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Welcome to the RDFZ Beijing – Porter’s in China Blog!

We are getting excited for this 11th grade InterMission class to begin their incredible journey to the High School Affiliated with Remnin University (RDFZ) in Beijing, China!

You can expect to receive updates twice daily on this blog. Please keep in mind that the time in China will be 13 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time so the postings may not happen on a schedule that makes sense in your time zone. This blog is the place to find pictures, videos and reflections from students and faculty on the trip, as well as to receive daily updates about the group’s activities and experiences. We are asking our faculty trip leaders to post all materials so that students can be present for every moment and so that they will not worry about posting to the blog in a timely manner.

We also strongly encourage you to keep your contact with your daughter to a minimum during her experience at RDFZ, which will allow her to fully immerse herself in the life and community of the school and city. Emailing periodically is a great way to touch base with her without disrupting her engagement in school and other activities. We strongly discourage texting and phone calls for the duration of this cultural immersion.

It is going to be a FANTASTIC experience for all and we look forward to sharing it with you on this blog.

Day 1: Arrived in Shenzhen and enjoyed a traditional Chinese luncheon

From Dr. Alan Weathers, “After a 28 hour trip from the time we left Porter’s to the Shenzhen hotel, the weary travelers had time for a quick shower in their hotel room before a wonderful Chinese-style luncheon. The local Hong Kong/Cantonese food was the first opportunity for the girls to test their ability with chopsticks.  In the afternoon, we took a walking tour of the area, starting with the beautiful nearby beach, then a street with more traditional Chinese shops, and finally an outdoor shopping area with many familiar Western brands. The day finished off with another great meal in the hotel and a brief huddle to discuss the logistics of tomorrow’s welcome ceremony at SFLS. It was the end of a very long day.”


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Traditional 10 course Chinese luncheon at the hotel, hosted by the Shenzhen Foreign Language School._FullSizeRender

Taking the Ferry across the river from Hong Kong to Shenzhen

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Associate Director of the AP Program at SFLS, Ling Yung, and Dr. Alan Weathers, Porter’s Faculty Trip Leader.IMG_6072

The group is tired and all are checked into their rooms at the hotel for the night and looking forward to their first day of school at SFLS tomorrow!

Wheels are Up and the Porter’s group is off to China!!!

Porter's students wait to board their flight in JFK International Airport in New York City.

Porter’s students wait to board their flight at the JFK International Airport in New York City.

The excitement was palpable as each student waved goodbye and jumped on the bus this evening in front of 60 Main Street. The group arrived at JFK International Airport in NYC around 9pm, checked in and found their gate with ease. They boarded Cathay Pacific flight 845 to travel from JFK to Hong Kong and the flight has departed on time!