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2015 WCE China Summer Trip Report

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 trip.

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 that!"

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 about that."

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 it!"

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 arrives.

WCE Reminder:

If you receive an exciting email or picture from one of our delegation members, please forward the email or picture to the Washington Cultural Exchange Office and we will post it! Our email address is start@wce.org.