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Published: July 19th 2011
The Kunming Xinghua International Resort is spread over a great many acres. At it’s centre is a man made lake, over which is built a meandering bridge for after-dinner strolls. At the centre of the lake is a beautiful gold trimmed pagoda. Around the perimeter of the lake are water lilies and smaller ponds of fish and turtles. The centre piece of the lake is a massive mirror imaged gilded dragon. This centre piece sets the stage for a very tranquil ambience. For those wanting to meditate or just have quiet conversation, the many trails which meander throughout the gardened grounds offer just that. At intervals along the path are both marble benches, which encourage quiet contemplation, and outdoor aerobic machines designed to test one’s physical endurance. We often cross paths with other students from other organizations who are also staying at the resort. Many of them are dance or vocal troops rehearsing for competitions throughout the province. We've had opportunity to watch them in practice.
For the more energetic among us, there is no end to the activities available. Equally imposing as the lake, is the Recreation Centre. At the heart of that complex are two massive hangers or
buildings. One houses 3 pools, each one warmer than the other, wet and dry saunas, ten hot tubs fed from the local hot springs, and a therapeutic massage centre. With the wet areas being sometimes complimentary, several of us hang out there after dinner. Some have been living the life of the rich and famous, taking advantage of both foot and body massages. With the prices amounting to $6 and $8 respectively, everyone can afford to indulge and pamper themselves at least once.
The second hanger houses additional recreational activities such as tennis, ping pong, pool tables, dance studios, well appointed cardiovascular rooms, darts, basketball, video games room, card rooms, and karaoke. The recreation centre is where most of us find ourselves after dinner. The resort, with the recreation centre and expansive grounds offers something for everyone.
At any time during the day, at least once you’ll hear, “I can’t wait to see what’s being served at lunch or dinner“ The buffet style dinning room offers no fewer than 24 trays of assorted food choices, in addition to a dessert table and drink station. We sit with whom we please in groups of twelve. There is always a
lot of chatter and laughter amongst our tables and we talk about the events of the day.
We started our first day with the Opening Ceremony where Qiaoban Representatives from Beijing and Yunnan greeted and welcomed all students. After the Opening Ceremony, students were given the opportunity to get to know each other through an "ice breaker" activity.
for those parents who wish to call your children, please call Kunming Xinhua International hotel 011-86-4311123. The room numbers for students are the following:
Room 1301 Cindy W. and Chen C.
Room 1302 Ashley M. and Boyang W
Room 1303 Qiumin Y.
Room 1304 Qiu Yi X. and Si Yi L.
Room 1305 Hanyan Z. and Jenny Z.
Room 1306 Christine L. and Yu Meng Z.
Room 1307 Wenna D. and Julia Q.
Room 1308 Kelly L. and Samantha K.
Room 1201 Lecheng C. and Antonio K.
Room 1202 James R. and Tony Cong L.
Room 1203 Yifan L. and Zhengze L.
Room 1204: Rong Tan W. and Bill Zong J.
Room 1205: Zheng Yu G. and Zhenyu Joe L.
Room 1206: Jiahua L. and Andrew L
Room 1207: Jessica L. and Kexin Z.
Room 1208: Katie A. and
Room 1101 Devon W. and Glen Z.
Room 1102 Yolsun M. and Chen Xi Z.
Room 1103: Kevin Z. and Hanyu Z.
Room 1104: Lin Yuan S. and Ze Hua H.
Room 1105: Owen Danny L. and Chang Leon L.
Room 1106: Jason S. and Sebastian C
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