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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Shanghai Surprise

Good evening fellow Americans!!! This is the last China Bear blog.

We started a very early morning with a delicious American breakfast and headed to the Xian Airport to catch our flight to Shanghai. Shanghai has the second largest airport in China and will soon surpass Beijing. Shanghai is expanding because they will host the 2010 World Expo.

Shanghai translates to “above sea” in Chinese and “kidnap” in English, but thankfully we are all accounted for… After a two hour flight we met our new tour guides, David and Helen. We were shocked to learn that Shanghai’s land area was half that of Beijing’s, but the population is larger with a total of 18 million permanent residents and 4-6 million commuters resulting in a grand total of about 23 million daily! We enjoyed a mouthwatering KFC sandwich on the way to an agricultural development zone. We were captivated by a short video depicting the advances in Chinese agriculture. We then toured the greenhouses complete with herbal mushrooms and hydroponics. Following our tour, we visited the city kennel where we saw various breeds of dogs and even witnessed Chinese police/military dogs in training!

We hopped on the buses and began a three hour (but only about 100 km) trek to a dairy farm in Suzhou. To say the least, we experienced the daily traffic of Shanghai! Along the way, we passed a technical/industrial park that supplies 1/5 of the world’s electronics. As we continued our journey we were amazed by on the largest manmade lakes in China. The lake is home to small crabs which are a Chinese delicacy; unfortunately, they are only available during the month of November. The dairy farm milked over 200 cows three times a day and is planning to expand another 100 head. The cows are fed a mixture of turnips and corn and are cared for by 14 employees who live on the farm. We found it interesting that the farm inseminates with American and Canadian semen and practices embryo transfers. In four months the farm will be fully equipped with a bio-digester which will provide fuel for the farm and nearby villages.
We arrived at our hotel and enjoyed one of our favorite Chinese meals thus far; hopefully the trend will continue! We are looking forward to our canal ride tomorrow! We miss you and our American food too!
Keep the comments coming! We love hearing from home!

Over and out,
Blake Becker, Nebraska
Adrienne Boyette, Florida
Matt Dybedahl, South Dakota
Katie Mosman, Idaho
Kris Newsom, Tennessee
Anna Savelle, Georgia
Shasta Sowers, Virgnia
Ray Scott Spence, North Carolina
Katie Zenk, Minnesota
Clay Zwilling, Illinois


At January 13, 2009 at 9:25 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

hay state Illinois officers it's funk so fun china i hope so like to hear about it on friday or saturday. also i am on the help the national officers for the theme of next year convention. is that awsome. peace out from the Funk.

At January 13, 2009 at 10:01 AM , Anonymous Mike & Shari Boyette said...

Hey, Florida team! We have really enjoyed reading the blogs! We hope you all are having a good time. We can't wait for you all to get back home and tell us all about the adventures! We are looking forward to Friday!!!!!!! Love ya'll!!

Mike & Shari Boyette
(Adrienne's parents)

At January 13, 2009 at 11:57 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Florida State Officers! I am glad to hear that everyone is having fun! See you soon.


At January 13, 2009 at 5:18 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey China Bears!!!! This is Katie's sister Sarah from Idaho. I hope you're having an awesome time over there!!! I can't wait to be in FFA!!! All my classmates LOVE reading your blogs that are posted in the hall on the bulletin!!! I can't wait to see you on Friday, Katie!!! ~Sarah Mosman

At January 13, 2009 at 6:59 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey there Florida Gang!! Hope all is well in China (Chanse you better have got me something good! -- Hannah) Hope you guys have fun at the dairy today, take lots of pic of China cows for me!! See you Friday!

The Huggins Family (Tim, Sabrina & Hannah)

P.S. Mom wants to know what you guys who are spending the night Friday want for breakfast Saturday morning? Noodles, Rice, Duck?? : )

At January 14, 2009 at 11:12 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Katie! We miss you here in the high school and can't wait to have you back home to hear about your trip. I have been following you everyday. Take care and see ya soon! Tori Z


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