Tuesday, October 30, 2012

More Images from China

Men fishing and shrimping on the river in Fuzhou.

Fuzhou, China. Shown left to right, Charlie Harrell, Deborah Lamm, Janice Tolson,
Shi Juin Naour (Classroom Alliance Director), Katherine Combs, and David Combs

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Images from China

Breakfast meeting with representatives from the Ministry of Education
on Thursday, October 25, 2012.

Signing of the Memo of Understanding between China's Ministry of Education and the Global Classroom Alliance on Thursday, October 25, 2012.
Representative Joe Tolson is shown at right.

Charlie Harrell and Janice Tolson enjoy refreshments at Fuzhou Technical College in Fuzhou, China on Thursday, October 25, 2012.  The delegation was met by students and staff as we drove up to the college.  Large bouquets of fresh flowers were given to each delegation member and we were escorted around campus, with a staff member or student escorting each member.  Students majoring in tourism dressed in native attire to greet and assist us at various locations on the tour.  We were treated like royalty.  Discussions on partnerships followed our campus tour.  Members of the government/party were present at the meeting.
Fuzhou River Walk on the Min River, Friday, October 26, 2012.

Skyline of the "new" China, much of it constructed since 1990.
Friday, October 26, 2012

A worker is cleaning the River Walk Park with a broom made of
a bamboo handle joined to a bush limb.  Friday, October 26, 2012

Friday, October 26, 2012

China - First Impressions

The fifteen member delegation from North Carolina left for China on October 23 from RDU. The flight was 2 hours to Detroit and then 15 to Shanghai. We arrived at 7 p.m. on October 24. The 30 million people who reside in Shanghai live in high rise apts., spaced very close together, and fill the streets all day and evening. Residents walk, ride bikes, and ride mopeds in mass. So many autos line the roads, bumper to bumper, that there don't appear to be any "rules of the road." It's every man, woman, and child for himself or herself.

Internet access is limited--though hotels might have access, the Internet is slow and time sensitive. Tonight is my first chance to blog and it, too, will be short.

I am just before boarding a flight from Fuzhou to Hainan at 6:45 p.m.

Maybe tomorrow I can have more time to write.

Until then, so long.