We had an early start to our day to make our flight to Jiangxi province, and arrived in Nanchang (the provincial capital) around 11:30 am. We were immediately met by our hosts from Xinyu College (accompanied by a local news crew), and boarded a bus for the 2 1/2 hour drive out to Xinyu. After a brief stop at our hotel, our first event was a welcoming meeting given by the leaders of the college, events which are pretty formal in their conduct; everyone did a great job introducing themselves at this meeting.
After the welcome, we toured the campus and then went to a wonderful nearby restaurant in West Lake Park for dinner. Doreen, our main host from Xinyu’s foreign language department, then took us on a tour of the city; at one of the stops, Joey was interviewed by a news crew from the Xinyu television station about our visit. We then returned to our hotel, to prepare for our early start of the service portion of our trip at the college.