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Monday, June 8, 2009

Day 15

The Xi’an Chamber of CommerceWe visited the Xi’an Chamber of Commerce.  Our arrival was greatly anticipated; as we departed our bus, there were photographers all around us.  The Dean met with the Vice Governor of the Shaanxi Province and exchanged gifts.  The Dean received a large vase. He, in turn, gave the governor a Jon M. Huntsman School of Business Padfolio, a Utah tour book, and a Utah State University pen.  The Dean gave a speech on strategy to us and around 200 members of the Xi’an Chamber of Commerce.  After his speech, the Dean answered questions about the United States and the financial crisis.

A tea ceremony at the agricultural base

Students playing ping pong
We also visited an agricultural base.  Our visit was also greatly anticipated, as we were greeted by a large poster and numerous employees.  Our tour guide, Helen, showed us some of the base’s highlights.  We saw a stone that brings good luck to those who touch it.  We toured the largest stone museum in the province.  We saw a tea ceremony, and some of us were able to try dragon tea.  We played badminton and ping pong (two of China’s most popular sports) at a recreational facility built for students studying at the base.  We tried peaches, apricots, cherries, bananas, and a variety of nuts all grown at the facility.  We walked by pig and fish farms.  Our visit was very interesting and fun.


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