The 2014 TWU Goodwill Tour began on September 19 when the Spartan men’s volleyball team traveled from Vancouver International Airport to Shanghai Pudong Airport. The flight began the weeklong Goodwill Tour which will include three matches, training with top level Chinese teams and universities as well diplomatic meetings and attending Tianjin University of Finance to see the first graduating class of the Trinity Western University – Tianjin University of Finance Great Wall MBA program.
The Spartans made great time and had great food on China Eastern Airline and arrived early after a quality 14 hour flight from CEA.
After checking through customs the Goodwill Tour group had a 5 a.m. breakfast and began their 16 hour day in Shanghai. They traveled to downtown Shanghai and toured the historic Bund financial district. The Spartans followed the riverside tour with a trip to the top of the Shanghai World Financial Center. At the top of the 492 meter structure the tour group was able to take in a breathtaking view of Shanghai from above on a gorgeous sunny Sunday morning.
The tour continued with the team traveling to and visiting Yuyuan Garden and touring the old town area of Shanghai. After lunch, some shopping and checking in at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at Fudan University the Spartans and entourage had a quick local dinner before heading out to view the Shanghai Acrobatic Show.
The tour group was privileged to see a fantastic display of artistic beauty, strength and symmetry over the 90 minute show.
Following the show the Spartans headed back to the Crowne Plaza in Shanghai for a much needed sleep after an opening 45 hour day.
The tour will continue Monday at 7 a.m. and will include the Spartans and tour group visiting Fudan University, touring the campus and then compete against Fudan in a 2 p.m. match at the University.