
another wonderful trip!"
7/16/2015 Thursday (12:30 PM Beijing Time same day, 9:30 AM Seattle)
Peter has sent us our daily update. "We have had a really wonderful and full
day today. In the morning, the weather was nice and cool and we went to the
largest square in the world—Tiananmen Square. The buildings there are all
grand and we finally see what the "heart of China" looks like. All the
architecture there is worth seeing and enjoying and we know for sure what
"people mountain people sea" means. We also visited a World Cultural Heritage
Site - the Forbidden City. This is really a royal trip. It is educational and
enjoyable to see the place where emperors once lived. The buildings inside were
really impressive. Then we went on a Hutong Tour and took human-powered
vehicles to see the local people's everyday lives. It was really enjoyable,
interesting, and knowledgeable. Then came the highlight for many. We went to
the silk street market for shopping. We looked for what we were interested in
and bargained with salesmen. We really found some cool stuff there and we
really liked the experience. For supper, we went to a pizza buffet! It was the
same as and a little different from home. We and our stomach all have had a
good time. Last but not least, Lily had her first Chinese birthday here!
Tomorrow, we will pay a visit to the Bird's Nest and the Water Cube. Then, we
will be ready to go back home. We will be sorry to leave China. We hope we have
another chance to come back again someday!"
For Parents Meeting the Delegation tomorrow:
First check online at global.hnair.com
and check the Flight Status of Hainan Airlines Flight #495 (or call Hainan
Airlines at 1-888-688-8813) to make sure the flight is on time. The flight is
scheduled to arrive in Seattle at 11:35 AM. You can meet the delegation as
the walk up the stairs from the South Concourse. Remember they will need
45–60 minutes to clear US Immigrations and US Customs after their flight
If you receive an exciting email or picture from one of our delegation members, please forward the email or picture to the
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