Monthly Archives: June 2015

Weston Leake blog – June 2

Weston Leake – June 2nd
–Today we woke up on the overnight train from Shanghai to Beijing. As we all headed to breakfast at 7:30 for our daily devotional and breakfast when we quickly saw that this would not be happening as the dining car was already occupied by other members from the train, who decided to sleep there. We decided that we would postpone our devotional and breakfast till later in the day.
When we arrived in Beijing it was 9:15 in the morning where we were greeted by Dr. Usrey’s old friend Michael who had the Chinese McDonald’s version of a breakfast sandwich, hash browns, and Cokes. As we stood outside of the train station we proudly enjoyed our McDonald’s breakfast which was apparently fulfilling the American stereotype.
Shortly after we boarded a bus that would take us to the village outside of Bejing where we would be spending the day. We arrived at Beiyue Temple which is located in Quyang County and is used by the emperor to make a sacrifice on behalf of all of the people of China once per year to one of the five mountain gods. Next, we visited a porcelain shop in the local area that is known for its historic, several hundred years, quality artwork and crafting. Our next stop was Qian Ren Sculpture Engineering where we toured their gallery of look at marble statues and other sculptures, again well-known over centuries in China.  The prices on large marble statues, was very competitive (about $1000 for multiple colored marble statues over six feet tall).  Joe Maroney is tasked with helping to fine export markets for this company.
To finish the day we headed to our hotel in Beijing and grabbed a bite to eat at a nearby noodle restraunt.
Weston Leake


Ben Lindgren’s post – 5/29

5/29 Day 10

– We lost Nick on Day 8 and he still hasn’t shown up at a restaurant, refusing to leave having found his own type of heaven. Here’s hoping he’s only stranded in Guangzhou surviving off rice and noodles and not in prison. We started off the day bright and early waking up at 5:00 am for our first activity. We headed on a 3-hour bus ride to Hangzhou to do a tour of a newspaper company. Charles is the editorial editor and was a former student of Dr. Usrey. We got a tour of the building and a chance to ask the editor-in-chief questions about newspapers in China and the future of the business. After the tour, the editor and chief honored us with a banquet at a local restaurant. Following lunch we headed to West Lake, which is the largest natural and most popular lake in China, next to the old capital of China, to take some pictures. This area is also known as “Heaven on Earth” – very beautiful.

Next, we hopped back on the bus for a 2.5 hour bus ride to Suzhou. We had a very interesting tour of a silk factory. We got to touch the silk worms and experience how the silk products were made, followed by shopping for fine silk products. I lost track of time and the girls had to drag me out of there after I snagged some great deals. Who knew shopping could be so much fun! For dinner we went to another nice restaurant where we got to try some exotic foods. We ended the day with a 2-hour bus ride home through heavy Shanghai traffic, but got to see huge buildings lit up at night. Overall, besides seeing our lives flash before our lives about 10 times, thanks to our skilled NASCAR driver who pulled off numerous U-turns in a giant bus in the middle of a busy street, it was a busy, informational day with lots of learning.

P.S. Nick is alive and well, back with us.  I was just kidding…