Friday, May 22, 2015 – Katie Louthan
Today in Hong Kong, full of making memories. I personally had the opportunity to share a devotional this morning that was based on Prov. 3:13 and wisdom. After breakfast and the devotional, we were able to relax for a little while, which was much needed after the long day walking around yesterday at the U.S. Consulate and Hong Kong University. About seven of us then visited the Flower Market, which was full of absolutely beautiful bouquets and exotic flowers. The lilies were so large and open; overall, the flowers were very bright and just magnificent. We then walked to the Bird Market, where we saw many species of birds that were all different colors and sizes in beautiful cages. Everything here is in large quantities and there are always so many options of products in all the markets and restaurants.
For lunch we were able to have some delicious , exotic fruits; the Asian pear I ate today was one of the best I have ever had.
This afternoon was my favorite meeting since we’ve been here — an awesome lady named Nicole Malosi came and spoke to us. An American, she has an awesome job in finance and business development for the DFS Division of LVMH (Louis Vuitton-Moet-Hennessey) and now lives in Hong Kong with her husband and son, while being able to travel and develop stores throughout the world. She is definitely someone I aspire to be like in life someday; thus it was such an incredible company and person to learn about.
This evening we were able to go to a really neat dim sum restaurant and they had a large selection of food in bamboo baskets there. The few things I did try I was not too fond of, but at least I tried them. I was not up for eating chicken feet, but quite a few of my brave peers (five men and one woman) did eat the chicken feet, and it was quite an experience just watching them. Overall, today was incredible and we are truly living the dream.
Mollie Bailey –
What a ride this trip to China has been. We have made it through the hot and humid weather, “angry rain”, and even been the closest I’ve ever been to a lightning strike. Past just the weather conditions, we have been able to meet many extremely loving and caring people who have taken us in and helped the “crazy (loud) Americans” get around town in mostly Chinese speaking areas (as expected of course). We have also gotten to see how different businesses and universities are run such as a very prestigious university (Hong Kong University), a very successful port along with the largest ship in the world (Yantien Port in Shenzhen), and also an international university (Guandong University of Foreign Studies).
This morning, we made our way over to Guandong University of Foreign Studies to meet with the dean of international studies. He gave us an in-depth history of China dating back to the dynastic rule from over 3,000 years ago. He explained the three stages of government that China has faced. These stages entail 3,000 years of feudal rule (dynastic age), on to 39 years of a democracy — all leading up to socialism with Chinese characteristics which brings us to China’s current system. He then explained the poverty of alleviation system which requires organizations all over China to help build up the less privileged villages that are close in distance so that China can become a middle class economy. The dean also stressed how there are many improvements that the Chinese Government is wanting to make, such as an improved environment (air pollution), anti-corruption efforts against government officials’ excesses in lifestyle spending, public education (providing enough education to the masses), and hospital services. China has made large strides in these improvements but still has a long way to go. To say the least, this talk was very interesting to all.
After that meeting, we went to lunch in a canteen with one of the Chinese students named “Kyrie.” It was a madhouse since we could not speak Chinese, but Kyrie graciously helped us out and everybody was satisfied. For the rest of the day we were able to meet and interact with more Chinese students as well as being able to chat and share another meal with them. They spoke English very well and it was interesting to hear about what their lives are like in China. This trip has been extremely enriching so far as we have been able to soak up a lot of information from experiencing everything first-hand. The things I learn here will be lifelong lessons and knowledge because we are embarking on once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. I have loved the trip thus far and cannot wait to see what else is in store for us.
Brianna Rolan –
The day started bright and early for the students of CCU, but as we awoke into this new city of Guangzhou. Even though our days were mixed up, we managed to remember that it was Sunday and were heading to church with the local contact. The service we happened to be going to was given in English, but attended by both Chinese Christians and Westerners (which is very unusual in China for those groups to worship together). The service began with the elder members giving an update on the local giving of the church members to another church in Africa that had recently lost their entire building. It was amazing to see a group of people, who by American standards have very little. However, these people believed that God had still given them more than was needed for their own comfort. The pastor then gave the sermon on “Business Is a Mission”. What a perfect sermon for all of us students here in China for the very purpose of understanding global business.
After church, we went to lunch with the congregation, to a place known as ‘The Fountains’. We ate such an amazing lunch, played games, and spent time as a community of Christ. The church body within China is refreshing in spending time with these friendly people. At one point, I was between a woman from Mexico and a Chinese woman trying to bridge the gap, but still carrying on a conversation. From The Fountains, we spent some time shopping and talking with students from the International University at Guangzhou University of Foreign Studies. We finished off the night with a ride on the ferry the Pearl River to see the city lights. It was beautiful, but it quickly made us realize how bad the air quality really was within this city. As the famous tower just a mile ahead was barely visible even with the lights. Even with the air conditions, China is turning into more and more of an adventure as we move forward.
Thank you – Brianna Rolan
Author – Amy Smith
Date – May 24, 2015
After 3 days in Hong Kong, we finally headed to mainland China this morning at the early hours of 6:30am! However, personally I am bummed to leave Hong Kong. It is absolutely amazing and beautiful and there is so much to do and see there. It is surprisingly very clean, and there is a major variety of nationalities there.
Our day started out very fast pace but also as smooth as it could go. We unfortunately we were unable to see Corning Glass Company, but after a long morning of traveling and luggage hauling we made it to the Yantian International Container Terminal in Shenzhen. This place is one of the top shipping ports next to Singapore and absolutely massive! We were able to see the largest ship in the world (400 meters long) and take a tour of the port that is about 500 football fields in total area. If it wasn’t raining, we would have been able to see the beautiful view of the mountains.
On our way to Guangzhou, we stopped at our first authentic meal in China…..KFC. We were surprised, too. The ice cream was delicious, and the guys seemed to enjoy the chicken and fries; however when they say BBQ, it is not real BBQ sauce like you would find in America. We also got to experience real Chinese “toilets” or lack of toilets I should say.
Tonight we made it to the University in Guangzhou where there was an amazing and delicious banquet held for us, with many Chinese dishes. We were able to meet many students from the University and interact with them, and then just hangout afterwords at a small local spot! The traveling is a little stressful with a big group but so far everything has gone pretty smoothly, and I love seeing more and more new places each day(: