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Closing thoughts and well wishes to those who follow us

Performers at "The Romance of the Song Dynasty"

If this is your first visit to our China blog, then I hope that you’ll scroll down further or go to the archive and read more.

Some of my favorite articles to write were those on our first full day in Hangzhou and West Lake, about IU’s 30-year relationship with Zhejiang University, Hangzhou Television, GM in China and the World’s Fastest Train.

There have already been about 12,000 visitors to this blog, including many from China, Taiwan, Russia and many across Europe. Your comments are always welcome.

Making the experience even more enjoyable was the warm bond that was formed among our diverse group of academics, business people and journalists. Since returning to Bloomington, there have been at least two “reunions” – a tasty dinner at Professor Jaffee’s and a presentation to the Bloomington Press Club.

Professor Scott Kennedy, director of the IU Research Center on Chinese Politics and Business, noted that now he knows about 20 more “China specialists” at IU. That certainly was a major goal for the IU delegation. Soon his center will be opening an office in Beijing. Follow his center’s activities and his expert thoughts at his China Track blog.

For this guide, there are now only memories.  But the reach of Indiana University is extensive and soon many scholars will use their summer research time to travel abroad, including to China.

IU’s Singing Hoosiers will leave May 9 for a 13-day performance tour of China. The 40 members of the group will perform in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, and enjoy cultural exchange events and concerts with Chinese choral ensembles. This link tells you more about their upcoming adventure.

The boats of West Lake await you

As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. As I conclude this assignment, here are links to two photo galleries. One is an “official IU gallery” produced with the help of colleagues in the IU Office of University Communications. The other is a more informal gallery originally prepared for the Bloomington Press Club.

I hope that you will enjoy both photo galleries.  It has been a pleasure sharing our experiences with you. To those of who have followed my reports about this fascinating place I say, “Xia, xia.”


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I absolutely LOVED the links of the Galleries! I visited Beijing in 2003 and had the pleasure of attending a concert with 3 ensembles who were terrific. Thanks for this great page of information. I will share this with my friends who were with me on the Beijing trip.

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