RoboCup Junior World Invitational Trip (Shenzhen-Liuzhou-Guangzhou 25-29 November 2015)

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Ernie, Gray and Shubham went on a trip. Thanks so much to the Liuzhou Science and Technology Museum for organising this and RoboCup Junior China for inviting us! Very interesting to know that the first Chinese city I had landed on, ever, on my first trip to the mainland is also an industrial powerhouse.

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It was plenty of fun checking out the Qianhai Special Economic Zone (They have apartments for entrepreneurs to move into! Now that’s what I call encouraging entrepreneurship…), they certainly got land though the location leaves much to be desired… It took us half an hour to Uber out of the place. Half. An. Hour!

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At least the food is as awesome as always. And many places deliver straight to your hotel. I’ve yet to find any other country that does eggplant the way China does it. And food portions are always so big.

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As on every trip to China, I would end up singing and dining with various local friends with the company I came with. China can be very collegiate and easy to mix around – there is a saying in Confucianism that goes along something like “to have friends coming in from afar, how delightful” – and our hosts certainly lived up to that. Though we did not take a train ride up to Yangshuo as planned (we were so tired and it was so cold), the competition organisers made it up for us by taking us on a river cruise of Liuzhou and we saw karst formations, as seen in the header photo.

Now let’s talk about work. 😀

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When it came time to do the work we went to China for, we did a group brainstorming session with 100 over students from the Liuzhou 12th Secondary School on “How to Build an Ironman in 30 Minutes” – and discovered to our delight that chocolates and Hollywood always work, even across borders.

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We ended the trip by visiting the local youth center and grabbing the local delight – Luosifen – by the train station.

We’ll be the first to sign up for this again.

Our special thanks to Auston Institute of Management, Mr. Girish Kumar and Temasek Primary School for letting us share about their Robotics experiences/stories!