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October 30, 2013

Team enjoys sightseeing before heading to sister-school city

Editor’s note: Members of the Logansport girls basketball team are visiting China this week for a historic trip. The Lady Berries are the first team from Indiana to make an in-season trip overseas, as Monday was the first official practice day for IHSAA girls basketball teams. The following is a journal that senior Whitney Jennings is writing for the Pharos-Tribune.

Wednesday, Day 4

After our late night Tuesday, we had to be up early today for a day of sightseeing in Hangzhou. We were told that when Marco Polo visited Hangzhou, he called it the most beautiful and splendid city in the world. It has around the same population as New York City.

We were running on little sleep. Some of us (umm Katrina and Sam) were running on none. That didn’t slow us down though. Our first stop was a boat tour of West Lake. West Lake is considered the heart of leisure in Hangzhou. It is a combination of natural changes and human shaping of the land.

After our boat tour we headed to the Dragon Well Tea Park. Tea is very popular in China. At every meal we’ve had, they always serve some kind of hot tea. This is because the Chinese drink it to remove the toxins from their body and make them healthy. Our guide at the tea garden took us into a room and let us try the famous Dragon Green tea. She demonstrated how it removed the toxins from your body. We were all amazed. Many of us bought a can of the green leaves to bring home.

In the afternoon we visited the China National Silk Museum before heading to Jinhua. We had a fun time exploring the museum. It was amazing to see all of the tedious work that goes in to producing silk products. We also met some other Americans from Texas there. After explaining to them where we were from and what we were doing here, one man mentioned to us how he has Indiana roots. He understood Indiana’s attitude towards basketball.

As soon as we finished at the museum, we hopped on a bus for three hours that took us to Jinhua. We had a welcome dinner with our Jinhua hosts at the hotel. In between our meal and dessert, they took us down to a wedding ceremony that was happening on the first floor. We slid into the back of the room to watch, but we quickly had to leave. Instead of focusing on the bride and groom, the guests were turned around taking pictures of us.

We finally get to visit schools tomorrow and play a little basketball! It should be another action packed, fun day.

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