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.

Education Leaders Make Presentations

Saturday, October 27, 2012.  Bill Allen, Vice President of Enrollment Management at NC Wesleyan, is making a presentation at Hainan Higher Education Mega Center in Hainan. All university officials made presentations to high school and college students in an effort to recruit international students. I promoted ECC and the community college concept. A luncheon and tour of the university followed the morning presentations.