As stated earlier in Part#1, there were multiple simultaneous trips, and this group consists of WKU Alumni/Donor trip, consisting of 22 individuals starting an adventure of their own. The planning for this trip started one year ago, just like the student tour organized by Ms. Tracy Morrison, and led by Mr. Terrill Martin of the Confucius Institute for the planning and management. The 22 person group consisted of Janice Aaron, Henry Baughman, Paula Carver, Margaret Huddleston, Elizabeth Shoenfelt, Ted Cudnick, Dr. David Lee, Laura Lee, Susan Scott, Betty Yu, Stacey Biggs, Raymond & Joyce Cloutier, Kathy Grumbeck, Evell Coomer, Andrew McMichael, Lynn O’Keefe, William Moore, Mary Kelly Lee, Susan Cook, Diana Brown, and Carlene Adams. The alumni/donors set flight on May 12, 2013 for a tour of Beijing, Shanghai, Baoding, and Xi’an. They arrived into mighty Beijing on Monday, May 13, 2013, as the exhausted group settled into their hotels, the very next morning, their first adventure was to scale the mighty Great Wall (Mutianyu Section). The evening ended with a traditional Peking Duck dinner, with special surprise guests Dr. & Mrs. Gary & Julie Ransdell as they welcomed the group to China.
May 15, 2013 didn’t let up for the group as they visited the historic sites of Tian’amen Square, The Forbidden City, and the Temple of Heaven. The evening was capped off with the first of four Symphony at WKU performances. The group showed their support at the grand performance on the campus of North china Electric Power University (Beijing)
May 16th, saw the delegation depart from Beijing on a two night excursion in beautiful Shanghai, via the high speed bullet train. Once settled in, the group headed downtown Shanghai to see the famous Shanghai Acrobats take center stage for a 90 minute performance full of mind blowing tricks, precise balance, and accuracy. While in Shanghai sites included a trip to the Jade Buddha Temple, silk weaving worship, Shanghai Museum, and time to shop at the local market. On May 18th, the delegation returned to Beijing to get ready for the 3rd and 4th performances in Baoding, China, which is approximately 2 hours south of Beijing.
The delegation departed on May 19 to Baoding, and instantly went to the historic Baiyangdian Lake where the group traveled by boat across a lake to see the lotus park. On May 20th, the delegation visited the West Qing Tombs, and capped the day with the 3rd performance on the lovely campus of Hebei University.
Next, the final performance commenced, which ended on the campus of North China Electric Power University’s Baoding campus. Dean David Lee welcomed the packed crowd of approximately 1,000 students, faculty and community members to the final performance by the Symphony at WKU. Again, in typical fashion, the night was capped off with “ENCORE” chant, and again, the orchestra complied with the request from the capacity crowd.
The delegation traveled back to the Beijing airport and set flight for a three night, four day trip to beautiful Xi’an (Shaanxi Province), the home of the Terracotta Warriors. This leg of the trip included a tour of the Terracotta Warrior Museum, Pottery workshop, Muslim Quarters, and enjoyed a first class farewell dinner with both the students and alumni groups. The farewell performance included a special “Face Changing” performance.