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2015 December: WCE China Softball Trip Report

WCE will post emails and pictures from the 2015 December WCE China Softball Trip while the trip is in progress! Please encourage your family and friends to view the WCE web site and follow the trip!!

2015 WCE China Softball Trip

12/26/2015 Saturday (Seattle) Our 21 member WCE China Softball Delegation lead by Coach KT Allyn (WCE Board Member/former Marysville-Pilchuck HS Coach) and Coach Dani Weir (Woodinville HS) departed from Seattle, will transfer planes in Beijing, and arrive in Guangzhou for their tour of China. The Softball Delegation will visit Guangzhou and Beijing, China. The Guangdong Softball Federation will host Softball Competition for our WCE team in Guangzhou, China. Pictures and emails will be posted on this page during the trip!

12/27/2015 Sunday (1:30 AM next day, 9:30 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 traveling by bus to The China Hotel where they will check in and get a well-deserved night's rest. Tomorrow morning after an outstanding buffet breakfast the group will visit Guangxiao Temple and the Chen Clan Temple. Then after lunch in the afternoon they will visit the Guangzhou Sports Training and Technical College for a campus tour to view demonstrations in multiple sports followed by a buffet dinner at the sports school with the athletes. Encourage family and friends to view this web site for daily updates and pictures!

Jessica has sent a picture she took of the Softball Delegation at the Guangzhou Airport upon their arrival.

12/28/2015 Monday (11:59 PM Guangzhou Time same day 7:59 AM Seattle Time) We have received an update from Peter (our outstanding Guangzhou guide) about our WCE Softball delegation's first day in Guangzhou. "Today was a full, happy and exciting day! In the morning, we went to the Chen Clan Academy, which is also the Folk Art Museum. The sculptures and carvings there are really vivid and we learned a lot about the architecture culture. We also enjoyed a lion dancing show there and it was a great experience. Then, we went to the Guangxiao Temple. For most of us, this is the first Buddhist temple we've been in. The temple is great and the knowledge we get there is very interesting. For lunch, we've tried our first Chinese meal and it was really delicious and it was an interesting way to eat with chopsticks. In the afternoon, we went to the Guangzhou Sports Training and Technical College. We visited the campus and watched the training of the Chinese students and athletes. They really work hard and impressed us a lot. We also participated in ping pong and the friendship match went on well as the friendship will go on. We had a buffet dinner at the college and the food was good, as well as the talk with future champions. Tomorrow, we will visit Guangzhou No.2 Kindergarten and have our first softball game. We are looking forward to it!"

We also received the following pictures from Peter:

12/29/2015 Tuesday (12:00 PM Guangzhou Time, 8:00 AM Seattle Time) Our wonderful guide Peter has updated us on the day's activities. "We had a wonderful day today and we were communicating with the local Softball players and kids all day. That's a really good way to learn more about China and Chinese culture. In the morning, we went to the Guangzhou No.2 Kindergarten. The kids were so cute and we really had a good time having class and playing games together with them! When it was time to leave, it was really hard to say goodbye to all the lovely kids there. We then went to Dr. Sun Yat-sen's Memorial Hall. We learned more about the founding father of modern China and the history at that time. The architecture there was just great. In the afternoon, we played a Softball game against the Nanfang Team. It was really fun and we all enjoyed ourselves! After the game, we felt we had made some friends in China! For dinner, we've tried Dim-Sum. It is served in small but nice portions and we tried many different kinds of Dim-Sum. It is something you must try in China! Then we went to enjoy the beautiful evening view in Lichi Bay Park. Tomorrow, we will tour with local students!"

12/30/2015 Wednesday (12:00 PM Guangzhou Time, same day 8:00 AM Seattle Time) Peter has sent another update from the day's activities. "Today was a long and exciting day! In the morning, we learned Tai Chi! We followed the master to do lots of movements and enjoy the knowledge and energy in the Tai Chi class. Then we went to Haixinsha Square (The Opening Ceremony Pavilion of the 16th Asian Games). We saw lots of modern buildings there, like the third tallest building in the world - the new Guangzhou TV Tower, the new library, the new Music Hall and so on. Then we went to the Guangdong Museum. It is very large and full of relics from Guangdong Province. This was a really good chance for our group to learn more about the history, environment, and the culture here. For lunch, we had Cantonese food which was really delicious. In the afternoon, we went to Xiguan Foreign Language School for a visit. We toured around the campus with the Chinese students and then we traveled together to visit the Five Ram Statue and the Guangzhou Museum. We learned even more about Guangzhou from these visits. Then we went shopping! We went to the Up-and-Down Nine Pedestrian Street and shopped with the Chinese students' help. It is interesting and great fun! For dinner, we had another delicious meal at Lianxianglou Restaurant. The Cantonese dishes were really impressive. We communicated, exchanged, and we became friends. Then we had to say goodbye to our new Chinese friends and we already begin to miss them! We want to be sure to stay in touch! Tomorrow, we will play two softball games! We can't help thinking about it!"

12/31/2015 Thursday (12:00 PM Guangzhou Time, same day 8:00 AM Seattle Time) Peter (our Guangzhou guide) has sent the following update from the day's activities. "We had a great time all day. In the morning, we went to the Olympic Training Center where the Asian Games were held to play softball with local teams. We had two games with the local softball teams and we all enjoy the games. After the games, we all know each other better and become friends. For lunch, we tried dumplings. It's was really tasty. In the evening, we went on a Pearl River Boat Cruise for our last evening in Guangzhou banquet. We had a great buffet dinner and enjoyed the beautiful night view along the Pearl River. It's so so good. The scenery is very breath-taking and we all had a good time! Tomorrow, we will say goodbye to Guangzhou and leave for Beijing!"

1/1/2016 Friday (12:00 PM Guangzhou Time, same day 8:00 AM Seattle Time) Peter (our outstanding from Guangzhou) traveled with the group from Guangzhou to Beijing and has sent this update from the day's activities. "We have had a great day today! In the morning, we said goodbye to Guangzhou and flew to Beijing. The flight was smooth. Beijing, the capital of China, is big and there are many things to see. 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 don't want to leave. The buildings inside are really Chinese style and the scenery is very beautiful. In the evening, we tried our first Beijing dinner. It was good and had more flavor. We all liked it. Last but not least, today was Kellie's birthday. We celebrated her birthday in Beijing, China and it was really special! We have had a long and colorful day today! Tomorrow, we will go to see the Forbidden City! Can't wait!"

1/2/2016 Saturday (12:00 PM Guangzhou Time, same day 8:00 AM Seattle Time) Peter sent us the following update from the day's activities: "We 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 - Tian An Men 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 the World Cultural Heritage Site - The Forbidden City. This is really a royal trip! It was educational and enjoyable to see the place where emperors lived. The buildings inside are really impressive. In the afternoon, we went to Temple of Heaven. It's was another Chinese culture experience for us. The buildings inside are really Chinese style and the scenery is so beautiful. In the evening, we went to watch the Acrobatics Show. It was so amazing. All the movements and activities they perform are challenging and exciting for people to enjoy. We all loved it! 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 have had a long and colorful day today! Tomorrow, we will conquer the Great Wall! We are really excited about it!"

1/3/2016 Sunday (12:30 PM Guangzhou Time, next day 8:30 AM Seattle Time) Peter has sent us our daily update. "We have 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! This is a really interesting and healthy trip to visit the Great Wall. In the afternoon, we visited the Walk of the Spirits of the Ming Tomb. The architecture there is great and grand. We had a good time there and we learned more history and stories about the past dynasties. Then came another highlight. We went to the silk street market for shopping. We looked for what we are interested in and bargained with salesmen. We really found some cool things there and we really liked the experience there. Tomorrow, we will pay a visit to the Bird's Nest and Water Cube. Then, we will fly back home. The delegation will be sorry to leave China. Hope everyone has another chance to come back again!"

For Parents meeting the Delegation tomorrow: First check online at hainanairlines.com to see the flight status of Hainan Airlines Flight #495 (or call Hainan Airlines at 1-888-688-8813) and make sure the flight is on time. The flight is scheduled to arrive in Seattle at 10:30 AM. You can meet the Delegation at the walk up the stairs from the South Concourse. Remember that they will need 45-60 minutes to clear US Immigrations and Customs after their flight arrives.

1/4/2016 Monday (12:30 PM Guangzhou Time, next day 9:30 AM Seattle Time) Peter has sent us our final update from Beijing. "Today, we had a happy day! In the morning, we went to visit The Bird's Nest and the Water Cube. The buildings there are great and grand. Then after our last lunch China it was time to head home. The group will be back home in ten hours! The whole trip is great experience and everyone will really miss China!"

Peter also sent 4 photos from the groups last day in China.