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2014 December: WCE China Softball Trip Report

2014 WCE China Softball Trip

12/27/2014 Saturday (Seattle) Our 31 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 two WCE teams in Guangzhou, China. Pictures and emails will be posted on this page during the trip!

12/28/2014 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 are gathering their luggage and will travel 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 a Hot Pot 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.

12/29/2014 Monday (11:59 PM Guangzhou Time same day, 7:59 AM Seattle Time) We have received an update from Eva (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 and culture. Then, we went to the Guangxiao Temple. For most of us, this is the first Buddhist temple we have been in. The temple is great and we gain some interesting knowledge there. For lunch, we've tried our first Chinese meal and it is special - Hot Pot! For our Hot Pot lunches we each put all the ingredients in our own pot and cooked them with the soup. It was really delicious and it's an interesting way to eat. 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 they impressed us a lot! We also participated in pingpong and basketball and the friendship matches went very well. We had a buffet dinner at the college and the food was good, as well as the talk with future champions. The group also helped Maddie celebrate her 16th birthday. Tomorrow, we will visit Guangzhou No.2 Kindergarten and have our first Softball game. We are looking forward to it!"

We have also received the following pictures from Eva:

12/30/14 Tuesday (12:00 PM Guangzhou Time and 8:00 AM Seattle Time) We have received two emails from China. Jessica (our wonderful tour manager) sent Softball photos from the games and commented "You have two very good teams. Both of the WCE Teams won their games today." Eva (our wonderful guide) also sent an update. "We had a wonderful day today and we were communicating with the local Softball players and kids all day. It is 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 are so cute and we really had a good time having class together with them. In the afternoon, we played Softball with the local students. It was really fun and we all enjoyed ourselves! After the game, we have already made some new friends. For dinner, we tried local food and it was delicious. Tomorrow, we will have more games with the local Softball players!"

12/31/2014 Wednesday (12:00 PM Guangzhou Time and 8:00 AM Seattle Time) Eva (our great guide in Guangzhou) has sent another update. "We had another full and happy day today. In the morning, we went to the Olympic Training Center where the Asian Games are held to play softball with local teams. The weather was nice, the facilities are nice and most importantly, the players are nice! We had a great time together. After the games, we communicated and exchanged with the local players and we all treasured the time together. For dinner, we had dim-sum, they are so good looking and tasty. We all love them! After dinner, we went to visit Lichi Bay Park, the scenery there is splendid. Tomorrow we will travel with the local students all day!"

Jessica (our wonderful tour manager) also sent an update on the Softball competition. "There were very good games today against the Guangdong team even though both WCE teams lost. The head coach of the Guangdong team Ms. Zhang (she is the one in the red shirt) is the coach of the pitcher of our national team! Pictures and a wonderful friendship exchange made everyone feel like stars! Everyone had fun today!"

1/1/2015 Thursday (12:00 PM Guangzhou Time and 8:00 AM Seattle Time) Eva (our excellent guide in Guangzhou) has sent us another daily update. "We've had an unforgettable day today touring with the local students all day long. We talked a lot and communicated very well. We all became good friends before we had to say goodbye. In the morning we went to Haixinsha Square which was built as the opening ceremony pavilion of the 16th Asian Games. We saw lots of modern building there, like the third tallest in the world — the new Guangzhou TV Tower, the new library, the new Music Hall, etc. 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 everyone to learn more about the history, the environment and the culture here. For lunch we had Cantonese food with the local students. It was a delicious meal at the Lianxianglou Restaurant. The Cantonese dishes were really impressive. Then we went shopping together! We went to the Up-and-Down Nine Street pedestrian street where the Chinese students helped us shop. It was interesting and fun! After that we went to visit the Five Ram Statue and the Guangzhou Museum together. We learned even more about Guangzhou visiting these sights. After a wonderful day together it was time to say goodbye to our local friends who we will miss very much! On our last evening in Guangzhou our delegation got dressed up and went on an evening dinner cruise on the Pearl River. Tomorrow we will have a Tai Chi lesson in the morning and then fly to Beijing!"

1/2/2015 Friday (12:00 PM Beijing Time and 8:00 AM Seattle Time) Eva (our outstanding Guangzhou guide) has traveled with the Softball Delegation to Beijing and sent us the following daily update. "In the morning we had a Tai Chi lesson from Master Chan who is really good at Tai Chi. All the movements and skills are so cool and everybody liked it very much. After a big breakfast, we left Guangzhou and headed for China's capital, Beijing. The flight to Beijing was smooth and we got to Beijing safe and sound. For our first dinner in Beijing, we had the famous Peking Duck for supper! It was so delicious and we all ate a lot. The other dishes served together with the duck were also very good. We had a colorful day today! Tomorrow, we will go to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. We are looking forward to it."

1/3/2015 Saturday (12:00 PM Beijing Time and 8:00 AM Seattle Time) Eva, our excellent guide from Guangzhou who is with the Softball Delegation in Beijing, has sent us a daily update from the days activities. "We had a wonderful full day today. Even though it was very cold, everybody enjoyed the day very much. In the morning we went to one of the largest squares in the world, Tiananmen Square. The buildings there are all grand and served as the main entrance to the Imperial City. After that we toured the Forbidden City. It is the largest and most well preserved imperial residence in China today. It is listed as head of the world's top five palaces! The Forbidden City was built beginning in 1406 and it took 14 years to build. After lunch we went to see the Temple of Heaven. In the evening we enjoyed a Chinese Acrobatics Show. It was so amazing! All the activities they perform are challenging and exciting for people to watch. After the Chinese Acrobatics Show we paid a visit to the Bird's Nest and the Water Cube, built for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The lights were all on and it was just beautiful! Tomorrow we will go to the Great Wall. It will be another full day for us."

1/4/2015 Sunday (12:00 PM Beijing Time and 8:00 AM Seattle Time) Eva, our outstanding guide, has once again sent as an update. "Today, we had a good and full day! We went to the Great Wall in the morning. We were very lucky because today was sunny and the sky was blue all the time. As one of the Eight Wonders in the world, the Great Wall of China has become the symbol of the Chinese nation and its culture. The Great Wall is very steep and hard to climb but we all try our best to get to where we can get. We had a Chinese lunch again and it was delicious as always. In the afternoon we visited the Walk of the Spirits of the Ming Tombs. 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 when we went to the silk market for shopping! We looked for what we are interested in and had fun bargaining with salesmen. In the evening we had a Pizza Buffet dinner. We all enjoyed ourselves! Tomorrow, we will go to see the Summer Palace, and then it will be time for us to head back home."

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. You can meet the delegation at International Baggage #1 or as they 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.

1/5/2015 Monday (11:00 PM Beijing Time and 7:00 AM Seattle Time) Eva (our wonderful guide from Guangzhou who traveled with the group to Beijing) has sent us our final update of the group's activities in Beijing before they headed home. "We had a wonderful and nice day today! In the morning, we visited the Summer Palace. It is so large and the architecture is so awesome that we just didn't want to leave! We met a retired man there who was an artist and made water paintings. This was beside Kunming Lake which is next to the Summer Palace. He was really amazing and he drew a picture of Phoebe, KT's daughter, on the ground for us. We also paid a visit to a local supermarket and took a look at the local people's way of living. That was very interesting. By now, we are already in the plane. We have had a wonderful visit to China and now we will be back home soon!"


WCE 2014 China Softball Team

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