An early start for Chongqing
We got up very early (3:30 AM) to head to the airport and arrive in Chongqing.
Chongqing has over 32 million people and is known as the City of Bridges. It is a mountainous area with two rivers flowing through it. Do you know which rivers they are?
We arrived at our hotel and had a few hours to explore the city with students from the Univeristy as our guides. We talked about many things, including Kobe Bryant, the Lakers and all things NBA. Basketball is very popular here!
Although the delegate students are preparing for presentations in Mandarin (to be presented in the morning) and we are all tired and ramping up to visit schools, the opening ceremonies for the language competition and other scheduled events tomorrow, we still had time to check out the local McDonalds!
Good ol' Ronald McDonald sure does get around.
We have been learning a lot about Chinese culture from our hosts and tour guides. Everyone has been very gracious.
The students have learned not only about Chinese culture, but about each other and the countries represented. There have been tons of laughs, lots of bargaining with the Chinese yuan, and productive dialogues regarding our language programs and student learning.