We traveled through cities and mountains, just to meet these kids. Smiles that I would never forget.
I’ve been to some of the major cities in China, and had absolutely no idea where Guizhou was before this trip.
An ex-colleague who had worked in China, commented that Guizhou wasn’t a touristy place. Well, I wasn’t there to sightsee so it didn’t matter that much.
Another friend said that it’s a place where potatoes grew well! (Think potato chips)
There ain’t direct flights to the city of Guiyang, so we took a a domestic flight from Shenzhen last Dec. You could do the same from Shanghai too.
Guizhou has more overcast days and rainfall than any other part of the country with March till August being the rainy season, so it’s advisable to bring a brolly or raincoat if you are visiting.
The best time to visit is during the Spring Festival and in early spring, when most of the ethnic traditional festivals are held.
We stayed over at Guiyang city for a night before setting off early next morning to our actual destination – Jiamin Primary School, which was 6 hours away by bus.
The main guy behind this trip. Roy terrorizes kid(s) & blogs at http://tourwithroy.wordpress.com/
It’s really cold~~ brrr
Anyway, we finally got to the primary school around 4pm, and were warmly welcomed by the students dressed in traditional costumes.
Girls in costumes (Photo by Maxx Chew)
The old school building houses the primary ones on the lower level, the second level has been converted to dorm space for the teachers and staff. This was our accommodation for the night too.
A close up
A peep into the older classrooms, currently occupied by the primary ones.
What started out as a personal mission last year – to take Polaroid shots for all the kids in the school so that they get to keep their own pictures – will be continued this year! 🙂 Yippie!
Having been to a few SEA countries, and realizing that kids absolutely love the cameras and were constantly amazed by the photos in the electronic gadgets, I was inspired to leave each kid with a piece of memory. So please pass boxes of Polaroids to the team if you can 🙂 Very much appreciated!
Once again, thanks to my dearest friends Viviane, Vivien, Karen, Adrian & Wenting who contributed to my little mission.
Besides sending goodies over, we wanted to interact with the kids so the best way was to play games! Last year, the team had a basketball game with the students but it was not possible as the courts were too wet this year.
(FYI. The white building in the background is the new block of classrooms.)
Below: New basketballs for the school (photo by Maxx Chew)
The old furniture in the new building (Photo by Maxx Chew)
The tables, chairs and school bags for the kids arrived only after we left, still grateful that everything worked out in the end!
Together, we try to bring smiles to the faces of these kids. (Photo from https://www.facebook.com/caregiversgroup)
1. Air tickets during December can be real expensive, we checked budget airline options to fly to Shenzhen, but the 2-to-go deal via Singapore Airlines proved to be the best option during that period. | I have the habit of looking through the airline online sites and one or two major booking sites for the best combination of flight timings and prices.
2. Accommodation in Shenzhen: Sunon Holiday Villa via agoda.com || it was a really pleasant hotel and there was easy access to major shopping streets + food all around.
I’m a big fan of agoda because it’s easy to navigate and reliable. (p.s. I love flash deals too) | Alternatively, I use AirBnB.
3. Roy got us premium economy seats (with no extra charge) on our flight from Shenzhen to Guiyang via China Southern! Awesome 🙂 || rule of thumb, always try to book earlier.
We are just pretty much a bunch of working professionals from all walks of life, wanting to bring a little more joy & hope to the less fortunate kids in Asia.
The group’s heading to Chiang Mai this Christmas, please support by donating in kind or cash. Thank you in advance!