Twelve students from Samoa – including two winners of the Samoa Observer Short Story competition – are leaving the country for the trip of a lifetime today.
The group is heading to China for the next two weeks to learn more about the Chinese culture and life in one of the most populous countries in the world.
On Monday, a pre-departure briefing was held at the residence of the Chinese Embassy.
Chinese Ambassador to Samoa, Wang Xuefeng, congratulated the students for being chosen to represent Samoa.
“I am sure you will have a pleasant and interesting trip to China,” he said. “I want to congratulate you all because you have been selected by the University and you have been selected as the intelligent students and so you are ambassadors for Samoa.
“This is the first time for the Chinese Embassy to invite the young people to visit China, so I think you will cherish this opportunity.” Ambassador Wang said the group would visit a number of historical sites in China including the Great Wall in Beijing.
“There is a saying in China that goes, ‘if you go to China and don’t get to see the Great Wall then you haven’t been to China’ so for this trip if you don’t taste our roasted duck you haven’t been to China,” he said. University students ready to travel