Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Tucson - Return

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The group checked out of the Beijing Hotel this morning and bussed to the Beijing Capital Airport. The Band then broke into flight groups and boarded their assigned aircraft.

After VERY long flights and some extended connections (some more extended than others), the groups arrived in Phoenix and finally bussed to Tucson. The exhausted students were greeted by parents and friends. The trip provided an excellent opportunity for students to learn about another culture's customs, people, language, traditions, and cuisine. The students were able to perform at locations with incredible backdrops and provide a taste of their own music to the Chinese people.

Thanks to all those students, parents, friends, and staff who provided photos and comments for this blog.

July 2 : 01 Lobby of Beijing Best Western Hotel

July 2 : 02 Beijing Capital Airport Departure Terminal

July 2 : 03 Beijing Capital Airport Departure Terminal

July 2 : 04 Phoenix Sky Harbor Arrival Area

July 2 : 05 Phoenix Sky Harbor Arrival Area

July 2 : 06 Phoenix Sky Harbor Arrival Area

July 2 : 07 Phoenix Sky Harbor Arrival Area

July 2 : 08 Phoenix Sky Harbor Arrival Area

July 2 : 09 Phoenix Sky Harbor Arrival Area

July 2 : 10 Phoenix Sky Harbor Arrival Area

July 2 : 11 Phoenix Sky Harbor Arrival Area

July 2 : 12 Phoenix Sky Harbor Arrival Area

July 2 : 13 KOLD Return Coverage - Click Play Button

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Beijing - Zoo, Tea House, and Banquet

Our last full day in Beijing!

On the way to the zoo, we drove by the Olympic Park and saw the National Stadium (Bird's Nest). However, a gloomy morning prevented a clear view of the architecture.

Drove to the Beijing Zoo to visit the pandas and then off to a Chinese Tea House. A formal tea preparation demonstration was given. Be sure to ask your student about the surprise ending.

After lunch, the students were given an opportunity to shop in downtown Beijing and to visit the street vendors. Some of the more adventurous individuals tried the deep-fried "things" on-a-stick.

Our last dinner in China was our Roasted Peking Duck banquet. Ms Shane thanked all those responsible for the great trip.

July1 : 01 Beijing Olympic Stadium

July1 : 02 Beijing Zoo

July 1 : 03 Beijing Zoo

July 1 : 04 Beijing Zoo

July 1 : 05 Beijing Zoo

July 1 : 06 Beijing Zoo

July 1 : 07 Beijing Zoo

July 1 : 08 Beijing Zoo

July 1 : 09 Tea House

July 1 : 10 Tea House

July 1 : 11 Tea House

July 1 : 12 Lunch

July 1 : 13 Shopping at Olympic Store

July 1 : 14 Street Shopping

July 1 : 15 Street Shopping Snacks

July 1 : 16 Downtown Beijing Shopping

July 1 : 17 Peking Duck Dinner

July 1 : 18 Peking Duck Dinner

July 1 : 19 Peking Duck Dinner

July 1 : 20 Peking Duck Dinner

July 1 : 21 Peking Duck Dinner

July 1 : 22 Peking Duck Restaurant

Monday, June 30, 2008

Beijing - Great Wall

Wall Day - Two Great Wall locations, two performances!

This morning , we bussed to Juyong Pass about 50 km north of Beijing. First item of business was a group photo of the band in front of the wall. Then the band then set up in front of a temple on the wall and ran through their stationary performance. Free time then allowed students to climb the wall.

After lunch, we traveled another 10 Km north to explore the Badaling section of the wall.

After dinner, the band performed for the last time in China. Another high school band and several Chinese ensembles also performed with the Great Wall as the backdrop.

June 30 : 01 Great Wall - Juyong Pass - CFHS Falcon Band

June 30 : 02 Great Wall - Juyong Pass - Friends & Relatives

June 30 : 03 Great Wall - Juyong Pass

June 30 : 04 Great Wall - Juyong Pass Performance

June 30 : 05 Great Wall - Juyong Pass Performance

June 30 : 06 Great Wall - Juyong Pass Performance

June 30 : 07 Great Wall - Juyong Pass Performance

June 30 : 08 Great Wall - Juyong Pass Performance

June 30 : 09 Great Wall - Juyong Pass Performance

June 30 : 10 Great Wall - Juyong Pass Performance

June 30 : 11 Great Wall - Juyong Pass Performance

June 30 : 12 Great Wall - Juyong Pass

June 30 : 13 Great Wall - Juyong Pass

June 30 : 14 Great Wall - Juyong Pass

June 30 : 15 Dinner

June 30 : 16 Dinner

June 30 : 17 Dinner

June 30 : 18 Great Wall - Badaling

June 30 : 19 Great Wall - Badaling

June 30 : 20 Great Wall - Badaling Rehearsal

June 30 : 21 Great Wall - Badaling, Festival Rehearsal

June 30 : 22 Great Wall - Badaling, Chinese Ensemble

June 30 : 23 Great Wall - Badaling, Chinese Ensemble

June 30 : 24 Great Wall - Badaling, Chinese Ensemble

June 30 : 25 Great Wall - Badaling Performance

June 30 : 26 Great Wall - Badaling Performance

June 30 : 27 Great Wall - Badaling Performance

June 30 : 28 Great Wall - Badaling Performance