Chinese News Articles about Dublin Ski Trip

Link to Article with Video

Translated by Google Translate - Link to actual Article in Chinese

Chinese and American students Changbai Mountain ski exchanges help 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics

March 24, 2019 16:04

Source: Phoenix Network Jilin Comprehensive

“Winter Olympics in Beijing, experience the opening ceremony of the skiing exchange event in Jilin – Sino-US students meet Changbai Mountain”. This group picture Liang Qijia photo

“Winter Olympics in Beijing, experience the opening ceremony of the skiing exchange event in Jilin – Sino-US students meet Changbai Mountain”. This group picture Liang Qijia photo

On March 24th, the Changbai Mountain Management Committee, the Jilin Provincial Sports Bureau, the Jilin Provincial Department of Education and the Global Development Research Institute of Tsinghua University jointly hosted the “Winter Olympics in Beijing, Experience in Jilin – Sino-US Students Meet Changbai Mountain” Ski Exchange The event was held at the Changbai Mountain Plateau Snow Sports Training Base.

Wang Ku, secretary of the Changbai Mountain Party Working Committee and director of the management committee, announced the opening of the event.

Wang Ku, secretary of the Changbai Mountain Party Working Committee and director of the management committee, announced the opening of the event.

The US Dublin High School Principal Bates and China Changbai Mountain Peace All Seasons Terrain Park Manager Mao Dechang awarded and exchanged flags.

The US Dublin High School Principal Bates and China Changbai Mountain Peace All Seasons Terrain Park Manager Mao Dechang awarded and exchanged flags.

At the ceremony, Wang Ku, secretary of the Party Committee of Changbai Mountain and director of the management committee, presented the letter of appointment for the “China-US Youth (China Changbai Mountain) Winter Sports Center” for the US Dublin High School Principal. The US Dublin High School Principal Bates and China Changbai Mountain Peace All Seasons Terrain Park Manager Mao Dechang awarded and exchanged flags.

Li Yiyang, deputy director of Changbai Mountain Management Committee, was interviewed by the media.

Li Yiyang, deputy director of Changbai Mountain Management Committee, was interviewed by the media.

Li Yiyang, deputy director of Changbai Mountain Management Committee, said that Dublin High School is a famous skiing school in the United States, and Changbai Mountain also has significant advantages in ice and snow resources. The gathering of Chinese and American students in Changbai Mountain to experience and exchange the infinite fun brought by the snow and ice sports is a rare opportunity for Changbai Mountain to show its own charm and development achievements.

"Winter Olympics in Beijing, experience in Jilin - Sino-US students meet Changbai Mountain" ski exchange activities.

"Winter Olympics in Beijing, experience in Jilin - Sino-US students meet Changbai Mountain" ski exchange activities.

It is understood that this activity aims to promote the friendly exchanges between Chinese and American young students, including the internship of General Secretary Jin Ping, "Ice is also Jinshan Yinshan", "300 million people on the ice and snow" and "promoting the development of cold and snow economy". Promote exchanges and cooperation between Jilin Province and international skiing famous brand schools. After friendly consultations between the Dublin High School and the Changbai Mountain All-terrain Terrain Park, a consensus was reached: a platform for winter sports will be established for the youths of the two places, and a youth winter sports center will be established in Changbai Mountain and New England respectively.

Rogers, a teacher at the Dublin School in the United States, was interviewed by the media.

Rogers, a teacher at the Dublin School in the United States, was interviewed by the media.

"This is my first time to come to Changbai Mountain. The scenery here is beautiful and the infrastructure is perfect. It is a pleasure to come here for skiing." Rogers, a teacher at Dublin School in the United States, said that although the snow road is different from the United States, this time She also left a deep impression on her skiing experience in Changbai Mountain.

806c973ee557a89_size123_w550_h365.jpg
"Winter Olympics in Beijing, experience in Jilin - Sino-US students meet Changbai Mountain" ski exchange activities.

"Winter Olympics in Beijing, experience in Jilin - Sino-US students meet Changbai Mountain" ski exchange activities.

After the opening ceremony, a total of 68 Chinese and American students from Dublin High School, Cosley Education Foundation, Jilin Province Second Youth League, Jilin Foreign Language University and Changbai Mountain Management Committee held a ski race on the 10km cross-country track.

Quinn, a high school participant from Dublin, USA, was interviewed by the media.

Quinn, a high school participant from Dublin, USA, was interviewed by the media.

“I started skiing when I was 5 years old. This is my first time to come to Changbai Mountain for skiing. The skiing experience here is very similar to that of my hometown, but the beautiful scenery here makes the skiing trip more fun.” Quinn, a high school participant from Dublin, USA.

"Winter Olympics in Beijing, experience in Jilin - Sino-US students meet Changbai Mountain" ski exchange activities.

"Winter Olympics in Beijing, experience in Jilin - Sino-US students meet Changbai Mountain" ski exchange activities.

Changbai Mountain is located in the “World Ice and Snow Gold Latitude Belt” and is “the world's three largest powder snow bases”. Its snow quality, snow volume and snow period are all at the top level in the world. “Changbai Mountain will use abundant natural resources to build a high-quality Winter Olympics athlete training base and volunteer training base to help the Beijing Olympics in 2022.” Li Yiyang said.

5th Report from Argentina-Chile

Wassup guys, it’s the one and only Zay telling you about what we did today. I am staying with my good ol pal Matteo for the past few days. We got up early this morning, like around 9(8 o’clock in the USA), to eat breakfast. We had toast with some Argentinian spread called “Dulce de Leche.” It was really good. We packed to get ready to go rafting. I put on my bathing suit because I was informed by Matteo’s dad that we would be getting wet. We got in the car and drove to Rufo’s house, the guy who’s hosting Syan, to pick up Syan and Rufo. It took about 1 hour and 20 minutes to get to the rafting place. You might have already heard this but the rafting place is owned by one of parents that is hosting Henry. We met up with the other kids and put on our thermal gear and safety equipment for Rafting. We quickly broke up into groups. My group was Candela, Rufo, Marie, Ainsley, Nikki, Caitlin, and of course me. Now looking back at it, it was a pretty stacked team.

The rapids were actually fun. I almost fell off the boat, but thanks to my Spider-Man like powers I stuck to the floor of the boat and didn’t fall off. We went through 10 rapids and the 7th one was the most bumpiest/ the most fun we went on. Trust me when I say a lot of water got in our boat during that rapid. After the 7th rapid we stopped at a rock that was 30 ft high so people can jump off it. Shout out to Syan for conquering his fear of heights and jumping off the rock. I unfortunately didn’t jump off because I wasn’t in the mood for rock jumping [yea i know I’m a party pooper]. Also while we were rafting my boat would constantly find itself at a splash war with Matteo’s boat. I kind of feel bad for Martina, she got splashed the most. After we were done rafting, everyone got together to have a picnic, talk, and joke around.  It felt like family. That was the majority of our day. Hopefully you guys are also having fun on your vacation. And don’t worry we didn’t forget about you guys. We miss you guys and can’t wait to get back home.

Love, the one and only Zay

Nordic Skiers in China

image1.jpeg

Hi Everyone! 

We are having a great time in China. We just arrived in Jilin Province and we are taking a bus to the ski area three hours from the train station. The skiers did quite well on the sleeper train and we are currently eating breakfast on the nice bus. The province is rolling out the red carpet for us. The governor is going to drive to meet with us this weekend. Apparently this is a big se because he is pegged to be the next Vice President of the country. 

image1 2.jpeg

Yesterday we drove across Beijing to visit the headquarters of the Winter Olympics. We received a VIP tour of the facility—which was converted from an old coal plant. Even the silos were converted to new offices. They had a giant relief model of all the venues-a few of which we had seen under construction the previous day. 

In the afternoon we ate lunch at and toured Tsinghua University. We have a special relationship with the school which has given us access to many interesting people and places. We had a large Dublin School reception with many of our Chinese families last night. 

We are now excited to spend three days in one place. We heard it snowed In the mountains so we are excited to enjoy some good skiing. And we race tomorrow! We will keep you posted.  This group is very fun and very helpful. Wish you could see us moving skis across the country!

Best, Brad

4th Report - Arrival in Bariloche

The Trip so far

The Trip so far

On Friday we started the day off bright and early waking up at 8:00 for a quick breakfast, so we could depart on time at 8:30. We then had a three hour drive to the bus station that would take us to Bariloche. When we arrived in Osorno we had time for a quick lunch which grabbed at a Chilean fast food restaurant. We all got Chilean hot dogs. We then proceeded to rush back to the station to be sure we didn't miss our bus. We boarded the bus after saying goodbye to Mr. Ortiz and Megan, and then we were off to Argentina! After about two hours into the trip we arrived at the Chile and Argentina border where we went through customs without a problem. We then had another two hours until we would arrive in Bariloche. When the bus pulled into the station, all of the of our host families were waiting for us and immediately greeted us when we stepped off the bus. We then got our suitcases and went our separate ways with each of our host families.

2nd Report from Argentina-Chile

Tuesday morning, we all came down to breakfast by 9:00am. Many of us made fried eggs for breakfast, we had freshly baked bread, and raspberry and nut “kuchen” which is a german cake/tart.  After breakfast, we made ourselves sandwiches to bring with us on the hike. We filled up our water bottles before getting in the cars.

Half an hour later we arrived at the National Park (after of course many pictures of the beautiful view along the way). We grabbed our gear and began our trip up the Sierra Nevada trail which is a 14km out and back hike. Some of us hurried excitedly up the trail while others wandered behind in awe at the environment. The trail was surrounded with vegetation similar to both the jungle and the forests of Dublin with lizards that would scamper across the trails in front of our feet. We learned about a foreign tree that grows only in Chile called the Araucaria. About halfway up the trail was an overlook of a beautiful lake that had crystal blue water and made you want to stare at it forever. We continued up the trail and discovered the trail narrowing to the side of a cliff. We carefully ventured across while gazing at the towering mountains next to us and listening to the glacier waterfalls in the distance.  

Eventually (a whole three hours later) we made it to the top and ate lunch gazing at the magnificent view, wishing we could stay there forever. Reluctantly we headed back down after refilling our water bottles with crystal clear and clean glacier water. The walk back went much quicker than the walk up taking only an hour and a half.

Once we got down, we went to the perfect blue lake and excitedly walked in the chilly water and on the lava sand beach as we looked up at the volcano and the mountains we just explored. We made it back to the house tired and hungry. We played some rounds of Uno before we had an amazing dinner of steak, corn, rice, potato salad, and bread.   We also tried the nuts from the Araucaria tree we collected on the hike.  They are similar to chestnuts.

After that, we cleaned up and collapsed into bed tired from the adventure that the day had brought. It was a very hard hike and was less enjoyable during the hike but reflecting back I’m very glad I did it and would have been disappointed if I had missed the experience. 

1st Report from Argentina-Chile

After we all met up at the entrance of the airport, we checked our bags and moved through security. We went to our gate and got dinner. We soon boarded our plane to Atlanta. After the short plane ride, we arrived at the Atlanta airport and boarded our plane to Santiago, Chile almost immediately. After boarding we got comfortable in the seats we would sit in for the next 9 hours. We were served a nice dinner, and had access to many movies to watch. After a VERY long and exhausting flight with sporadic turbulence, we arrived in Santiago and got our luggage and stood in line to get our passports stamped. Then we checked our luggage again. Our layover in Santiago was long but it was relaxing. We went to a restaurant in the airport and got sandwiches. They were really good. We split up and all got to walk around the airport. After a while we congregated and boarded the airplane to Temuco, which is a little farther south of Santiago. This flight was a piece of cake as it was only an hour.

Once we arrived in the small airport in Temuco, we finally got our luggage and sat a for a while as we got our rental cars. Some of us got bored and ran around outside the entrance to the airport. There was grass and it was green! The air was warm and the sky was blue! Once we got our cars (a van and pickup truck) we hopped inside and drove for about two hours to The Conguillio National Park. After the relaxing car ride, we arrived at our gorgeous house that we would be staying at for the next two days. We ran around with excitement exploring every part of the property. There is a pond, horses, a stream, fields, a pool, and a staircase to the roof! Mr. Ortiz’s parents were there to greet us and had started to prepare dinner that they were making for us! Neither of them speak a lick of English so we put our Spanish skills to work.

We heard that behind the house there was a path to a river. So many of us (including Mr. Pierpont eager to catch a fish) followed a path far into the woods. We followed little signs to a cute little stream with a bridge over it, and most of us assumed that was it. But I, Caitlin, knew that there must be more. I decided that I would continue to walk up this mysterious road, after a bit, the others began to follow curiously. Soon we found another sign that continued to point forward down the road saying “cascada”. I knew it! As we walked along the road we heard the faint sound of running water. We followed the path and the sound became much louder. We looked to our right and noticed we were on a cliff, far below us was a large river with huge rocks. Excited, we skipped down the path to the river.  We explored the river, it resembled a rocky river like the ones back in New Hampshire, we followed the trail along the river which led to a small waterfall. Meanwhile, Mr. Pierpont had begun to fly-fish in the river. We admired the waterfall and began to play in the river. He caught one! Mr. Pierpont caught a little trout on the first day. We just got here!

After tiring our selves out we hustled back to the house for dinner. We all sat down at the dinner table and ate a beautiful and tasty dinner of grilled chicken, rice, sausage, and bread. We all showered and got ready for bed. We were very tired for obvious reasons. Some of us finished the night by watching a movie and then went to sleep. Spoiler alert, we all got a great nights sleep. Tomorrow we would be hiking a mountain.

We say a sad farewell to our Bariloche visitors

After three weeks of adventure, our visitors from our sister schools in Bariloche, Argentina will be heading home on Saturday. Before they left, we sat down and talked with Maria and Mateo about their experiences in Dublin and the US.

Mateo and Maria

Mateo and Maria

Asked about the thing that most surprised them, they both agreed that they were surprised by how busy everyone at Dublin is. They were amazed that students at Dublin have as much to do in any day and that they seem to thrive on the routine. "Frankly, I was a little exhausted... and surprised. I was not prepared to be so tired. Day time is much shorter here, and that may be part of it, but so much more is expected..."

At the same time, they both agreed that Dublin students have more independence in what they choose to study and seem to have more fun in their work. Both were amazed at the variety of options and the range of resources available to students. They agreed that the beauty and accessibility of the landscape was a surprise - Maria loved Nordic skiing in the woods at the end of classes every day.

Asked what they missed from home, they were quick to respond - "our food." Maria said that she was just not used to eating at the times that Americans eat - in Argentina, they eat later in the afternoon and then at 9:30-10:30 at night. Mateo responded that they eat a lot more red meat in their diet. While neither disliked what was available, it just wasn't home.

Reflecting upon their time here, Maria said, "I didn't expect that the students would really want to host me and have me be part of things. I really loved the dorm experience. It was like a big happy family. Particularly on Milk and Cookies night..."

Award Winning Poet John Hodgen to visit Dublin - February 11-13

hodgen.jpg

by Henry Walters

This week we will be hosting a writer named John Hodgen for three days, Monday-Wednesday. You'll recognize him by his baseball cap and a slightly bowlegged way of walking, as if he had just dismounted from a long ride on horseback. 

As I tried to say this morning, it's not his personality or his private experiences that have led the English Department to invite him here, but something peculiar and jaw-dropping that he does with language: the ability to gather all the ribbons off a clothesline simultaneously while sledding underneath it at top speed. The ribbons of beauty, the ribbons of history, the ribbons of grief, of delight, of absurdity, of love: all of them at once! He has very large hands. 

John Hodgen lives in Shrewsbury, MA. He is Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Assumption College, and also teaches at Mount Wachusett Community College and the Worcester Art Museum. He is the author of Heaven & Earth Holding Company, University of Pittsburgh Press, 2010, Grace, (winner of the 2005 AWP Donald Hall Prize in Poetry), In My Father's House (winner of the 1993 Bluestem Award from Emporia State University in Kansas), and Bread Without Sorrow (2001, winner of the 2002 Balcones Poetry Prize) He has won the Grolier Prize for Poetry, an Arvon Foundation Award, the Yankee Magazine Award for Poetry, first prize in the Red Brick Review poetry competition, a Massachusetts Cultural Council Finalist Award in Poetry in 2000. He won the Chad Walsh Poetry Prize for the best poems published in Beloit Poetry Journal in 2008.

Several of his poems have been nominated for The Pushcart Prize, and he was one of five finalists in the Massachusetts Artists Foundation Fellowship Program. He was a finalist in Houghton Mifflin's New Poetry Series, Cleveland State University's Poetry Center Prize, Carnegie Mellon University's Poetry Series, and Northeastern University's Samuel French Morse Poetry Award. John's work has been included in the anthologies Witness and Wait: Thirteen Poets From New England and Something Understood ; We Teach Them All: Teachers Writing About Diversity; and Bone Cages.

The purpose of his visit is to bring a new perspective to the reading and writing that you are already doing: why you are doing it, what it's worth, and how you might make it even more meaningful, both to yourself and to others. 

Copies of poems by John Hodgen will be left in your mailboxes this afternoon and on the radiator in the hallway of the lower FAB. You can also find poems he has written here.

And listed below are a few times during his visit when you might meet with John, ask him questions, show him a piece of your writing, or chew over your own ideas with him:

Monday

11:30 - 12:00 Lunch 
6:00 - 6:45  Dinner
7:00 - 9:00 Tea at Writer's Cabin

Tuesday

8:30 - 10:00  Library "office hours"
11:30 - 12:00  Lunch

Wednesday

6:30 - 7:30  CLOSING READING (Putnam Art Gallery)

Your English teachers hope that the spark he brings to campus will keep smoldering in your own reading and writing, long after he leaves