2019 People-to-People China Trip
When visiting a different country for the first time, the first few hours can be a big culture shock. Even navigating the hotel can be an adventure! 2019 Honoree Kiietti shared a poetic reflection on her first few moments in China:
“1st time in China, 1st time in Beijing – Chronicles of the 5th floor Jiang Tai Beijing Hotel”
How to work the elevators – oh, yes, key card
Getting off the elevator – how to locate room (looking at schematic, … found it, yet still scratching head)
The lights inside the room don’t work or do they?? So, how to turn on the lights – again, key card
Evidently, heat is a flowing and guests are a sweating, and that’s a good thing, I guess, since it’s awww, cold
We’re in the Sylvester Stallone aka Rambo room w/ David Buie or Prince guitar memoriam with a clear view to the bathroom from the bedroom area, so…Very little privacy or we’ll all become a bit closer than usual if you catch my drift.
Ni hao, Zhongguo!! Xiexie in advance!!”
A part of what makes People-to-People exchanges so great is that they provide the opportunity to experience parts of a culture that we often only learn about in textbooks, firsthand. This was Victoria’s first trip to China and here’s what she had to say about her experience touring the Forbidden City:
“The Forbidden City was a very fun and interesting landmark to visit. The view was amazing, and I got to take a lot of great pictures. I really enjoyed the tour because I got to learn a lot more about Chinese history and culture. Overall, it was a fantastic experience that I will always cherish.”
2019 People-to-People China Trip update: A few days ago, our participants had the opportunity to experience a traditional Chinese Tea ceremony. Here’s what one of our honorees had to say:
“The tea ceremony showed such a commitment to respect and tradition, both of which have kept tea a tremendous lifestyle of honor, values, remembrance, and appreciation. It’s not just tea; it’s a process and one that’s incredible, filled with awe, beauty and of love.”
During the Trip, participants were given the opportunity to Visit Changsha’s No. 1 High School. They were able to attend a class, practice their Chinese, and experience firsthand the differences between classrooms in the U.S. and China. Here’s what Dennis had to say:
The Chinese class was equally moving, at least for me. At one point in the class, the youngish teacher displayed on the white board a Chinese poem about the loss of loved ones, which he then read aloud, conveying the profound emotion contained in the verses in a performance equal, in my view, of the finest Shakespearean actors. Later in the class the teacher led us in an analysis of selected Chinese characters, then gave a quiz, asking us to analyze three characters on our own. With the help of the students seated next to me, and using Pleco, we successfully deciphered the elements of two of the three characters, but had insufficient time to tackle the third. (Would I ever pass a 10th grade test in China on the origin of Chinese characters?)
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