Sunday, December 2, 2012

China - Final Thoughts

The North Carolina Education Delegation experienced a meaningful journey as participants learned about the Chinese culture, landscape, educational philosophies and organizational structures, and gracious people. Edgecombe Community College, in particular, has numerous opportunities to partner with Chinese educational institutions of all types.  Sharing teaching/learning practices, participating in short-term faculty and student exchanges, and sharing in professional development for faculty and staff are only a few of the ways that we can collaborate. Edgecombe looks forward to further developing its relationship with the Global Classroom Alliance and other educational partners.

Zhu ni zou yun (I wish you good luck) and Zai jian (Goodbye).

Visiting Area Schools

The photo captures discussions with the Beijing Foreign
Studies University. The university has trained over 200 Ambassadors,
with the university offering over 60 languages. The university is known
world wide for its language training and for its successful graduates.

The delegation visited the Tongwen high school affiliated with
the Beijing Foreign Studies University.

The delegation visited the Changping No. 1 High School
and talked with students.  These students in the photo were interested
in learning more about Edgecombe Community College.
Both were most concerned about the air quality in Edgecombe County,
and they were also interested in whether Tarboro had opera for entertainment.

These special high school students were interested in studying in the United States.

High School students entertained the delegation at dinner.

The students, below, joined me at the table for dinner.  The students
had selected American names by which they introduced themselves.
They enjoyed listening to pop artists Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga.

Charlie Harrell is shown surrounded by students enjoying their
opportunity to speak English with him and with the other delegation members.

The Great Wall

The delegation visited the Mutianyu Great Wall with students as our escorts.

Charlie Harrell with Jason, his student
escort, at the Great Wall.

Deborah Lamm is standing with her student escort near
the entrance of the Great Wall.

The Mutianyu Great Wall with smog hovering over the mountains.

The air quality is more apparent in this photo at the Great Wall.

The attractive structures on the mountainside leading to the Wall.

Sightseers along the path of the Great Wall.

The magnitude of the wall along the top of the mountains
can be seen in the photo below.

The photo is taken after a climb to a higher section of the wall. 

Charlie Harrell is shown descending the steep steps from one of
the highest sections of the Mutianyu Wall.

Rocky Mount Mayor David Combs returns from climbing one of
the steepest sections of the wall.

Scenes from Beijing

Friday, November 2, 2012.  Life in Beijing.

Heavy traffic in the large cities, such as Beijing.

Remnants of the "old China."

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Shanghai to Beijing

Thursday, November 1, 2012.  Flying from Shanghai to Beijing, the delegation gathered in the airport.  Representatives from the Global Classroom Alliance on the left and in the middle and a representative from Meredith College on the right.

The Combs preparing for the flight.

Representatives from ECU traveling with the delegation.

Representatives from NC Wesleyan College and Methodist University are waiting to board.

President Jim Gray, NC Wesleyan, is ready to board the aircraft.

Dinner and Gifts

Wednesday, October 31, 2012.  Dinner with entrepreneurs in Shanghai.
Shown is Charlie Harrell.

Dinner with entrepreneurs.  Shown is Rep. Joe Tolson, Janice Tolson,
Catherine Combs, and Mayor David Combs.

Deborah Lamm is accepting a gift from a well-known calligrapher (left) in Shanghai.
The calligraphy means "Have good luck or good fortune."

Luncheon with Shanghai Communication University Partners

Luncheon celebrating the visit to Shanghai Communication University.

Luncheon with our partners from Shanghai Communication University. 

Another photo of the luncheon celebrating the partnership.

Scenes from Shanghai

Wednesday, October 31, 2012.  The Chinese were taking pictures of the delegation as we walked through the market.

Scenic view of Shanghai.

Famous architecture of "old China" in Shanghai.

River in Shanghai.

River boat in Shanghai.

Housing on the Shanghai University campus.

Bird eggs cooked in a hot shell.  Available on the street from food vendors.

Food prepared by street vendors--baby chickens on sticks and livers on sticks.

Local Cuisine and Sights

Monday, October 29, 2012.  The delegation attended a luncheon in Hangzhou to celebrate the signing of the MOU with Zhejiang University. Seated to the left is Bill Allen of NC Wesleyan, and Charlie Harrell and Deborah Lamm of ECC.

Chicken cooked in a lotus leaf is a popular dish shown in the photo below. Other ways chicken is prepared is in a stew or soup. The cleaned (but boned) body of the chicken is chopped into small pieces, dropped in boiling water to cook, along with the head, legs, and feet.  Fried chicken feet,  goat meat, and beef tongue are served as well.  

Chinese food in China is very different from Chinese food in America. Typically all parts of the animal or fowl are cooked and served. Duck, in the photo below, is served with the head and legs and feet on the platter. Prawns (like shrimp) were served with the head, legs, tail, and shell. Most people ate the prawns in their entirety while others peeled them and only ate the body. Fish was cooked and served with the head attached. Often fish stomach was lightly fried and eaten as a separate dish. Sushi was popular as was fresh fruit. Wine, beer, and bottled water were beverage choices. Soft drinks were sometimes served, upon request.

The entire NC Delegation is taking a walking tour of one area in Shanghai.

West Lake in Hangzhou, China

Memorandum of Understanding

Monday, October 29, 2012. The delegation visited Hangzhou Xiaoshan No. 6 High School.
In the photo above are representatives from Methodist University, NC Wesleyan College,
East Carolina University, and Western Carolina University.

The delegation is gathering before the signing ceremony with the No. 6 high school.

The Global Classroom Alliance and the Hangzhou No. 6 High School representatives are preparing to sign a Memorandum of Understanding. Shown in the photo are Charlie Harrell and Joe Tolson.

ZheJiang University and the Global Classroom Alliance signed a MOU in Hangzhou, China.
Standing in the photo is Rep. Joe Tolson.

Mission Hill Resort

Sunday, October 28, 2012.  The typhoon in the South China Sea created heavy winds and rain in Hainan. Half of the delegation remained another day on the island because of the storm.
 In heavy rains we visited the Mission Hill Resort, the largest golf course resort in the world.

The Blackstone Golf Course is the most famous of the 10 golf courses
at the Mission Hill Resort.

The photo shows another view of the Mission Hill Resort, despite bad weather.