Lake Qionghai, Xichang, Sichuan, China (May 17, 2019) The usual on checking into a hotel in China is to take copies of your passport face page and visa. We somehow had some problems getting that done correctly - it took them three tries to get the right pages photocopied. After the post-dinner lake front walk, I was in bed already when the housekeeping staff knocks on the door. I put on a robe and answer the door and to this friendly but passionate housekeeping staff that only speaks Chinese. A little animated, she pulls out her phone and I'm relieved, thinking she's using a Chinese-English translator...but, meticulously she pecks out the Chinese traditional characters. Proudly she shows the Chinese character word she's trying to get me to understand with this expectant look and I'm dumbfounded. I got dressed and fond the team still in the lobby visiting - Dr. Chen had apparently just gone through the same request - they needed to copy the correct pages, which hadn't happened the previous two times they'd tried. The front desk sent out their "stretch limo" golf cart to take Dr. Liu (as a translator) and I back to the registration building, copy the face sheet, and carted us back. I verified the right page was copied...trust and verify!
Meanwhile, the Oklahoma delegation's travel saga didn't end quietly. Beijing was hit by thunderstorms and the flights delayed several hours after they'd boarded, so they hung out for another 3 hours. Exhausted they finally reached Chengdu after 11 PM and are hopefully sleeping soundly at the Tian Chen Lou hotel. They will skip Xichang and fly directly to meet us in Panzhihuan late tomorrow afternoon.
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