Our concluding banquet was originally intended as a simple get-together where we could all say good-bye, but the father of one of our WFU interns made arrangements to dine at his private club on the river and it proved to be spectacularly elegant and sumptuous. So we had another traditional night of ganbei and toasting.
Our final group activity was a night cruise on the Huangpu River, with brilliantly lit buildings on both sides of the river. It looked a lot like Vegas!
Looking back, I think the trip was very successful. We learned a lot about our present and future Chinese students and how to ensure their success in the future. We learned a lot about the culture and economic, political, and educational systems that make them want to come to American universities like Wake Forest. We established relationships that are likely to grow into fruitful partnerships for the university. We made new friends, both on and off campus. And we had a wonderfully good time doing it.